Estoril: Chevrolet qualifying notes

DOMINANT CHEVROLET LACETTI ON POLE POSITION FOR PORTUGUESE RACE First WTCC Pole Position For Larini; Rob Huff 4th ESTORIL, 12th July 2008 Italian Chevrolet Lacetti driver, Nicola Larini, scored his very first WTCC pole...

DOMINANT CHEVROLET LACETTI ON POLE POSITION FOR PORTUGUESE RACE
First WTCC Pole Position For Larini; Rob Huff 4th

ESTORIL, 12th July 2008 Italian Chevrolet Lacetti driver, Nicola Larini, scored his very first WTCC pole position in Estoril, today. Larini dominated the proceedings from the very beginning setting a time beyond anybody's reach. He then confirmed his and the car's competitiveness by going even faster in the dying minutes of the session, while Rob Huff qualified in fourth. Larini's first ever WTCC pole at the same time continues Chevrolet's tradition of starting from pole position at every new race track the championship visits.

QUOTES

Nicola Larini (1st): "I'm very happy. It's a dream come true after a very difficult last few races. I hope I can keep that momentum tomorrow and finish on the podium. I also have to say a big thank you to the team for letting me have the test car for this race. The last few races I felt that maybe there was something with my regular race car, but it's very difficult to find out what in a back-to-back test, so I asked to leave my regular race car at home and take the test car to Estoril. I have to say I also like this track and the Chevrolet Lacetti in any case likes circuits with lots of camber changes, like here or in Valencia."

Rob Huff (4th): "I'm pretty pleased with fourth and very happy for Nic, he deserves it if anyone does. My first set of tyres worked really well, but on the second and third sets the car became nervous to the point I didn't always know what it wanted to do. Then two other cars tried to get a tow in the end, which distracted me a bit on that last fast lap. It's disappointing because I had the car to do better."

Alain Menu (DQ): "I'm very happy for Nic. I didn't do too bad myself so I was happy to be third fastest on the road. Unfortunately at the post-qualifying scrutineering it appeared that the fire extinguisher of my car was empty, so my times were disallowed and I will have to start from the back of the grid. It's a great shame to thus lose the potential the car has, as it would have allowed me to be competitive in the races."

-credit: chevroleteurope.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Rob Huff , Nicola Larini , Alain Menu