Imola: Chevrolet preview

ITALY TO WELCOME THE CRUZE FOR THE FIRST TIME Chevrolet Team Determined To Do Well In Front Of Its Many Fans In Imola WELLINGBOROUGH / ZURICH, 11th September 2009 Following on from a frustrating week- end in Oschersleben, where the ...

ITALY TO WELCOME THE CRUZE FOR THE FIRST TIME

Chevrolet Team Determined To Do Well In Front Of Its Many Fans In Imola

WELLINGBOROUGH / ZURICH, 11th September 2009 Following on from a frustrating week- end in Oschersleben, where the unpredictable rain, race incidents and penalties prevented the Cruzes to benefit from the good pace shown on the track, the Chevrolet team heads to the next round of the WTCC in Imola with renewed determination to score good results.

As always, the WTCC can expect a passionate and warm welcome in the historic `Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari" near Bologna and Chevrolet can count on its many fans in Italy, a country where the brand is very popular. The Chevrolet Cruze WTCC was presented to the public for the first time in Italy, at last December's Bologna Motor Show, but has never raced or tested in Imola; notwithstanding this, the good performance level shown at Oschersleben, a track which has similar characteristics, i.e. a combination of very fast and technical sections, than the Italian circuit, is a good premise to this last European round of the season.

* QUOTES

Rob Huff: "Imola is a very special circuit, there is an electric atmosphere that you feel immediately when you get there. It will be another new circuit for the Cruze, so it's difficult to say how well we will perform there with respect to our competitors, but I think we can show good pace there, as we did in Oschersleben last week. I only hope we will not have all the problems we had in Germany and that I can repeat the podium finish of last year."

Alain Menu: "I personally like Imola a lot. It has very fast and technical sections that are not easy to negotiate with a touring car. If you lose the ideal line, your lap is basically lost. Depending on what happens during qualifying, I think we can look for some good result there, especially in Race 2. We saw in Oschersleben how important it is to be up in the grid, and how much of what happens on Sundays is actually based on Saturday qualifying's results, but we also saw that the Cruze is starting to perform well in all types of circuits, and this is really positive."

Nicola Larini: "This, of course, is my home race and a circuit I like very much, so I am really anxious to be in Imola and I will really go for a win there! I have always performed well in the Italian round of the WTCC in previous years, and it's time to add the biggest cup to my collection. Based on what the Cruze showed in Oschersleben, I think we can aim at some very good results, provided we qualify well. Imola this year will also be a special race for me, as my younger brother Andrea will also be competing in the WTCC, driving one of the SunRed SEATs. We have often been racing in the same place the same week-end, but generally in different categories. This will be quite fun, and as you can imagine, there is some excitement in the Larini family..."

./.. Mark Busfield: "When we look back at the cars performance at Germany it's encouraging for us to show well in Imola. The last week has been very busy to re-prepare the cars for Imola and also to prepare all the freight for the remainder of the season, as the cars and equipment will leave the Imola paddock on the Monday after the race to travel direct to the first long haul race in Japan. The logistics for this are enormous and after our shake down today the cars will not return to the factory until after the last race in Macau. As Imola is the last race of the European season, it's vital to give our home fans a good showing, and gather up some more heavy points."

Eric N

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Series WTCC
Drivers Rob Huff , Nicola Larini , Alain Menu