While its future rivals head for Austria for the fifth round of the World Touring Car Championship season, series newcomer Rotek Racing has concluded its latest test with the Ford Focus it will enter later this year.
The American team confirmed last month
that it had acquired the cars previously raced in the series by Arena Motorsport – with plans in place to make its debut in the fly-away events in the Americas and Far East at the end of the season.
Having already had chance to run the car in a test at Brands Hatch, the team has now undertaken further testing during a day on track at Snetterton, with Robb Holland – the first man signed to drive one of the Fords – again behind the wheel.
Holland was able to complete more than 50 laps of the Norfolk circuit on what proved to be a productive day on track, with the team now set to carry out one more test on British shores before the cars are shipped to the USA.
Currently based out of the same European facility, the WTCC team is set to move into new premises in California during the summer.
“The test went really well,” Holland – who returns to the WTCC this season after a one off outing in his home event last year - told Crash.net
. “It was primarily an engine mapping day for the guys at Montune, but we also gained a lot of insight on how our 2013 suspension updates worked.
“We were happy with the results, and will take what we've learned back to the shop to make some adjustments for our final UK test in June. Then the cars will be loaded up for the trip out to our US race shop at Sonoma Raceway.”
Work is ongoing to build up the second car to 2013 specification.