Monza: Chevrolet Friday report

Three Cruzes In The Top Six In First Taste Of Monza Muller, Huff and Menu show fast pace in the testing session, while Pernia familiarizes with track, car and team MONZA, 21st May 2010 The Chevrolet Cruze had a very positive first encounter...

Three Cruzes In The Top Six In First Taste Of Monza

Muller, Huff and Menu show fast pace in the testing session, while Pernia familiarizes with track, car and team

MONZA, 21st May 2010 The Chevrolet Cruze had a very positive first encounter with the legendary Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, where it races this week-end for the first time. While the fast track near Milan suits better the turbo-charged and rear-wheel drive, the three Cruzes of Yvan Muller, Rob Huff and Alain Menu managed to be among the six fastest cars in today's testing session.

The purpose of the session was to optimize the car set-up rather than pure performance and the result is an encouraging sign at the start of this exciting Italian week-end. Argentinean touring car star Leonel Pernia, who is driving the fourth Chevrolet Cruze in this event, signed the 13th time, a good result taking into account that this was not only the first time he drove the Cruze but also his debut in Monza and in the WTCC.

* QUOTES

Yvan Muller (2nd): "Thirty minutes is not a lot for a testing session on such a long track as Monza, but we can be satisfied with today's result. In my last fast lap, I tried to force the passing through the first chicane, but I don't think that brings any significant advantage. As always, we will work tonight to improve the set-up in view of tomorrow's qualifying".

Rob Huff (5th): "Not a bad start at all, but it is difficult to test any set-up change when you only have half-an-hour of testing and the standard lap time is over 2 minutes! Tomorrow morning, during the free practice sessions, we will fine-tune the team strategy for qualifying, as towing is absolutely key in Monza to get good positions on the grid".

Alain Menu (6th): "We have no previous references with the Cruze in Monza and today, it was difficult to make any substantial change of set-up during the session, as there was not enough time for that. Seeing the lap times we made, I believe we have a good basis to start from and we'll try to optimize the car balance tomorrow morning".

Leonel Pernia (13th): "I am quite happy with my results today, considering that everything is new for me: the car, the team, the track and the championship! I progressed well throughout the session and find the Cruze very nice to drive. I look forward to the de-briefing with the other drivers and the engineers this evening and I think I am in a position to improve my times step by step during the rest of the week-end".

-source: chevroleteurope.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Yvan Muller , Rob Huff , Alain Menu , Leonel Pernia