CHEVROLET SCORES DOUBLE DUTCH WIN
ZANDVOORT (RACES 3 & 4), 6 May 2007 Alain Menu scored the first win of the season for Chevrolet in the 2007 World Touring Car Championship at Zandvoort today. Menu led from start to finish in the first race, closely followed home by team mate Nicola Larini. It was the first ever 1-2 win for Chevrolet since the make started in the WTCC in 2005. Rob Huff retired from race 1 while running in eighth when the steering broke as a result from a collision at the start and another big knock three corners preceding his retirement.
In race 2, Menu unfortunately retired when the oil pressure dropped, while Larini used all his touring car experience to move up from seventh to fourth and score more valuable points. Huff, who started from the last row, enjoyed his race battling to 13th.
Alain Menu (1st/DNF): "It was a fantastic race! Chevrolet and RML totally deserve this win after so much hard work. The first four, five laps I did my best to look after the tyres while keeping the pace up front. After that I could control the race knowing Nic wouldn't try anything silly. To score a 1-2 win is great and bodes well for our chances in the next races. In the second race I ran comfortably when all of a sudden the oil pressure dropped, so I parked the car as quickly as I could."
Nicola Larini (2nd/4th): "I had a good start for the first race I could tuck in behind Alain. Like him, I had to look after the tyres a bit in the first few laps but after that it was a pretty straightforward race. It's always nice to have a perfect car on a track that really suits the car! The second race should have lasted a lap or two longer, because then, I would surely have finished on the podium. I had some understeer in the beginning, but otherwise the car was a gem."
Rob Huff (DNF/13th): "At the start of the first race I got hit by another car, damaging the steering. I had some play on the steering but managed to drive around it. I had moved up to eighth which was the best possible position to be in for race 2 when the steering broke and sent me into the barriers. But the guys did a superb job in making the car as good as new for the second race, so I could really enjoy that without any pressure or worries. I had a good fight with Yvan Muller, but despite being a bit quicker it's difficult to overtake here. Of course I didn't score any points, but with the way the car has been performing so far this year I'm sure my day will come sooner rather than later."
Ray Mallock: "This was a fabulous start to the European season of the WTCC and a great start to our championship bid."
Eric Nève: "This weekend was the first time I had the impression that we finally managed to unite all the elements necessary to win. This has been a great team effort, but hats off for the drivers who drove so brilliantly; Alain dominating the first race, but also Nicola nearly making it to the podium again in the second."