RML has completed a successful shakedown of its new TC1-specification Chevrolet Cruze ahead of the car's first proper WTCC test later this week.

In the absence of full factory support from Chevrolet, which dominated the WTCC series between 2010 and 2012, RML entered its own-funded Cruze in 2013 for Yvan Muller and proceeded to claim a comfortable fourth straight title for the manufacturer.

However, for 2014, new regulations designed to improve the racing and the spectacle of the series have been introduced both visibly and under the skin. Racing under the TC1 banner, RML will build six Cruzes to the new specifications and hand over to customer teams ROAL, Campos and Munnich for 2014.

The first time the Cruze has been seen in public, RML are behind factory-backed rivals Honda, LADA and Citroen in terms of preparations, which means a shakedown is all it has managed to complete prior to handover.

ROAL and Campos will get delivery for the first machines to test themselves in Valencia this week, with Tom Chilton and Hugo Valente at the wheel.

"The timeline for this project has been incredibly tight and I was immensely proud of everyone involved when car 001 rolled out," said RML director Ron Hartvelt.

"That this shakedown was successfully completed to the schedule we predicted back in October is a testament to the talent and dedication of the whole organisation.

"Of course we would have much preferred a proper test and development programme before handing the cars over, but we are confident that the customer teams will do a good job."

Citroen and Honda have both completed a substantial pre-season test programme, while LADA is also well ahead of RML in terms of preparations.

The opening round of the 2014 season will take place in Morocco on April 5-6



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