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WTCC: Thompson and Dudukalo set to join Lada for a full programme in 2013

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Khatir Soltani
Team Lada may run a full WTCC programme in 2013 with James Thompson and russian driver Alexei Dudukalo, who would bring Lukoil in the team.

After a two years break, Lada made its WTCC return for two races this season, in Slovakia and Hungary, where the russian constructor ran a Granta Sport WTCC powered by a 1,6 liters turbocharged engine, developped by Oreca. James Thompson was at the wheel.

It seems that Lada would run a full programme in 2013. James Thompson would stay as number one driver, while the russian petrol company Lukoil would also join the team. For two years, Lukoil is backing the Seat Leon Tdi driven by Gabriele Tarquini and russian driver Alexei Dudukalo, which could follow Lukoil in Lada team.

Honda will make its WTCC debuts with a full programme in 2013 after three races in 2012, while Chevrolet will retire from the championship at the end of the season. A third constructor, to be announced, could join the WTCC next season…

Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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