LAST THIRD OF CRUZE'S FIRST WTCC SEASON KICKS OFF AT OSCHERSLEBEN Recent Tests In Zolder And Magny-Cours Confirmed Cruze's Progress WELLINGBOROUGH / ZURICH, 28th August 2009 The Summer holidays are now over for the World Touring Car ...
LAST THIRD OF CRUZE'S FIRST WTCC SEASON KICKS OFF AT OSCHERSLEBEN
Recent Tests In Zolder And Magny-Cours Confirmed Cruze's Progress
WELLINGBOROUGH / ZURICH, 28th August 2009 The Summer holidays are now over for the World Touring Car Championship, as race activity resumes next week-end with the German round of the series, in Oschersleben, the technical and modern track near Magdeburg. While the last 6 weeks have seen no WTCC races, activity has been intense for the Chevrolet team both on track and at the RML factory.
The work has focused on further fine-tuning the balance and the set-up of the Cruze, and two fruitful testing sessions at Zolder and Magny-Cours have proved that the car keeps progressing. This reinforces the motivation of the entire team ahead of the last two European events and the Asian tour to end the Cruze's promising first season on a high.
Rob Huff: "Last year, I went away from Oschersleben with the pole position and two podium finishes, so I would be happy repeating that! It's a circuit I like and where Chevrolet gets a lot of support from local fans, which is always an additional stimulus. I was very happy with the outcome of the test in Magny-Cours last week and I hope we can put that to a good use in Germany. We are now starting the last third of the season, with only four rounds to go, and it is important we keep the momentum and reach our objective, which is to finish in the top three."
Alain Menu: "I am sincerely happy to be racing again: Six weeks is a long break! During the holiday period, I had the opportunity to race again in Argentina with the Chevrolet Elaion team, in the prestigious 200 km of Buenos Aires, but my team-mate Guillermo Ortelli and me were unlucky this time, as a plastic bag that blew onto the track fouled up the timing gears and caused the engine to go into safe mode. So, I am eager to be back behind the wheel of the Cruze. I like Oschersleben, it is a very technical track, where any mistake costs a lot of time. It is probably not the most favorable track for the Cruze but I am confident we can aim at some good points."
Nicola Larini: "In the last two rounds, my races were basically ruined by race incidents caused by other drivers, so my first objective in Oschersleben will be to avoid any bad luck and survive the first corner, which is always a tricky moment in Oschersleben. Otherwise, the car continues progressing well, and although we will be at our German competitor's home circuit, I think we can do well."
./.. Mark Busfield: "The summer break has certainly been well used. The boys could take some time off and recharge their batteries, which is always essential, the cars have been thoroughly re-built and further fine-tuned and, most importantly, we have continued testing and developing the Cruze. We are happy with the work done, which should allow us to progress in this last part of the season. Oschersleben is completely new to the Cruze, so it is difficult to say how well we can perform there, but we have raced and tested in circuits with quite a similar configuration and I feel we can be competitive."