Oschersleben: Chevrolet preview

ROB HUFF AND NICOLA LARINI READY TO WIN IN GERMANY Chevrolet Team Optimistic To Break Oschersleben Duck WELLINGBOROUGH, The Chevrolet WTCC team is heading towards the east next weekend, for the 15th and 16th rounds of the 2008 World...


Chevrolet Team Optimistic To Break Oschersleben Duck

WELLINGBOROUGH, The Chevrolet WTCC team is heading towards the east next weekend, for the 15th and 16th rounds of the 2008 World Touring Car Championship in Oschersleben, Germany. All three Lacetti drivers will be more than motivated to succeed at the track which due to its twisty nature and many race incidents traditionally is one of the most difficult hurdles of the WTCC season. Rob Huff who came so close to winning at Brands hatch and Nicola Larini will both be making the most of running a relatively light car while most other front runners are closing in on the maximum success ballast limit.

Alain Menu will be playing the tactical game in order to keep his chances in the championship alive. With still ten races to go everything is still possible for all three Chevrolet drivers, but points must now be scored at every occasion to reduce the gap to the championship leaders. Two days of intensive testing at Magny Cours in France allowed the team to further fine-tune settings and set-up in order to put on the best possible show in Oschersleben, where Chevrolet Germany has invited 1,000 guests. The grandstands will be blue again; a colour that will hopefully rub off on the podium.


Rob Huff: "The Chevrolets always seem to go well at Oschersleben, and with the very positive winter test we had there I have every reason to be optimistic. After to our misfortune at Brands Hatch, both Nic and I will be among the lightest cars out there so the first goal of the weekend will be to park my car on the front row of the grid. Then I'd like to convert that to a win and score some good points in the second race as well. Oschersleben is a tight, twisty and technical track and our cars always seem to like this kind of circuit. Personally I think it's a great driver's track. So a win is what I'll be after next weekend."

Alain Menu: "I'll be nearing the 60-kilo mark on the success ballast scale, so for me the race will be tactical more than anything else. Running heavy at a technical track like Oschersleben isn't easy, but I'll be glad if I can come away with a few points in both races. That said, there's always a lot going on in the tight corners, so with some others' misfortunes we still could spring a surprise."

Nicola Larini: "I will go to Oschersleben with the same determination to do well, but to make any predictions is very difficult for me this year, so we will have to wait to be there to see how things look. Oschersleben has a couple of very slow and tricky corners where contact is almost unavoidable. A bit like Puebla where I did well, so I will be highly motivated to at least repeat my Mexican result, especially after having had a great summer vacation! It will also be a pleasure to be racing again in front of what is probably the biggest Chevrolet partisan crowd in the WTCC. You'll rarely see more blue in the grandstands than in Oschersleben."


In Europe, the warm-up and race 2 are broadcasted live on Eurosport International. Race 1 is broadcasted live on Eurosport 2.


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 www.chevrolet-insight.com. 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 driver, Michael Outzen scored a win and a second place at the Jyllands-Ringen, while Henrik Lundgaard scored a best result of fourth in the three-race weekend. Outzen and Lundgaard are now second and third in the standings, respectively nine and 25 points behind leader Jan Magnussen. In the teams' standings Chevrolet is now leading. The next race takes place on the first weekend of September. More information can be found on www.chevroletmotorsportdanmark.dk.

In the US, after 23 of 36 races, Jimmie Johnson is the best placed Chevrolet Impala driver in third, behind Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. Fellow Chevrolet drivers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton are fourth and fifth. There are still three races to go before the top twelve drivers start the ten-race "Chase for the Cup". Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon are two more Chevrolet drivers currently eligible for the Chase. More information can be found on www.nascar.com.

In Argentina, Chevrolet driver, Christian Ledesma seconded by WTCC driver Alain Menu finished in third in the Buenos Aires 200, the championship's most important race. Ledesma is now fourth in the standings with still seven rounds to go. More information can be found on www.tc2000.com.ar.

In the UK, Chevrolet Lacetti, driver Harry Vaulkhard, who scored a 16th and a 14th place in the three races at Knockhill, dropping him to 20th in the championship standings. More information can be found on www.btcc.net.

In Sweden, Chevrolet Lacetti driver, Tomas Schie has dropped two places to eighth in the standings after not finishing at the Karlskoga race. More information can be found on www.stcc.se.

-credit: chevroleteurope.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Jan Magnussen , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Henrik Lundgaard , Carl Edwards , Rob Huff , Nicola Larini , Harry Vaulkhard , Michael Outzen , Christian Ledesma , Alain Menu , Kyle Busch