Menu takes sensational pole for Chevrolet at Sonoma

Four Cruzes in top six at Sonoma
Muller and Huff in 4th and 5th

Alain Menu, Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T, Chevrolet
Alain Menu, Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T, Chevrolet

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SONOMA, 22 September 2012: The Chevrolet Cruzes did not miss their first important rendezvous on American soil, claiming pole position and filling most of the top spots in today’s qualifying for the WTCC’s first visit ever to the US.

Alain Menu took an incredible pole, his second this year, in the dying seconds of Q2 after an intense battle with teammate Yvan Muller and SEAT’s Gabriele Tarquini. The Swiss drove a perfect lap on the hilly and technical Californian track, beating his rivals by almost three tenths of a second.

Tarquini took second sport while Muller qualified in third position ahead of teammate Rob Huff. Alex MacDowall, on the independently-run Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Cruze, finished sixth fastest.

In a warm and sunny afternoon, the RML-run Cruzes proved competitive, raising a lot of expectations ahead of the two races tomorrow, which could see Chevrolet secure its third WTCC Constructors’ World Champion title with three rounds to go. To achieve this, the Cruzes will have to end the day with 42 points more than BMW and 37 more than SEAT.

The fight for the Drivers’ title, for which only the three Chevrolet drivers remain in contention, remains wide open.

Source: Chevrolet

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Series WTCC
Drivers Yvan Muller , Rob Huff , Gabriele Tarquini , Alain Menu , Alex MacDowall
Article type Qualifying report
Tags chevrolet, fia, huff, menu, muller, sonoma, wtcc