The LADA Sport team was able to enjoy its best result to date in the World Touring Car Championship in Morocco, after Kirill Ladygin too twelfth place in the second race on the streets of Marrakech.
Having qualified in 22nd place on the grid, the Russian driver took 17th place in the opening race of the weekend and was then able to stay out of trouble to finish twelfth in race two – despite being forced to battle against power steering failure on his 110.
"I'm very pleased with this result and it is made all the more better by the fact I had to work for it: halfway through the race I lost my power steering!" he said. "I made it to the end but I was completely exhausted.
“It's been a very tricky weekend and this is one of the most difficult circuits I have ever raced on, particularly as we are still struggling for power compared to some of our rivals. It's been a great race with only one negative point: somebody actually stole one of my race overalls as a souvenir..."
The race weekend didn't go to plan for team-mates Jaap van Lagen and Viktor Shapovalov – who both ran into problems in the two races.
A drive-through penalty in race one restricted van Lagen to 20th place before he picked up a puncture in race two that left him down in 15th after being forced to pit to repair damaged bodywork, while Shapovalov made contact with the wall in race one and took 22nd place before crashing out late on in race two.
"We've got mixed emotions at the end of this weekend,” Shapovalov admitted. “On the one hand, we're delighted with Kiril's twelfth place: our best-ever finish in the WTCC. On the other hand, it's a shame that Jaap was handed a penalty and that we sustained some damage to his car.
“From my personal point of view it wasn't so good either. In the first race I was nearly out of brakes and then in race two I waited a bit too long before changing the brake balance. In the end I had too much bias to the front, so I locked up and went straight into the tyres. My mistake, but this happens sometimes in racing. The important thing for us at LADA is that the potential is clearly there for the future, so we are going to keep on working hard."