TEAM WORK PUTS CHEVROLET STABLE ON SECOND ROW Dark Horse Menu Is 3rd; Title Chaser Huff Is 4th; Tow Driver Larini Is 7th IMOLA, 20th September 2008 A concerted qualifying effort by the three Chevrolet drivers reaped rewards as all...
TEAM WORK PUTS CHEVROLET STABLE ON SECOND ROW
Dark Horse Menu Is 3rd; Title Chaser Huff Is 4th; Tow Driver Larini Is 7th
IMOLA, 20th September 2008 A concerted qualifying effort by the three Chevrolet drivers reaped rewards as all three Lacettis made it into the top seven, with Alain Menu and Rob Huff locking out the second row of the grid. Nicola Larini who is the least well placed Chevrolet driver in the standings towed Menu and Huff around the Imola track three times, thus giving up his own chances to qualify well since he is running one of the lightest cars on the grid. While Menu will try to score a podium finish for the Lacetti art car, Huff will be out to score as many points as he can to increase his title chances. Larini will look at tomorrow's second race to try and score that elusive first victory.
Alain Menu (3rd): "Nic helped me a lot today. He agreed to help us out in towing us around at the expense of his own chances to maybe score a front row position. That's real team spirit, as we mustn't forget Nic hasn't won a race yet and had every chance of building up to that today, at his favourite race track. Instead he decided to be the engine driver of our little train. We may not be on pole but it's still very close at the front. One mustn't forget that the lap times here are nearing two minutes, so one tenth off the pole is not all that much. I'm sure the racing will be interesting tomorrow."
Rob Huff (4th): "I'm very pleased with qualifying fourth. I have to give massive credit to Alain and Nic for helping me out. It's all a team effort, but at the end of the day everybody wants to beat his team mates, so a big thank you to them is very much in place. Our convoy worked well two times out of three, only the last time it didn't work out as planned. Also a big thank you to my race engineer and the boys. We had been struggling all weekend, but in the end we got it all right. This team is the best in the paddock, and this is the prize for their hard work."
Nicola Larini (7th): "I'm happy because we did an excellent team job. As my position in the championship is not as good as that of Rob and Alain, I'm am now focusing my efforts on helping them, even if it is at the expense of my own chances Therefore I drove the `tow truck' on all three qualifying laps, increasing my own lap times by maybe two or three tenths. Only on the last lap it didn't work as I ran wide in one corner which meant Alain had to close in on me too much to still be able to profit from the slipstream. Today I think we had our best tow ever, it was a brilliant team effort and the result shows."