ALAIN MENU SCORES RECORD FIFTH 2007 POLE POSITION
Chevrolet Lacetti Maintains 100% Qualifying Record On Street Courses
MACAU, 17th November 2007 Alain Menu again rewrote the WTCC statistics by scoring his fifth pole position of the season, more than anybody else has ever managed in the World Touring Car Championship. On the 6.12-kilometre long `Circuito da Guia' in the streets of Macau, Menu grabbed pole on the very last lap of the 45-minute qualifying session, again confirming the Chevrolet Lacetti's excellent form on this type of track.
Nicola Larini, who still has a mathematical chance of winning the word title, set the fifth fastest time, while Rob Huff qualified in seventh. So far this season, Alain Menu managed to win the race each time he qualified on pole, and as such the Swiss driver is very much looking forward to tomorrow's final two races of the season.
Alain Menu (Pole): "This was my best qualifying lap ever in the WTCC, possibly even of my entire touring car career, except maybe for this one time in Oulton Park in 1994... It wasn't easy though as the slightest mistake in qualifying on this track can potentially ruin your whole weekend. My first run was good enough for provisional pole, but my second run got spoiled by another driver at Lisboa corner. But the last run worked perfectly so I'm really pleased with my performance, especially as I didn't really expect to be on pole. As for tomorrow's race we'll have to see what happens between the start and Lisboa corner as the run-up to first slow right- hander is so long... If I'm still ahead then, things potentially look good."
Nicola Larini (5th): "In the beginning of the session we tried to give each other a tow, but ultimately we all qualified on laps when we ran solo. I think that while we theoretically gain in top speed, we actually lose downforce, as on my fastest lap through Mandarin Corner I was faster than I had been with the tow, even hitting the rev limiter. On my fastest lap I had to pass four cars in the second sector which made me lose time and some concentration, but it would in any case have been impossible to beat Alain today."
Rob Huff (7th): "It wasn't too bad, but I had the feeling I was quicker than I actually was. As the temperature dropped when the sun started setting, the track became a bit faster, so maybe I went out just a bit too soon for my last flyer. In any case, the strength of the Chevrolet Lacetti on the streets again clearly showed today."
Ray Mallock: "The Chevrolet has always been very strong on street circuits although this morning I didn't dare to expect to be on pole, given the speed of the SEAT diesels. But the team and especially Alain did an incredible job to achieve that pole, while the other two cars are also very near the front."