Third Pole Of The Year For The Cruze, As Huff Shines In Brno Menu 5th and Muller 8th complete Chevrolet's good day despite changing track conditions BRNO, 31st July 2010 - Managers and engineers of the Chevrolet team will have again ...
Third Pole Of The Year For The Cruze, As Huff Shines In Brno
Menu 5th and Muller 8th complete Chevrolet's good day despite changing track conditions
BRNO, 31st July 2010 - Managers and engineers of the Chevrolet team will have again the opportunity to wear a bow-tie when sitting in the pit wall stand tomorrow, as the team conquered their third pole position of the season. An unwritten dress code has it that on race day after a pole position, the team management wears the neck tie that is emblematic of the brand's logo.
Rob Huff was the hero of the day, achieving his first pole of the year, on a track very special to him, as it is here in Moravia that he conquered his first WTCC win, back in 2006. The RML- prepared Cruzes proved competitive throughout the entire day, being the fastest car in practice 1 (with Menu) and in Q1 (with Huff), despite changing track conditions that made the work on set- up particularly difficult. Alain Menu and Yvan Muller experienced that in Q2, but their respective positions in the grid, fifth and eighth, still put them in an excellent position for tomorrow's two races, where the objective will be to continue feeding in points the leading position in both championships.
Rob Huff (1st): "After finishing four times 2nd in qualifying this year, I think it was about time to take a pole, and I am glad I did it on a circuit that contains so many good memories for me. The car was very good since the first free practice in the morning and the entire team has worked very well throughout the day. We made some set-up changes in-between the two free practice sessions but we basically came back to the original configuration, and that worked well, as I was on top of the time-sheet in Q1. In Q2, the track became suddenly slower, we lost a couple of tenths with respect to Q1, but I managed to do a perfect lap, with no mistakes at all, perfect speed in the corners and perfect brakings, the kind of lap you achieve only once in a while. Tomorrow it will be tough against Tarquini at the start and the BMWs in the second part of the race, but I'll do my utmost to keep the turbodiesels and the rear-wheel drive cars behind!"
Alain Menu (5th) : "I am happy with P5, although I could have been a little bit higher in the grid, after finishing Q1 in third position. Unfortunately, the track had changed for Q2 and I was having more under-steering. We had changed the ground clearance and maybe that wasn't the right thing to do. I was also slowed a bit by the BMWs in my first attempt and made a slight mistake in the second, losing 2-3 tenths. But all in all, it's a good qualifying and the car feels good. For the races, we will see, tomorrow is another day..."
Yvan Muller (8th): "I am not very happy with my result and need to understand what happened. Track conditions were changing all the time, and for sure that didn't help. We reacted changing the set-up a number of times and I think we just went the wrong direction. I now need to sit down with my engineers, review all the data and find a good set-up for tomorrow. I am confident the team can collect many more points and conclude successfully this tight round of events".