Forty years after Autodelta was first set up, the company's distinctive triangular logo is making a comeback on Alfa Romeo cars.
The logo will appear on the new Alfa Romeo 156 GTAs due to take part in the European Touring Car Championship (FIA ETCC) 2003, where they will be driven by Nicola Larini, Gabriele Tarquini and Roberto Colciago.
Alfa Romeo has chosen Autodelta - the stable that boasts the greatest number of Alfa wins - to announce a return to racing that is even more ambitious than the return to form that has seen the brand drive away with the Manufacturers title and the drivers' title in the European Touring Car Championship over the last two years.
The GTA Racing Team Nordauto, led by Monica Sipsz, will race under the Autodelta colours from this year.
The Giulia TZ was the first model to put Autodelta firmly on the map and the company remained Alfa Romeo's technological sounding board and high-tech department for more than twenty years in all areas of motorsport including Formula 1.
This year, the championship includes 10 events raced over the most prestigious circuits in Europe. The races start on 6 April in Barcelona and end up on 19 October in Monza.
As far as the drivers are concerned, Nicola Larini will pursue his commitment to win at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo cars he began to race so successfully in 1992 in the Italian Touring Car Championship. In 1993, he was a victor at the DTM, again in an Alfa Romeo. He has been racing Alfa 156 cars since 1998. Gabriele Tarquini, at the wheel of an Alfa Romeo, won the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in 1994. This season, he has raced in the last two European Touring Car events in an Alfa 156 from the GTA Racing Team Nordauto and helped to win the 2002 Manufacturers title. Roberto Colciago also joined the Alfa Romeo team this year to compete in the last three events of the continental series. He took an excellent second place at Pergusa in 2002.