Girolami set for Volvo WTCC test next week

Reigning Argentinian Super TC 2000 champion Nestor Girolami is understood to be testing for Polestar Cyan Racing in one of the team's Volvo S60s at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit next week.

Girolami set for Volvo WTCC test next week
Nestor Girolami, Honda Civic WTCC, Nika International
Nestor Girolami, Honda Civic WTCC, Nika International
Jose Maria Lopez, Citroën C-Elysee WTCC, Citroën World Touring Car team and Nestor Girolami, Honda Civic WTCC, Nika International
Nestor Girolami, Honda Civic WTCC, Nika International
Nestor Girolami, Honda Civic WTCC, Nika International
Jose Maria Lopez, Citroën C-Elysee WTCC, Citroën World Touring Car team and Nestor Girolami, Honda Civic WTCC, Nika International
Nestor Girolami, Honda Civic WTCC, Nika International

The move comes as WTCC organisers continue to search for an Argentinian heir following Jose Maria Lopez's impending departure from the championship.

Girolami raced twice last year in the championship in Slovakia and Portugal for the Swedish Nika Racing team, and speculation has been rife that he would be joining the Volvo factory squad in a test as part of an evaluation for their 2017 programme.

"Actually, I don't know how many chances I have to race in WTCC, but my desire is real," said Girolami at a press conference for the preceding round of the Super TC 2000 championship in Buenos Aires.

"If I have the chance to test for Volvo, it will be great. I'm in touch with people from the series, but nothing is sure at the moment."

The WTCC promoter, Francois Ribeiro, confirmed in a press conference ahead of this weekend's race that "an Argentinian driver" will be testing for Volvo, effectively joining the dots.

"You can count on me to do everything I can to keep Argentina on the calendar and keep also Argentinian drivers in the championship," said Ribeiro.

"Immediately after this race Volvo stays in Termas to test an Argentinian driver. Come to Termas on Saturday and Sunday and you will see him."

Girolami posted on his social media account that he has arrived at Termas de Rio Hondo along with Lada Sport driver Gabriele Tarquini.

Neil Hudson / TouringCarTimes

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