Alain Praises The Potential Of His Promising Country-Fellow

ZURICH / MISANO, 17 November 2009 Young Swiss-French driver Yann Zimmer had the possibility to participate in one of the tests of the International Formula Master which took place today on the Italian circuit of Misano Adriatico. Zimmer could enjoy this opportunity because of the support of Alain Menu, who is helping him with advice and contacts in this crucial phase of his racing career, and Chevrolet, in the framework of the agreement existing between the WTCC and IFM, which also includes initiatives to foster the surge of new talents.

Despite his young age (19), Yann Zimmer is regarded as one of the most promising formulae drivers in Switzerland and France. This year, the Yverdon-born has come second in the Formula Academy Euro Series, after winning in 2008 the "Volant ACO". In May, when the Formula Academy shared the Pau event with the WTCC, Alain spent time with Yann explaining the track and giving him driving tips on the difficult French circuit.

Yann Zimmer: "I am delighted to have had the opportunity of testing an International Formula Master car and grateful to Alain and Chevrolet, who have made this possible. This is the biggest and most powerful formula car I have driven so far and the experience will be very helpful in planning the future steps of my career. I know Alain Menu as one of the greatest Swiss champions since I was a child, but only got to know him personally a few years ago, when I was racing karts with his son Maxime. Since then, he has been a sort of unofficial coach and I am proud to count on his support and advice".

Alain Menu: "It's great that Yann got this testing opportunity, thanks to the IFM and Chevrolet. I have known Yann since a couple of years and I can tell he is a gifted, determined and very professionally-minded young driver. Seeing him, of course, I remember the early stages of my own career, when I was trying to make my way in the highly-competitive world of single-seater formulae with almost no backing at all and being forced to go abroad to try my chance. Yann is in the same situation now and if there is any way I can support him, I will do it, because I really believe in his potential and that he deserves a proper chance in motorsports".

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