Five Chevrolet Cruzes in top six at Curitiba qualifying

Bamboo Engineering’s cars complete Muller, Menu and Huff 1-2-3

Yvan Muller, Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T, Chevrolet
Yvan Muller, Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T, Chevrolet

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CURITIBA, 21 July 2012: It was a blistering qualifying session for the works and independent Chevrolet Cruzes, which took five of the top six places in qualifying in Curitiba, Brazil, today.

Yvan Muller clinched his third pole position of the year, preceding Alain Menu and Rob Huff. Chevrolet’s near clean sweep at the top was completed with the excellent results of the two Cruzes entered by privateer Bamboo Engineering team.

Michel Nykjær and Alex McDowall took 4th and 6th positions respectively, in what is the best qualifying performance of the Bamboo cars so far. Gabriele Tarquini in a SEAT took 5th place for Sunday’s Race of Brazil.

The Cruzes proved particularly effective on the technical circuit in Paraná’s state capital in a dry and cool day that provided perfect racing conditions. Tomorrow will see Races 15 and 16 in the WTCC calendar.

Chevrolet currently leads the Manufacturers’ standings by just under 200 points. The three Chevrolet drivers occupy the top spots in the Drivers’ standings.

Yvan Muller (1st): “I am extremely happy with this pole position because it was not easy to be back on the track again after a relatively long break. It was a very closely-fought qualifying session. My team mates were in quite a good shape and we all worked very well throughout the various sessions.

“In Q2, my first two attempts were not that good, but the third clinched it and everything went well and the pole was mine.”

Alain Menu (2nd): “I am very happy with the second-fastest time, it’s a great result. The set up for the Free Practice 2 was slightly off but we sorted matters out by qualifying. I could have gained a few thousandths of a second here and there, but Yvan set a very good time and I don’t think I could have beaten him to pole in this session.”

Rob Huff (3rd): “It was a slightly disappointing qualifying for me, but it was a great team performance. In my fast lap, I managed good times in sectors 1 and 2, but lost in the third as I couldn’t get on the throttle fully in turn 8, the fastest one. I’ll try to make up in the races tomorrow.”

Eric Nève: “Chevrolet had a great qualifying session today. One important aspect to highlight is the excellent result obtained by the two Bamboo Engineering cars, which are in the top six and dominated the Independents’ rankings. I think it’s the first time there are so many Cruzes so high in qualifying.”

Source: Chevrolet WTCC Racing..

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Series WTCC
Drivers Yvan Muller , Rob Huff , Gabriele Tarquini , Alain Menu
Article type Qualifying report
Tags brazil, chevrolet, huff, mcdowall, muller, nykjaer