FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE CRUZES CONQUER THE ENTIRE FRONT ROW Menu Takes Pole Ahead Of Huff In Brands Hatch Larini (7th), Well Placed For Race 2 BRANDS HATCH, 18th July 2009 It was a perfect day for the Chevrolet Cruzes in Brands Hatch, as Alain...
FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE CRUZES CONQUER THE ENTIRE FRONT ROW
Menu Takes Pole Ahead Of Huff In Brands Hatch Larini (7th), Well Placed For Race 2
BRANDS HATCH, 18th July 2009 It was a perfect day for the Chevrolet Cruzes in Brands Hatch, as Alain Menu and Rob Huff ended today's qualifying in the top two positions, thus ensuring a completely blue front row for tomorrow's first race. Nicola Larini was 7th, a position which is very interesting with regard to race 2. This is the second pole for the new Cruze (after the one obtained by Huff in Marrakech), and most of all, is the first pole that the Cruze conquers on a traditional track, confirming the excellent progress made since its racing debut.
Against all expectations, the day was dry in Brands Hatch and granted excellent conditions since the morning's free practice sessions. The Cruzes were very competitive throughout the day and each one of the Chevrolet drivers set the fastest time at some point of Q1. In Q2, the Cruzes dominated the decisive final laps, first with Rob and then with Alain, whose last lap granted him the pole position.
Alain Menu (1st): "It was a very close fight for the pole but I am very happy with the outcome of it! My first quick lap was not good, I braked a little bit late at Druids and you can not compensate a mistake there. So I decided to stay quiet and be as clean as possible and it worked very well in my last lap. Surprisingly enough, the track was quite slippery this afternoon, but the car was very, very good. For tomorrow, we will see, it is always easier to start from the pole! I hope we will have either a completely dry or a completely wet race but nothing in-between the two things".
Rob Huff (2nd): "It's great to have two cars in the first row. The Cruze was really fantastic today, especially in high-speed corners. I am very happy with the balance of the car and the last few set-up modifications we made during Q2 paid off. We'll do everything we can to be on top of the result sheets tomorrow as well".
Nicola Larini (7th): "I made a small mistake on my best lap, going wide onto the grass at turn 8, then slid a little bit also in turn 9. I think I lost up to 4 tenths and a potential position in the 2nd row. Bottom line, it's a good day for the team and I am well placed for race 2".
Mark Busfield: "It's a fantastic qualifying result and everybody, the drivers and the team, did a great job. It is nice to see the Cruze at the best level of performance like the Lacetti was at Brands Hatch last year. One of our strengths today has been the excellent team work and the very close cooperation between all drivers and engineers. Sharing all the information was crucial in such a close fight for the pole like we had today". ./.. Eric Nève: "Brands Hatch has always been good to us and today's result is just a confirmation that there is something special between Chevrolet and this track! What I really take away from today's qualifying is that this is the first pole position for the Cruze on a traditional, permanent track and this is very encouraging for the future as well".