Chevrolet and RML appoint second WTCC team driver
Chevrolet Europe and RML have signed Nicola Larini as another experienced driver for its 2005 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) campaign. The 40 year-old Italian has driven in more than 30 Formula 1 and many touring car races during his successful career that led to two championships in the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft - 1993) as well as in the Italian Superturismo championship (1992). Larini won eight races between 2001 and 2003 in the European Touring Car Championship (ETTC) that is turning into the WTCC in 2005.
"I just could not miss the opportunity to join a world-renowned brand like Chevrolet that has a long record of wins on tracks from Indianapolis to Le Mans", says Larini. "Chevrolet now is entering the new World Championships at a time when they will be even more competitive with the new brands joining. I am extremely focused on this challenge and I am sure that my experience as a developmental driver will be an asset for this program".
Chevrolet will compete in the WTCC with three Lacettis prepared by UK based Ray Mallock Ltd. Eric Nève, in charge of the racing activities within Chevrolet Europe, says: "With Nicola and Alain we are happy to have two very popular and experienced drivers in our team. With such a strong driver line-up, we now plan to offer our third cockpit to a young driver who has had some initial success with front wheel driven race cars."