EXTRA TEST DAY TO PREPARE FOR HILLY CZECH TRACK Chevrolet's Pan-European Arts Competition Jury To Select New WTCC Livery Fresh form a third consecutive podium-finishing weekend in Pau, the Chevrolet WTCC team is now moving east for the ninth...
EXTRA TEST DAY TO PREPARE FOR HILLY CZECH TRACK
Chevrolet's Pan-European Arts Competition Jury To Select New WTCC Livery
Fresh form a third consecutive podium-finishing weekend in Pau, the Chevrolet WTCC team is now moving east for the ninth and tenth rounds of this year's championship on the Czech track of Brno. The hillside track is a favourite with the Chevrolet drivers, as it is a real drivers' track, which requires a well balanced car and smooth driving to make the best of its undulating nature. Two years ago, Rob Huff scored his first and Chevrolet's second WTCC win since the blue Lacettis joined the championship, and with both car and driver now matured to the point of being regular race winners, Huff is looking forward to racing in Brno again. Alain Menu from his side is looking forward to put an awful weekend at Pau behind him, while Nicola Larini is getting ever closer to that first WTCC win. After ten podium finishes, the Italian driver probably deserves it more than anybody else.
Rob Huff: "After two very successful weekends I'm happy to be off to the place of my very first WTCC win. Starting from 24th in the first race and going on to win the second in 2006 makes this place very special to me. The good thing this year is that we have a full day's testing on the Thursday before the race, so that will be ideal to get the car dialed in to the extra weight we're still carrying. But with the car we've got now I'm sure it will be a very good weekend again, and if I can walk away with another ten points or so, I'll be very happy. We'll just have to keep that momentum going all the way to Macau to be where we want to be. "
Alain Menu: "With the weekend I have had in Pau I have lost all of my success ballast, except for the 14 kilos for the championship points. That should be a good thing in order to score some serious points, although some others are in a similar position. The lightest of the diesels especially should be good in the uphill sections, but if all goes well for us this weekend we should be able to fight for a podium finish."
Nicola Larini: "After the good result in Pau, I hope that I can continue the trend in Brno. It is going to be difficult, though, because I will be quite heavy in success ballast and because such a hilly circuit should be more favorable to our competitors. In any case, one never knows, as there may be other variables like the weather that could play a great role. Last year, I scored good points in both races and I hope I can do at least as well this time."
Eric Nève: "It's always good to go back to a track where we've won before, especially at Brno where we have some of the best crowds in the WTCC. Touring car racing is immensely popular in Eastern Europe, and the local market place is very important to the Chevrolet brand. I expect to see lots of Chevrolet blue in the grand stands, especially now we've got the momentum going. Also in Brno, the jury of pan-European "Young, Creative, Chevrolet" art competition presided by Chevrolet Europe Executive Director, Wayne Brannon will select the winning project in the Visual Arts category. The theme of the Visual Arts competition was the livery of the Chevrolet Lacetti race car. One of the Chevrolet WTCC race cars will sport the winning livery in one of the end-of-season races in Europe, thus adding an extra impulse to Chevrolet's initiative aimed at fostering young artistic talent across the continent."
BRNO WTCC ON TV
In Europe, the races will be broadcasted live on Eurosport International.
CHEVROLET WTCC INSIGHT ON THE WEB
Throughout the 2008 European season, Chevrolet WTCC Insight will show you the behind-the- scenes of the Chevrolet WTCC racing team. On Saturdays and Sundays, media and fans alike will get the latest information and can ask their questions via the web in Chevrolet's own web cast. The web address is www.chevrolet-insight.com. First airings will be at 8.30pm local time (2.30pm Detroit time, 3.30am Seoul time), after which the 10-minute programme can be viewed any time. This year's programmes can also be brought to you as podcasts via the same website. An archive with all the 2007 and 2008 Chevrolet Insight features is available and video reports which can be downloaded as high-resolution broadcast files.
CHEVROLET RACING AROUND THE GLOBE
In Denmark, Michael Outzen and the Chevrolet Motorsport team lead Danish Touring Car Championship, with the third round of the series to be held this weekend at the famous Jyllands- Ringen. Team mate Henrik Lundgaard is fourth in the standings.
In the US, Chevrolet drivers Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. still chase championship leader Kyle Busch. Meanwhile, Jeff Gordon with 81 wins in a Chevrolet the most successful NASCAR driver in the series has moved up four places to sixth overall. There are still 23 of the 36 races to be run.
In Argentina, Chevrolet driver Christian Ledesma scored a fifth place finish in Santa Fe and is currently now first Chevrolet driver in the standings in eighth. The next round takes place this weekend in San Juan, the track with its unique figure-of-eight shape.
In the UK, Chevrolet Lacetti driver Harry Vaulkhard scored two 13th places and an 11th place at the last BTCC round at Croft. He is now 19th in the championship standings.
In Sweden, Tomas Schie finished fourth at Karlskoga in his Chevrolet Lacetti and moved up to seventh in the point standings. The fifth round of the STCC takes place next weekend in the streets of Goteborg.