Porto: Chevrolet qualifying report

CRUZES IDEALLY PLACED FOR BOTH RACES IN PORTO Huff (2nd And On The First Row), Menu (5th) And Larini (8th) Determined To Shine In Tomorrow's 99th And 100th WTCC Races On The Portuguese Urban Track PORTO, 4th July 2009 Confirming that the ...

CRUZES IDEALLY PLACED FOR BOTH RACES IN PORTO

Huff (2nd And On The First Row), Menu (5th) And Larini (8th) Determined To Shine In Tomorrow's 99th And 100th WTCC Races On The Portuguese Urban Track

PORTO, 4th July 2009 Confirming that the Cruze has inherited the predilection for urban tracks that has become a defining characteristic of Chevrolet in the WTCC, the Chevy boys will be ideally placed to obtain some excellent results in tomorrow's Race of Portugal, on the Boavista circuit in Porto. Rob Huff will start from the first row, after setting second-fastest time in qualifying, while Alain Menu is in fifth position and Nicola Larini in eighth, an excellent position in view of the race 2 reverse grid.

Furthermore, the team seems quite happy with the behavior of the Cruze on the Portuguese track and will work tonight to fine-tune the set-up further. Tomorrow's races will mark history in the World Touring Car Championship, as these will be the 99th and the 100th event of the series, but also for the Chevrolet team and drivers, who are determined to give the celebration a special flavour.

QUOTES

Rob Huff (2nd): "I am happy and disappointed at the same time. The car is fantastic and the team has done a great job, the second-fastest time is an excellent result, but I still think I could have obtained the pole, if I hadn't been held up in traffic. But no recriminations, we will now focus on tomorrow's races, hoping to achieve something positive".

Alain Menu (5th): "My problem today was the last chicane in the straight. I was really losing some tenths there, I don't know why. It's a pity, because partial times prove that I could have opted to the pole. We'll work on the balance tonight, to try to find some more front grip".

Nicola Larini (8th): "I could have been third or fourth, but I did a small mistake in my second run with new tires, hitting slightly a wall and damaging the suspension. It was my fault. Still, the eighth fastest time puts me in an interesting position for race 2, so I will focus on that one".

Mark Busfield: "When you hear our drivers today, there is some disappointment in their words. One can only wish disappointment to be having three cars in the top eight and one on first row! Still, it is true that we could have had an even better result, but the important thing is that the Cruze is competitive and that the drivers are fully motivated. For tomorrow's races, we have Rob in an excellent position for race 1 and Nicola well-placed for race 2, with Alain having cards to play in both. So, we will try to be tactical and avoid any trouble".

-credit: chevy

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Series WTCC
Drivers Rob Huff , Nicola Larini , Alain Menu