SONOMA, Calif. – The World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) cars had their first taste of a U.S. circuit today as they took the track at Sonoma Raceway for the first testing session which opened the inaugural series event in the United States.
Alex MacDowall, at the wheel of a Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Cruze, posted the best lap time, making it the first time the British outfit is ahead of the field in an official session.
The three RML-run Cruzes had a good working session, with the three drivers using the half-hour testing session to discover the circuit and to work on the initial set-up simulations. Yvan Muller was 4th fastest, with Rob Huff and Alain Menu in 6th and 7th respectively.
Today’s session took place in excellent weather conditions and the team will continue work tonight to fine tune the cars’ set-up ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying. Chevrolet leads the Manufacturers’ Championship