The Cruze Goes Back With Confidence To Marrakech, Home Of Its First WTCC Win Moroccan Race Will See A Record 8-Chevrolet Entry Which Includes Three Local Heroes WELLINGBOROUGH / ZURICH, 23rd April 2010 After the long break that followed the ...
The Cruze Goes Back With Confidence To Marrakech, Home Of Its First WTCC Win
Moroccan Race Will See A Record 8-Chevrolet Entry Which Includes Three Local Heroes
WELLINGBOROUGH / ZURICH, 23rd April 2010 After the long break that followed the season- opener in Brazil, it is time for the WTCC to resume action. The second round of the 2010 championship will bring the excitement of world touring car racing to Africa. For the second time, the street circuit of Marrakech will host the Race of Morocco. With no doubt, just mentioning Marrakech brings back wonderful memories to anyone in the Chevrolet team, as the Cruze obtained there a superb double victory in 2009, actually the first WTCC wins of the new Cruze.
That 2009 result left the marker quite high, but the team is committed to score as many points as possible, keeping the focus on what is the ultimate goal for 2010, the title. This Moroccan event will in any case mark a record for Chevrolet, as this will be the WTCC race with the most Chevys on track ever: eight! In addition to the three works Cruze of Rob, Alain and Yvan and to the two Bamboo Engineering Lacettis of Vaulkhard and O'Young that compete in the Independents' Trophy this year, there will be three additional privateer Lacettis entered in this event. Prepared by Swiss team Maurer Motorsport, they will be entrusted to three local drivers, who will certainly enjoy the support of Moroccan fans: Ismail Sbai, Youssef El-Marnissi and Larbi Tadlaoui.
Yvan Muller (Car # 6): "I'm anxious to be in Marrakech again. I think it is a wonderful event and that local organizers are doing a wonderful job. The track itself may not be the most exciting of the season, but it is technical and interesting. The Cruze did very well there last year and, with the progress made on the car since then, we should be competitive, despite the fact that we will be leveled with our competitors in terms of weight. As always in Marrakech, brakes will be the key thing to watch, as they are extremely challenged in that track".
Rob Huff (Car # 7): "For sure, Marrakech will be tougher for us this year, but I am very confident. As proved in Brazil, we have a good car and there is no reason why we should not be among the front-runners. As always on a street circuit, anything can happen, so it will be a matter of being sensible, do a good qualifying and bring home heavy points for the championship".
Alain Menu (# 8): "I am happy to go back to Marrakech, this is at least one of the events where we can be sure of finding good weather! I think it will be difficult to repeat the great result we had last year, as everybody will be on the same weight this year, but my objective is to go for the points. I understand that there have been some modifications on a couple of corners of the track and I have been told that the straight is a little bit bumpier than last year, but we will have to wait for the testing session on Friday to see the real impact these changes may have".
Ron Hartvelt: "Because of the cancellation of the Mexico round, the cars and the equipment arrived back home one week earlier than initially planned, so we had some extra time to re- prepare the cars. Today, as we speak, we are doing the usual shake-down at MIRA testing facility and then the trucks will take the road for the long journey to Morocco. Since Curitiba we have of course continued working on the Cruze and we had a test session at Pembrey, although weather conditions were not helpful. We'll have only small updates for Marrakech, but we have been working a lot on the brakes, which are key in Marrakech, and we'll bring different options, in order to be able to cope with the extremely demanding braking conditions there. As from Marrakech onwards, the schedule will become very tight, with one race after the other until the August break, so we have to be effective in planning our work at the factory".
Eric Nève: "Eight Chevrolets entered at the Marrakech event is certainly an unusual number for us! It is very rewarding to see that privateer teams and drivers are relying on our products to compete, and I am sure that having three Moroccan drivers on Chevrolets at Marrakech is very positive for our brand. I hope we will have an exciting week-end, although I know it will be difficult to do as well as last year, but the team has been working hard since Curitiba and is fully focused on the overall objective for this year".