CRUZES PAY TOLL TO WEIGHT AND RACE INCIDENTS Team To Stay At Valencia For Development Testing tomorrow VALENCIA, 31st May 2009 Incidents during the first lap of race 1 and the handicap of running with high weight influenced the overall result...
CRUZES PAY TOLL TO WEIGHT AND RACE INCIDENTS
Team To Stay At Valencia For Development Testing tomorrow
VALENCIA, 31st May 2009 Incidents during the first lap of race 1 and the handicap of running with high weight influenced the overall result of the Chevrolet Cruzes in the Race of Spain, the fifth round of the World Touring Car Championship, which took place today in the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.
All three cars managed to finish both races, although they were unable to score any drivers points. The team are staying at Valencia, to do some development testing tomorrow to continue the performance path of the new Cruze, in preparation for the next race in Brno in three weeks time.
Nicola Larini (11th / 12th): "Our cars were simply too heavy with respect to competition. Because of that, I had to brake earlier at every corner and was unable to hold back some of my opponents. I was hit during the first corner incident in race 1, but managed to emerge with not too much damage. In race 2, the car was very good in the first laps, but because of the weight the tyres were down on performance as from lap 5. There was nothing more we could do".
Alain Menu (15th / 12th): "The first corner in race 1 was simply madness. I got touched by a SEAT and ended in the gravel, losing me many positions and damaging my steering. In race 2, I had a nice fight with Rydell and Porteiro, but I could not do any better than 12th, we did not have enough speed".
Rob Huff (22nd / 22nd): "I got hit in the first corner in race 1, and lost positions, then a couple of laps later I had contact with Bennani, and had to stop in the pits to change a punctured right front tyre. In race 2, I had a good start, but later made a little mistake in turn 2, missing the braking point and unwillingly hitting Alain."
Mark Busfield: "Unfortunately, all our three cars got involved in the melee in the first corner, where everybody seemed to be involved, and we suffered damages to different extents. This impacted on our pace and results in race 1 and put us down the grid for race 2. Tomorrow, we will be here in Valencia to test and do some work on the suspension and set-up that should take us forward in the development of the car".
Eric Neve: "We knew we cannot win every weekend and we knew that Valencia was going to be difficult. There is still a lot to learn about the new Cruze and this is why the team has planned a testing session here tomorrow, where we can build on the information gathered during the weekend".