TWO CRUZES IN THE TOP FIVE IN WTCC's FIRST TASTE OF AFRICA Menu 2nd And Huff 4th In Testing Session In Marrakech, Larini 14th MARRAKECH, 1st May 2009 With two Cruzes in the top five, the first testing session in Marrakech confirmed the progress...
TWO CRUZES IN THE TOP FIVE IN WTCC's FIRST TASTE OF AFRICA
Menu 2nd And Huff 4th In Testing Session In Marrakech, Larini 14th
MARRAKECH, 1st May 2009 With two Cruzes in the top five, the first testing session in Marrakech confirmed the progress made by the Chevrolets and their predilection for street circuits. Alain Menu was a mere 4 thousandths of a second short from the best lap time of the day. Rob Huff took an excellent fourth position while Nicola Larini could not do better than 14th as he did not have enough track time after changing his gearbox settings.
Morocco and Africa welcomed the World Touring Car Championship with gorgeous weather and an astonishing venue, which will host on Sunday the third round of the season and the first ever WTCC event in Africa. The track, characterized by long straights, chicanes and sharp corners, is expected to be very demanding for brakes and tyres, given also the high temperatures.
Alain Menu: "It is a positive result and we hope to keep the same pace throughout the weekend. The car felt good, but I think we can improve it and we have to work on softening the set up, as we have to use the kerbs to find the best line through the chicanes. All in all, I think the circuit is more interesting than what we thought".
Rob Huff: "The car is stable and comfortable to drive and I did a couple of good lap times without pushing too much, so it is a very encouraging start. I think we have an excellent basis to work on and that we can gain some top speed with a longer top gear".
Nicola Larini: "I could only do one fast lap because it took more time to change the gearbox settings, so I can't say much about how the car behaves. The track is fast and challenging".
Mark Busfield: "It is a promising start of the weekend, which proves that when we are on an equal foot, we are doing well. Clearly, we still have things to learn about the circuit and there are also a couple of things we want to try in the cars".
Eric Nève: "It's nice to see our cars in the top section of the time sheet, that's where they should be! It is also very interesting to see the impressive work done by the Moroccan organizers, and I am sure this event will be a big boost for motorsports and for our brand in this country".