Chevrolet signs Larini

Italian ex-F1 driver and touring car ace Nicola Larini is the second driver to join Chevrolet's new Ray Mallock Ltd-run three-car assault on the 2005 World Touring Car Championship.

Chevrolet signs Larini

Larini joins Swiss former BTCC champion Alain Menu on the driving force for the team of Chevrolet Lacettis as British rising star Rob Huff becomes an ever-hotter tip to land the third seat.

Larini has enormous touring car experience on top of his single-seater pedigree as an F1 driver and even competed in the only previous edition of the World Touring Car Championship - with a handful of appearances in a factory Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo.

He won the DTM in 1993 and the Italian Superturismo Championship in 1992 and was a prominent contender in the new WTCC's predecessor, the European Touring Car Championship with Alfa Romeo between 2001 and 2003, winning eight races.

Larini commented: "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. 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 development driver will be an asset for this program".

Eric Neve, the man in charge of the racing activities at Chevrolet Europe, added: "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."

Huff, who made a big impression in his first season in the British Touring Car Championship in 2004 with the RML-run SEAT, fits the third deriver bill precisely.

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