Belgium To Welcome The Cruzes As WTCC Leaders Four Cruzes entered in first-ever WTCC visit to Zolder ZURICH - WELLINGBOROUGH, 11th June 2010 - For the fifth round of the 2010 season, the WTCC is heading to Belgium, a country with a great ...
Belgium To Welcome The Cruzes As WTCC Leaders
Four Cruzes entered in first-ever WTCC visit to Zolder
ZURICH - WELLINGBOROUGH, 11th June 2010 - For the fifth round of the 2010 season, the WTCC is heading to Belgium, a country with a great touring car tradition but which has been visited only once (Spa, in 2005) by the world's main touring car series. No surprise therefore that fans from Belgium and bordering countries are anxious to be at the gates of the Limburg track!
For the occasion, Chevrolet is entering a fourth RML-run Cruze that will be entrusted to local hero Vincent Radermecker, who earned for Chevrolet the German ADAC Procar title in 2006.
Having left Monza three weeks ago in the best possible position, as leaders of both the Drivers' and Manufacturers' provisional standings, the Chevrolet boys are looking forward to further increase their points capital, in a track that should suit well the characteristics of the Cruze.
Yvan Muller: "It is going to be a new circuit for most of the drivers. I personally raced only once in Zolder, but it was a long time ago, in 1987, at an event of the German Supertouring championship. Theoretically, Zolder should be a track favourable to the Cruze and I hope we can continue scoring big points. We are in a good position in both championships, but it is much too early to think about that. We need to continue approaching things race by race, with the aim of being in the top three all the time".
Rob Huff: "This will be my third time in Belgium in the last six weeks, but it's a country I like a lot, so I am quite excited. Last week-end, I lived a very nice experience competing in the 12 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with Eric van de Poele and Vincent Radermecker, and second place was a fantastic result. Now I'm looking forward at being again at the wheel of the Cruze and at being on another circuit new to the WTCC, which I think is a very good thing for the championship. After the incredible week-end in Monza, I think we can aspire to some more success, in a track that should suit us well and where I only raced once, in 2000, with the F.Vauxhall Junior".
Alain Menu: "After two disappointing week-ends for me in Marrakech and Monza, I am confident that the tide will change and I think that being on a new track will help re-starting my season. I raced there some ten years ago, with the DTM, but the circuit has been modified since, so it is going to be something new for almost everybody. It's a track reputed to be tough on brakes, but the Cruze should be ok, as it is a very technical and not extremely fast track. Key point will be speed in exiting the corners, and we can anticipate that our rivals with rear-wheel drive will be very competitive".
Vincent Radermecker: "I am approaching this great opportunity with as much calm as I can. My objective is to take things step by step, to progress at every session and be in a position to help the team during the races, hoping that no problems will alter this plan. It was very useful to be with the team in Monza, to get to know everybody, participate in the technical briefings and de- briefings and also attend the WTCC drivers' briefing. This will make the adaptation process much easier and quicker in Zolder. Next Monday I should shake-down the car I will be driving, so this will be very helpful as well".
Ron Hartvelt: "We now enter the tightest and most crucial part of the season, with four events in seven weeks. I think we can expect a close and beautiful fight in Zolder, where brakes and curbing performance will be key. We had a testing session there with the Cruze in August last year and the information gathered then will be a very good base to start from. The track should be OK for the Cruze and we will have the advantage to run a fourth car for Vincent. We did some testing in Pemberey after Monza, and will have a couple of up-dates on the front suspension, but there is no major modification to the car".
Eric Nève: "It will be an emotional moment for me to be back in Zolder, a track where my career in motorsports started... Most of all, it is really a circuit for touring cars, which attracts fans from all the neighbouring countries, so we can really expect a great week-end. Chevrolet will contribute with over 500 guests from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France, and we will also have the jury of `Young? Creative? Chevrolet!' meeting and deliberating the winners of the 2010 edition of our pan-European contest for young artists. On the track, our objective will be to further build-up on the excellent start of the season and possibly to remain on top of both championships' standings".
ZOLDER WTCC ON TV
In Europe, qualifying, warm up and the races are be broadcasted live on Eurosport International.
CHEVROLET RACING AROUND THE GLOBE
In the US, following the second place of Jamie McMurray in Charlotte and the third place of Tony Stewart at Pocono, the latter is still leading in the overall standings of the NASCAR main series.
In the UK, Jason Plato obtained another win for the Cruze, this time in Race 2 at Oulton Park. Ahead of round 5 in Croft, Plato is now second in the BTCC overall standings, with the other Chevrolet Cruze driver, Alex McDowall, in 11th position.
In Argentina, Chevrolet Elation drivers Christian Ledesma and Guillermo Ortelli are respectively 9th and 12th in the standings of the TC2000 after the fourth round in Alta Garcia.
In Scandinavia, Jan Magnussen took a second place at the wheel of a Lacetti in the joint DTC- STCC championship in Goteborg. Magnussen is 6th in the Scandinavian series, with Chevrolet Sweden driver Viktor Hallrup lying in 13th position. In the STCC, Hallrup is 11th.
-source: chevrolet eu