TWO POINTS FINISHES FOR LARINI IN OSCHERSLEBEN Despite Good Pace And Exciting Show, Menu And Huff Pay Toll To First-Corner Incidents OSCHERSLEBEN, 6th September 2009 Nicola Larini took a 5th and a 6th position after two solid performances in...
TWO POINTS FINISHES FOR LARINI IN OSCHERSLEBEN
Despite Good Pace And Exciting Show, Menu And Huff Pay Toll To First-Corner Incidents
OSCHERSLEBEN, 6th September 2009 Nicola Larini took a 5th and a 6th position after two solid performances in today's WTCC Race of Germany in Oschersleben. The result of the Cruzes would have been much better if Rob Huff and Alain Menu hadn't been faultlessly caught in the typical incidents at turn 1 of Race 1. Both of them then put the show in Race 2, finishing 9th and 10th respectively.
Rob had been dropped ten places in the grid (down to 16th), after the engine of his car had to be changed Saturday evening, losing the advantage of qualifying 6th. Michel Nykjær, at the wheel of the Perfection Racing Chevrolet Lacetti, was equally unlucky in today's races, having to retire in the first one and finishing 18th in the second one, something that doesn't reflect the performance of the Danish squad.
Nicola Larini (5th/6th): "A reasonable weekend, with two finishes in the points. In Race 1, I got hit in turn 1 but managed to escape unscathed, I still don't know how. Then I did a good race, the car was going very well and I could keep behind me a bunch of BMWs. At the end, I caught Van Lagen, who was struggling to keep fifth place and was struggling with the handling of his car and was sideways at almost every corner. In the last corner of the race he went from the outside to the inside cutting my line while I was still braking and I couldn't avoid touching him. I am sorry for him and Lada, which was going for their first WTCC points, but there was nothing I could do. Race 2 was also good, I pushed to the maximum throughout the entire race, but I lacked some top speed on the straight".
Rob Huff (Ret./9th): "Unfortunately, no points this weekend, but good fun in Race 2. In Race 1, I tried to be as gentle as possible in turn 1, knowing that there will inevitably be an accident. It went well but when approaching turn 2, I found the car of Jorg Muller spun and facing the wrong way, with no place to pass on my right or on my left. I stopped and then I was hit hardly at the back by Gene and pushed into Muller's car. My week-end of points opportunities ended there, although the boys did a fantastic job repairing the front and the back of my Cruze, allowing me to perform well in Race 2 and to enjoy my duel with Rydell".
Alain Menu(18th/ 10th): "Race 1 was just frustrating. I was extremely careful from the start and at Turn 1, trying to avoid any trouble, however I was hit on the right side by other cars which had collided between them. I got a tire punctured and some damage on the front right, so I had to stop in the pits, and my race was ruined. In Race 2, the pace of the car was very good and I had a good fight with Monteiro. I had a contact with him at the end, but with the brake pedal becoming softer, I could not avoid it".
Mark Busfield: "It is nice to see Nicola in the points twice, after two great races, but of course, it is unfortunate that we had our two other cars caught up in the incidents at turn 1, once again not because of our drivers' fault. The boys worked miracles to repair Rob's car for Race 2 and Alain and Rob had a lively second race, climbing up through the grid and proving again that the Cruze is competitive".
Eric Nève: "I have to congratulate our three drivers because they really put together a wonderful show today. Unfortunately, our result here has been influenced by weather conditions in qualifying and the incidents at turn 1, but we can be satisfied with the good pace of the Cruze. It was also nice to see such a large Danish delegation coming to support their driver Michel Nykjær. Their passion and the good work of Perfection Racing did not find a fair reward either, but it is refreshing to see a privateer Chevrolet team and such support around it in the WTCC".