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LARINI, HUFF, MENU RE-SIGN FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON Huff To Continue Title Chase In Monza With Help From Team Mates ZURICH / WELLINGBOROUGH, The Chevrolet WTTC team will go to the last European round of the 2008 World Touring ...


Huff To Continue Title Chase In Monza With Help From Team Mates

ZURICH / WELLINGBOROUGH, The Chevrolet WTTC team will go to the last European round of the 2008 World Touring Car Championship with the clear mission to further Rob Huff's position in the current points standings. The British driver moved up one place in the championship at the last race in Imola and is now fourth with still six races to be run.

As in Imola, Huff will be able to count on the support of his team mates in qualifying, while all three will try to increase Chevrolet's points tally in the manufacturers' standings. Their motivation will be as big as ever, certainly so now they have all three re-signed with Chevrolet for the 2009 WTCC season, thus marking a unique stability as next year will be the fifth consecutive season Larini, Huff and Menu defend the colours of Chevrolet.

In Monza and the two Far-Eastern races after that the three amigos will be joined by Japanese driver, Manabu Orido, who will use the Italian race to get to the grips with the Chevrolet Lacetti and the WTCC before putting his past racing experience at Okayama and Macau to good use for his team mates.


Rob Huff: "I will go to Monza with the same objective as I did two weeks ago: to score as many points as possible in both races to keep my championship chances afloat. The top three drivers in the standings and I are now on the maximum success ballast, give and take two kilos, so from now until the end of the season we will be on equal footing when it comes to that. Imola went better than I expected so there is no reason why we shouldn't be right up there again in Monza. The Chevrolet Lacetti likes fast tracks, and Monza is definitely one of those. The extra morale booster comes of course from signing with Chevrolet again for 2009. Now all we have to think about is the last three events of this year."

Alain Menu: "I'm the only one of the three Chevrolet drivers who has dropped weight since last race, so hopefully I can use that to my advantage in qualifying. Both Nic and I will of course help Rob wherever we can, since he is the only one with a real chance at the championship. I personally have always liked Monza and the track suits the Lacetti so we should look good there. I feel that as a team we have grown a lot over the last season, and it is good to know that all of us will be around again next year."

Nicola Larini: "The first objective for the entire team in Monza will be to help Rob move up positions in the overall standings. Therefore, it is difficult to talk about my own expectations for this race. I will help the team with the same enthusiasm and determination as in Imola, even if that implies some small personal sacrifice, especially in qualifying. I am delighted to stay another year with Chevrolet, RML and Rob and Alain. We are a good team and I am sure that we will continue to do excellent work together."

Manabu Orido: "For me the Monza race will be a unique chance to watch and learn from my Chevrolet team mates. In return I hope I can give them a few pointers in Okayama. The World Touring Car Championship is gaining in popularity in Japan, as can be witnessed by the number of Japanese drivers entering in the final two races this year. My target will simply be to finish the Monza races and be as competitive as I can, without taking any unnecessary risks."

Eric Nève: "It is good to be able to announce our drivers for 2009 at this early stage. It shows the confidence we have in their abilities and they have in our engineering strength. In 2009 we will run a new car and it is good to have stability on the drivers' side. Their combined 12 years of experience with the Chevrolet Lacetti will allow us to hit the ground running when we start to prepare for the new season. And while it may sound cliche, there really is no point in changing a winning team. Consistency and a methodical approach have allowed us to be where we are today, and will allow us to go even further in the future."


In Europe, qualifying will be broadcasted live on Eurosport 2; the warm-up and the races will be broadcasted live on Eurosport International.


Throughout the 2008 European season, Chevrolet WTCC Insight will show you the behind-the- scenes of the Chevrolet WTCC racing team. On Saturdays and Sundays, media and fans alike will get the latest information and can ask their questions via the web in Chevrolet's own web cast. The web address is First airings will be at 8.30pm local time (2.30pm Detroit time, 3.30am Seoul time), after which the 10-minute programme can be viewed any time. This year's programmes can also be brought to you as podcasts via the same website. An archive with all the 2007 and 2008 Chevrolet Insight features is available and video reports which can be downloaded as high-resolution broadcast files.


In Denmark, Chevrolet Lacetti drivers, Michael Outzen and Henrik Lundgaard scored a 1-2-victory at Padborg Park, enough for Chevrolet to win the Teams' Championship. Lundgaard followed up that result with a fourth and a second place in the second and third races of the weekend. Fellow Dane Michael Nykjaer will use one of the team's Chevrolet Lacettis to defend his European Touring Car title at the Salzburgring in October. More information can be found on

In the US, Chevrolet driver and reigning NASCAR Champion, Jimmie Johnson, is now just ten points behind "Chase For The Cup"-leader Carl Edwards. Fellow Chevrolet drivers, Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick, are in fourth and fifth. There are still eight races left on the calendar. More information can be found on

In Argentina, Chevrolet driver, Christian Ledesma has dropped to fifth in the standings with four races still to be run in the TC2000 championship. More information can be found on

In the UK, Chevrolet Lacetti, driver Harry Vaulkhard, scored a 16th, a 13th and a 14th place in the season's finale races at Brands Hatch and finished in 19th in the 2008 championship standings. More information can be found on

In Sweden, Chevrolet Lacetti driver, Tomas Schie finished fourth in the race in Våler and moved back up to seventh in the standings. The final race takes place at Mantorp Park this weekend. More information can be found on


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Series WTCC
Drivers Jeff Burton , Kevin Harvick , Manabu Orido , Rob Huff , Nicola Larini , Harry Vaulkhard , Michael Outzen , Christian Ledesma , Alain Menu