ROB HUFF CONQUERS POLE IN CHAOTIC QUALIFYING IN MACAU
Menu (9th) And Larini (12th), Victims Of The Many Incidents And Yellow Flags On The Track
MACAU, 20th November 2009 Rob Huff emerged fastest man of the day after a chaotic qualifying in Macau, giving the Cruze its third pole of the season. The Brit, who had also set the fastest time in Free Practice 2 earlier in the day, managed to keep cool in very difficult circumstances and will have the advantage to start ahead of the field in race 1. The other two Cruzes were not that lucky: Alain Menu (9th in Q1) could not set a time on his first timed lap of Q2 as he got caught in an accident with Muller and Tarquini caused by Muller loosing control of his car due to oil on the track, while Nicola Larini finished 12th in Q1 and did not make it through to Q2 as he had to slow due to yellow flags.
It was a day of typical "Macau madness", with a number of crashes and incidents, resulting in many red flags and a lengthy delay to the original schedule. The day ended with three drivers, James Thompson, Gabriele Tarquini and Yvan Muller, taken to hospital for checks, but luckily all have been released.
Rob Huff (1st): "I am very, very happy for this pole position. The car has been perfect since it came out of the container from Japan and feels really good. I was the first one to take the track at the restart of Q2 and eventually that paid off, as I could have at least one clear lap. I came to Macau with two objectives: to get the pole and win one race, so half of the mission is accomplished and I am now looking forward to finish the job on Sunday!"
Alain Menu (9th): "Today was really a very difficult qualifying session. Basically, I could only do one proper timed lap in Q1, my very first one, and that was enough to be in the top ten. The rest of Q1, I was blocked by other cars or incidents. In Q2, I was following Yvan Muller and Tarquini on the first timed lap, but Yvan lost his car at turn 14, because there was some oil left from a previous crash, and hit the barrier. Tarquini could not avoid him and I had nowhere to go, so it ended up in a multiple accident. Unfortunately, Q2 ended there for the three of us".
Nicola Larini (12th): "My Q1 session was completely spoiled, as I found yellow flags on both my attempts with new tires. It's a pity to be left out of Q2 in the last race of the season, while I made it almost every time this year, but today was really a mess on the track. I will try to make the best out of my starting position, on a circuit like that you never know and maybe there is a card to play for race 2".
Mark Busfield: "Once again a day of mixed emotions. Rob on pole is a fantastic start to Chevrolet's weekend, while both Alain and Nicola were victims of others on track activity and incidents, as they should normally be up with Rob. The team will have to give Alain's car a new front end before Sunday as it took a heavy knock with the Q2 accident that happened in front of him. The team worked well today to ensure we have the pace to give us a pole and to try and get Alain's car back on track to set a time in Q2".