Three touring car teams spent two cold days testing under Barcelona’s nevertheless bright skies, getting final preparations done at the Catalunya Circuit before the cars being shipped to Brazil for the opening round of the 2011 season.
Chevrolet drivers Rob Huff and Yvan Muller were indefatigable covering as more kilometres as possible with the Cruze in its new livery (se below) and fitted with the new 1.6-litre turbo engine.
SUNRED Engineering ran two SEAT León TDi cars with Gabriele Tarquini, Tiago Monteiro, Paul Ip from Hong Kong and 16-year old Spaniard Pepe Oriola, the youngest driver ever to join WTCC, alternating at the wheel. The Spaniards are developing a 1.6-litre turbo engine the will debut in at least on some of their six cars some time soon. Aside Tarquini, Monteiro and Oriola the driver line-up is likely to include Fredy Barth and Michel Nykjær and Aleksei Dudukalo, another rookie
Polestar Racing officially started into Volvo’s first full WTCC season in conducting a comparative test between the sole Volvo C30 that Robert Dahlgren will drive in the WTCC opening round in Brazil and the sister car that will be used by James Thompson in the Scandinavian series – both fitted with the 2.0L normally aspirated engines as the 1.6 Turbo is still under development.