It’s official: Chevrolet to leave WTCC at the end of 2012 season image

It’s been a wild ride, but now it’s over: Chevrolet announced it will pull the plug off its WTCC program at the end of this season.

“Following a strategic review of our motorsport and marketing programs we have decided to leave the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the end of the 2012 season to focus our Chevrolet brand activities in other areas”, Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe said in a press release.

In eight years of WTCC, Chevrolet won two Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles (2010 – 2011) and totaled 59 race wins. „ For three consecutive years, Chevrolet’s racing team has proven the on-track abilities of the Cruze, the brand’s best-selling nameplate, against major contenders in motorsports,” reads Chevrolet’s press release.

The announcement has been made at the middle of the season to allow Chevy’s race drivers and partner RML to find new contracts. The Chevrolet WTCC Team is currently leading both Championships and is aiming to finish on a high by winning two more titles this year.

Chevrolet reassured its fans that it will continue to be present in global motorsports with its many other race series, including IndyCar and GT racing.