Pau: Yokohama preview

YOKOHAMA SUPPORTS LADA STREET CHALLENGE Russian-based team LADA Sport is experiencing its first season as an FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) registered manufacturer. The team's brace of LADA 110s, equipped with Yokohama ADVAN tyres, ...

YOKOHAMA SUPPORTS LADA STREET CHALLENGE

Russian-based team LADA Sport is experiencing its first season as an FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) registered manufacturer. The team's brace of LADA 110s, equipped with Yokohama ADVAN tyres, has made steady progress this season competing against the likes of BMW, SEAT and Chevrolet.

The next WTCC race weekend will see the LADAs take to the street circuit of Pau, France, on 17 May. Last year's event was tough for LADA driver Jaap van Lagen, who failed to score points, but with a year's additional experience, a stronger finishing position is predicted.

"Pau is a special race, not only because it's a street circuit, but also because of the atmosphere," said 32-year-old van Lagen. "It's a very narrow circuit, with few overtaking opportunities, so getting a good grid position is essential."

The Dutch driver has gained extensive experience of the ADVAN race tyre over the last 12 months, and praised the way that the ADVAN performs on the undulating road surface at Pau.

"There are many bumps at Pau, especially where pedestrian crossings are situated on the circuit, but the Yokohama ADVAN tyres provide a consistent level of grip," continued van Lagen. "We struggled there in 2008, so this year's event will be like starting from scratch to find a setup, but the Yokohama engineers have helped us throughout the season to optimise the car's handling."

Later in the season, at Porto, Portugal, LADA Sport will replace the current 110 with the new LADA Priora, a more powerful and aerodynamic model.

WTCC fans will be able to keep up-to-speed with all of the action on Eurosport 2. Broadcast live, Qualifying takes place at 15:00 (CET) on 16 May, with Race One and Two live on 17 May at 12:45 (CET) and 14:40 (CET) respectively.

Pau track facts
Circuit length: 2,760 metres
Number of turns: 15
Race distance: 52.44 kilometres
2008 Fastest race lap: Augusto Farfus (BMW 320si) 1:22.682, 120.17 km/h

-credit: yokohama

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Series WTCC
Drivers Augusto Farfus , Jaap van Lagen