Robb Holland will be the United States’s only representative on the grid for the World Touring Car Championship’s debut in the country this weekend after securing a last minute deal to drive for bamboo engineering at Sonoma.
Holland, who recently made two appearances in the British Touring Car Championship for Tony Gilham’s team, has replaced Pasquale di Sabatino in the team’s second Chevrolet Cruze alongside Britain’s Alex MacDowall.
“This is a very exciting weekend for me, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to join the team this weekend,” said Holland.
“I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Cruze, and it’s great to be joining a world class racing team like bamboo engineering. This has been a last minute call-up, but I’m thrilled to be given the chance to show what I can do in a competitive car with a team as strong as bamboo.”
Team Principal Richard Coleman added: “This has all come together very late and has been very short notice for Rob, but we’re all very excited about the weekend ahead.
“Rob brings a lot of experience to the team and we’re all very much looking forward to working with him here at Sonoma this weekend. We’re confident we can bring home some good results and I think Rob will be the ideal partner to Alex here.”
Michel Nykjaer drove the second bamboo car to two top six finishes at the previous round in Brazil, but has clashing commitments in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship this weekend.