LADA pair James Thompson and Rob Huff have welcomed changes being made to the start procedure for the 2014 World Touring Car Championship season.
Under the changes, the series will no longer make use of rolling starts and will instead use a traditional standing start for every event over the course of the year.
Speaking ahead of the new season, Thompson admitted he hadn't been a fan of the rolling starts and was pleased to see them being taken away from the equation for the season ahead.
“The close proximity to the car in front at the start means you can seldom see the lights change,” he said, “ and if you aren't on the first row of the grid, you have to predict the start of the race from the cars around you. This has the added danger of bunching the field more closely as it arrives at the first corner.
“A standing start adds another dimension to the race for a team and driver, placing more importance on a good start that prevents the opposition from stealing positions at the green light.”
Huff meanwhile said he felt the decision to only use standing starts would improve the show for fans.
“Touring cars have always had standing starts and the rolling start idea was first coined to equalize the BMWs' strength off the line,” he said. “However, that advantage has now gone. Standing starts are much more exciting because they're harder to do.
“It's quite difficult getting touring cars off the line without wheelspin, so it puts more emphasis on the driver to do the job well and maintain or gain positions on the opening lap. I think it's a step in the right direction from a spectator's point of view too.”
Mikhail Kozlovskiy will drive the third LADA Granta Sport entered into the series for 2014.