Chevrolet heads to Hungary as most successful manufacturer in WTCC history
Cruze receives warm welcome in exhibition run along Budapest streets
ZÜRICH / WELLINGBOROUGH, 2 May 2012: Less than a week after its first visit to Slovakia, the world’s top touring car series is heading to neighboring Hungary for the fifth round of the season.
It is a short journey along the Danube between Bratislava and Budapest and the setting is not going to change much: the WTCC enjoys a tremendous popularity in Central Europe and the same huge crowds seen at the Slovakiaring are expected to flock to the Hungaroring this weekend.
Magyar fans were already given a treat yesterday as WTCC cars and a McLaren Formula 1 driven by Jenson Button took to the avenues and streets of the capital for an unprecedented exhibition aimed at promoting both the WTCC event and the Hungarian F.1 Grand Prix.
Half a million people witnessed the unusual sight of race cars driven along the Hapsburg-style buildings and monuments of their city. The WTCC Chevrolet Cruze was driven by Pasquale Di Sabatino, the young Italian driver who competes in the WTCC with a Cruze of the Bamboo Engineering team.
The Chevrolet team is approaching this Hungarian round with great confidence. Following its one-two win in Race 2 in Slovakia, Chevrolet has now notched up 55 race wins in the WTCC, becoming the most successful manufacturer in the history of the series.