THE CRUZE AND LARINI GO TO ZOLDER FOR A ONE-DAY TESTING SESSION Belgian Track Readies To Host WTCC Round In 2010 And Regain Its Place In The Touring Car Scene ZURICH / ZOLDER, 6th August 2009 The Chevrolet WTCC team will be conducting today ...
THE CRUZE AND LARINI GO TO ZOLDER FOR A ONE-DAY TESTING SESSION
Belgian Track Readies To Host WTCC Round In 2010 And Regain Its Place In The Touring Car Scene
ZURICH / ZOLDER, 6th August 2009 The Chevrolet WTCC team will be conducting today a testing session in the circuit of Zolder, in Belgium. Nicola Larini will be the driver at the wheel of the Chevrolet Cruze WTCC. This session is part of the intense programme of development and testing of the new Cruze, which has made its race debut at the beginning of the 2009 season and has already won five WTCC events in its first season.
The test in Zolder takes an even more interesting dimension since the Belgian track has been included in the WTCC's preliminary 2010 calendar and will therefore resume its long tradition in the touring car scene.
Given its very demanding characteristics, Zolder is an ideal choice for conducting a test session during the summer break from the WTCC competition. The aim of this test will be to continue the constant development work on the balance of the car, set-up and aerodynamics. Information gathered will also constitute a valuable set of parameters when the WTCC will have its Belgian round on 19-20 June next year.
Nicola Larini: "I know Zolder well since the `90s and I think it's a track perfectly suited for touring cars. It's technical and demanding, especially for the brakes, with constant changes of rhythm, and it's also quite spectacular. I am really happy that the WTCC is coming back here and although this will only happen next year, having the possibility to test now will certainly be useful. We are not bringing any striking new items to this test, it is more about fine-tuning details and validating solutions. At this stage of development of the new Cruze, it is all about small things and small progress, in terms of tenths of a second, but at the end of the day those are what make a difference. It's a work that requires patience and that I enjoy a lot".
Eric Nève, Chevrolet Europe Motorsport Manager: "I am very pleased with the news of the WTCC going back to Zolder, because it is a perfect track for touring cars which enjoys a very strategic geographical location, at the crossroad between the Benelux countries, Western Germany and Northern France. This region happens to be a key car market and an area where interest for touring cars is very high. The WTCC has become global, with races in South America, Japan, Asia and even in Africa, but somehow the coverage of Western Central Europe was not optimal, so an event in Zolder will definitely correct that. This will be a great opportunity for WTCC fans and also for a brand like Chevrolet and personally I am very much looking forward to work again with the Zolder management team I used to work with when I started my career in motor racing".