James Thompson will return to the World Touring Car Championship with Lada this year, this week's AUTOSPORT magazine can reveal.
The former British Touring Car Champion and European Touring Car Cup winner has agreed a multi-year deal with the Russian manufacturer and will race the Granta model at both the Hungaroring and Estoril rounds this summer.
"I'm really pleased to have this deal," Thomson, who previously raced for Lada in the 2009 WTCC, told AUTOSPORT. "There's a totally new structure, with Lada Racing having been created, and this gives me a lot of confidence that this can go somewhere."
Thompson is due to give the Granta its maiden test at Magny-Cours in April.
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