Chevrolet to leave WTCC
Team pull out of series despite dominanting it for past two years
Last Updated: 04/07/12 5:34pm
Chevrolet: Pulling out of WTCC at end of the season
Chevrolet have decided to pull out of the World Touring Car Championship at the end of the 2012 season.
The American manufacturer has won the drivers' and constructors' championships for the past two years and is once again dominating the series this season.
The eight-year project has produced a total of 59 race wins, including 28 of the 34 held from the start of 2011 until through until this year's latest round in Portugal.
Chevrolet say the announcement has been made mid-season to allow their race drivers and race partner RML to be given adequate time to prepare for the future.
Chevrolet were the only full manufacturer left in the WTCC after SEAT withdrew their factory team before the start of the 2010 season.
''Naturally, making this announcement comes with very mixed emotions," Chevrolet motorsport manager Eric Neve said.
"This has been an amazing journey from our first season through to the double championship wins with the Cruze.
"We are extremely proud of the success we have achieved, including giving GM its first FIA World Champion titles, and would like to thank and pay tribute to the WTCC, RML, our drivers, partners and fans.
"We are now all focused on the remainder of season and bringing home the third double championship titles for Chevrolet."