Lada Vesta skips official 2015 World Touring Car Championship test

The Lada World Touring Car Championship team will skip the official pre-season test at Barcelona later this month to maximise development time on its new Vesta

Lada Vesta skips official 2015 World Touring Car Championship test

The WTCC is holding a pre-season group test at the Spanish Grand Prix Formula 1 venue on February 13, ahead of its season-opener at Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina on March 6-8.

Lada is switching from the Granta to the Vesta model for 2015.

A team statement said: "We have already made a successful test of a new engine and now continue our work with the new car, the Vesta.

"The schedule is very hard, engineers and mechanics work days and nights, because we want effectively prepare for the start of the season in Argentina.

"As the team is building a totally new car and the off-season break is very short this year, we have decided to focus on the preparation at our technical base at Magny-Cours in France.

"This was done in order to save time and maximise production and engineering resources within the test programme - that's why we will miss the collective test in Barcelona."

The previous Granta won two races in 2014 with Rob Huff, who stays on alongside James Thompson and Mikhail Kozlovskiy this season.

Victoria Ganeeva is senior editor of AUTOSPORT's Russian site

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