HUFF GIVES THE CRUZE ITS FIRST POLE POSITION! Larini 5th And Menu 10th (Penalty) Complete A Great Day For Chevrolet In Marrakech MARRAKECH, 2nd May 2009 The Chevrolet Cruze obtained its first WTCC pole position in today's qualifying for the...
HUFF GIVES THE CRUZE ITS FIRST POLE POSITION!
Larini 5th And Menu 10th (Penalty) Complete A Great Day For Chevrolet In Marrakech
MARRAKECH, 2nd May 2009 The Chevrolet Cruze obtained its first WTCC pole position in today's qualifying for the Race of Morocco. Rob Huff sat the fastest time in a thrilling afternoon in the narrow and technical Marrakech street circuit. Nicola Larini was fifth and Alain Menu 10th. The Swiss had obtained the second best time on the track, but his times were cancelled after its car could not re-start on its own from the weighing station.
The incident did not entail the team's satisfaction for the excellent form shown today. The three Cruzes had finished Q1 in the top three. The pole (the second for Rob in his WTCC career) is a first reward for the tremendous work done by the entire team.
Rob Huff 1st): "I am of course very positively surprised by today's result. The car felt very good, had good grip and showed a very consistent pace, which is an encouraging sign for tomorrow. I think all the testing done between Puebla and Marrakech is paying off and that the Cruze seems to have inherited from the Lacetti its preference for street circuits!"
Nicola Larini (5th): "The car was competitive, maybe I was a little bit unlucky in Q2, as my second quick run was aborted when Alain touched the wall. We had a good streaming strategy between the three cars and we had decided in which order we would go with a little lottery. I was third and today it was not the good number. But I am equally happy, because it is a very good day for the whole team".
Alain Menu (10th): "It is disappointing to lose the second position, but it's a good to see the progress of the Cruze and the excellent team result. In the last lap of Q2, I was out of turn 1 sideways and could not compensate understeer before turn 2, so I touched the wall, but it's nothing serious".
Mark Busfield: "Today's pole means we are collecting the first fruits of the hard work everyone in the team has put together. Is difficult to predict how the races will go tomorrow. There are many variables as the high temperatures and extreme constraints on brakes. And we may also have a number of safety-car periods. But with our three cars in positions 1,5 and 10, we have some good cards to play for both race 1 and race 2".
Eric Nève: "We are of course very pleased to obtain Cruze's first pole at what is only the third event of the new car. And it is nice to have done it here in Morocco, where the WTCC has been warmly welcomed and where we have so many Chevrolet fans. Tomorrow, as the tradition dictates, we will wear our bow ties and just ... cross our fingers".