Porto: RML race one, two report

RML Chevrolet rule the streets with 1-2-3 finish in Portugal Third 2007 Win For Menu, Huff Second, Larini Third; Menu Again On Podium In Race 2 PORTO (RACES 11 & 12), 8 July 2007 Chevrolet continued its dominance in the streets of Porto by ...

RML Chevrolet rule the streets with 1-2-3 finish in Portugal

Third 2007 Win For Menu, Huff Second, Larini Third; Menu Again On Podium In Race 2

PORTO (RACES 11 & 12), 8 July 2007 Chevrolet continued its dominance in the streets of Porto by scoring a historic triple victory in the first of today's races. Alain Menu, Rob Huff and Nicola Larini finished the incident-packed race in the order they had started in, letting none of their competitors even have a look at the podium. It was the first time since the beginning of Chevrolet WTCC programme in 2005 that three Lacetti's locked out the podium. For Alain Menu, it was his third 2007 win, the first driver to achieve this level of success this year. Rob Huff scored his first podium finish of the year and set fastest race lap in race 1, but a misjudgment and dirty tyres from driving off line left him without points in race 2. Menu again finished on the podium in race 2, after Larini crashed under braking while in third. Menu now ties with Larini for fifth in the championship, but takes the position courtesy of his three victories.

QUOTES:

Alain Menu (1st/3rd): "Today has been a great day for Chevrolet and the RML team and I'm very happy for them. If you look back at where we were when we started in 2005, and here we are now, in first, second and third... In the second race the track was very dirty. I tucked in behind Nic at the start and stayed with him as we moved up the order. I gave him enough room to pass Tom (Coronel) and managed to pass the SEAT as well, exiting the same corner. The next thing I saw was that Nic was in the wall and thus handed me third place, which I obviously didn't say no to. Being fifth in the championship, as I will be carrying quite a bit of weight myself at the next race. Were still only at the halfway mark and lot can and will still happen. But in any case, today was a good day on a street track that typically suited the Chevrolet Lacetti."

Rob Huff (2nd/11th): "As I said yesterday, we baked the cake in qualifying and put the icing and even some cherries' on top today. It was a very good day, especially for the boys who have worked so hard. Alain and I pushed hard at the start, but between the three of us we knew that none of us was going to do anything silly. I had two of the world's best drivers in front of me and right behind, so I knew I could just concentrate on keeping my second place. In the second race I misjudged passing Yvan (Muller) going into Turn 2, and then the wheels locked, so I ended up in the wall. I'm really sorry for the team."

Nicola Larini (3rd/20th): "As Rob said, we were not going to try anything tricky between ourselves. Considering the ballast I was running, keeping my third place was the best I could hope for. With the reversed grid for race 2, my strategy was 'maximum attack' as to score as many points as possible. Everything worked well and after the safety car I had a good run at Coronel and passed him for third. Then, defending my position on the straight I must have picked up some dirt going off-line and lost all grip when I braked, ending up in the wall. I'm really disappointed."

Ray Mallock: "An awesome result for the team! Today has been another important milestone for us, whereby the professionalism of the team and the way we go about achieving the best for the whole team in every area clearly showed. To have Alain finish on the podium twice is the best proof of that."

Eric Neve: "What a valuable day! It was good to see that many expressive faces in this friendly country where Chevrolet and RML demonstrated the reliability of the Lacetti in its natural environment."

-credit: rml

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Series WTCC
Drivers Rob Huff , Ray Mallock , Nicola Larini , Alain Menu