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Russian Bears Motorsport
Motor racing team
Founded 2007
Country  Russia
Team Principal(s) Russia Viktor Shapovalov
Current series World Touring Car Championship
Former series Dutch Supercar Challenge
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Teams' titles

Russian Bears Motorsport is a Russian auto racing team based in Moscow. They currently run the works team for Lada in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), under the banner LADA Sport.

Team History

Russian Bears Motorsport was formed in March 2007, and started by running BMW 320is in the Dutch Supercar Challenge, with drivers Viktor Shapovalov (who also owns the team), Lev Fridman, Evgeny Zelenov and Oleg Petrikov. Shapovalov, Fridman and Zelenov all made their WTCC debuts in the BMWs at Circuit Park Zandvoort, and Shapovalov and Fridman also competed in the following round at Circuit de Valencia.

Van Lagen driving the Lada 110 WTCC car at Brands Hatch in 2008.

The team returned to the WTCC to run Lada 110s in 2008, with Dutch driver Jaap van Lagen joining Shapovalov with driving duties. Kirill Ladygin joined the team in a third car for the final four rounds.

For the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season the team attracted support from Lada, the Russian company thus becoming the fourth manufacturer in the championship alongside SEAT, BMW and Chevrolet. The introduction of the new Priora at Porto and the addition of former British Touring Car Champion James Thompson to the driver lineup helped the team to increase their competitiveness during the season. Driver' Championship points awarded to Thompson for a pair of 6th places at the Imola round were the first for either a Russion Bears driver or a Lada driver in the series. In order to make room for Thompson, Shapovalov had stepped down from driving duties to concentrate on team management.

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