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The Cruzes Anxious To Start Second Half Of The Season In Brno Championship leaders expect warm welcome at traditional mid-summer Czech event ZURICH WELLINGBOROUGH, 23rd July 2010 The seventh round of the season will bring WTCC contenders to...

The Cruzes Anxious To Start Second Half Of The Season In Brno

Championship leaders expect warm welcome at traditional mid-summer Czech event

ZURICH WELLINGBOROUGH, 23rd July 2010 The seventh round of the season will bring WTCC contenders to Brno, the traditional mid-summer rendez-vous in the Czech Republic which always attracts huge crowds from all neighbouring countries. There are good reasons to that, as Brno has a great touring car tradition and the Masaryk Automotodrom is one of the most beautiful and technical natural tracks in Europe. Similarly to Spa and the Nurburgring, the current track is the heir of a legendary, longer circuit but has managed to retain all the essence and the magic of the old track.

The Chevrolets have always been competitive in Moravia and even clinched a memorable win in 2006, the second-ever in the WTCC for the brand and the maiden one for Rob Huff. The Cruzes will of course try to repeat the success, while the primary objective remains to collect as many points as possible, following the good results at Brands Hatch and the one-two of Muller and Huff which strengthened the lead in both Drivers' and Manufacturers' championships.


Yvan Muller: "Brno is always a key moment in the season and a very pleasant event, although the track is quite abrasive and hard on tyres, especially for front-wheel drive cars. I think we should be competitive, maybe more in qualifying than in race configuration, but we will see. The objective is to continue scoring heavy points. I am in the lead of the championship, but it is way too early to get excited about that. I know very well from previous years that the WTCC titles get decided on the last lap of the last race, so the best thing we can do for the time being is to bring home as many points as possible".

Rob Huff: "I am very excited at going to Brno. I always am, as this is a circuit I like very much and where I won my first WTCC race. I think the entire team and the three drivers have been doing an excellent work, as proved again in Brands Hatch, and we need to keep going with positive performance to possibly extend our lead in the championships. Brno is a place where we have always been strong, and also a place where weather conditions may play a role. Weather can change very quickly there, a little bit like in England, but one of the strengths of our team is precisely the ability to cope with changing conditions and adjust strategy and set-ups very quickly, as it happened in Race 1 in Curitiba".

Alain Menu: "I'll be in perfect shape in Brno as I am currently taking some days-off in Spain. Brno is definitely one of my favourite tracks, as it is really a drivers' track. Last year, the Cruzes were quite competitive and I expect this will be again the case, maybe with closer gaps, so we should be in a position to score good points for the championship".

Ron Hartvelt: "This will be the last race of the tight `4-race-in-6-weeks' tour we had this year, and we will use the break in the racing schedule in August to continue our testing programme, in Magny-Cours and Snetterton. We were lucky to have the last event very close to RML's home. This, together with the fact that we had basically no damage at Brands, has given us some more preparation time for Brno, which is appreciated. We have no up-dates on the car, as we are consolidating the work done so far, and although Brno's track configuration and abrasive surface suit better the rear-wheel drive cars, I think we can do well there and we will have again very close races".

Eric Nève: "We were surprised to learn after the Brands Hatch races about the Stewards' decision to penalise Alain, as we think that, under current rules, it is legitimate to race for 8th place in Race 1. Now everybody is warned that this is subject to interpretation. Looking ahead, we are delighted to be back in Brno, a place where the WTCC and Chevrolet have always received a very warm welcome. This year too, we will have many guests from the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary, and fans will also have the possibility to win a Spark in a public raffle organized by Eurosport and the circuit. The team will also be involved in a football tournament and in charity activity, so it will definitely be a busy and lively week-end".


In Europe, qualifying, warm up and the races are be broadcasted live on Eurosport International.


In the US, after the last event in Chicagoland, the trio of Chevrolet drivers composed of Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson is still lying in the first three positions in the overall standings.

In the UK, Jason Plato holds the second position in the BTCC overall standings ahead of the long summer break, with the other Chevrolet Cruze driver, Alex McDowall, in 13th position. Activity will resume on 7-8 August in Snetterton.

In Argentina, the winter break of the TC2000 will end on 22 August, with the round in La Rioja. Chevrolet Elaion drivers Guillermo Ortelli and Cristian Ledesma (who has celebrated his 100th TC2000 event in Termas de Rio Hondo) are 8th and 13th, respectively, in the overall standings.

In Scandinavia, Jan Magnussen Magnussen is 6th in the Scandinavian series, with Chevrolet Sweden driver Viktor Hallrup lying in 13th position. In the STCC, Hallrup is 11th. Activity is to resumle on 13-14 in Sweden (Karskoga) and on 14-15 August in Denmark (Ring Djursland).

-source: chevrolet

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Series WTCC
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jan Magnussen , Jimmie Johnson , Yvan Muller , Jason Plato , Rob Huff , Alain Menu , Guillermo Ortelli