Double Victory And Five Podium Finishes For The New Cruze In Brazil!
Huff and Menu win the two races, with Muller on podium twice and Bueno once
CURITIBA, 20th March 2011 – It was a triumphal start of the season for the new Cruze 1.6 turbo, as the blue boys swept the floor in Curitiba: Rob Huff won Race 1 ahead of Muller and local hero Cacá Bueno, while Alain Menu (6th in Race 1) took victory in Race 2, with Muller, Huff and Bueno taking 3rd, 4th and 5th, respectively. The Chevrolet team could have not dreamt of a better scenario, as it leaves Brazil with plenty of cups and points.
Race 1 was relatively quite, with Huff, Muller and Bueno making a perfect use of their three top positions in the grid to control the race from flag to flag, while Menu managed to climb some positions to finish sixth.
The Swiss had been given a nice present on Saturday evening after qualifying, when the sanction imposed on one of the SEATs re-instated him in the top ten, which meant starting from the pole in Race 2. While he couldn’t use this advantage at the start, he then put a superb performance, passing Tarquini and Coronel after fierce duels and taking a well-deserved win, while Muller, Huff and Bueno finished just behind Coronel.
With these results, the new Cruze 1.6 turbo proves it is the most competitive car in the WTCC and the Chevrolet team honors in the best possible way its status of double World Champion.