SECOND DOUBLE WIN IN A ROW FOR THE CRUZE! Huff And Menu Win The Two Pau Races, Confirming Cruze's Superiority In Street Circuits PAU, 17th May 2009 - It was another glorious day for the Cruze, as the Chevrolet team obtained the second double...
SECOND DOUBLE WIN IN A ROW FOR THE CRUZE!
Huff And Menu Win The Two Pau Races, Confirming Cruze's Superiority In Street Circuits
PAU, 17th May 2009 - It was another glorious day for the Cruze, as the Chevrolet team obtained the second double win in a row, in the extremely demanding street circuit of Pau. Just two weeks after triumphing in Marrakech, the Cruze won both races of the Race of France, confirming its current excellent form. Rob Huff won Race 1 and Alain Menu did the same in Race 2, with Rob taking third position. With this great result, the Cruze positions itself as "Queen of the city", having won all races held so far in street circuits during this WTCC season.
Following the stewards' decision late last night to disallow all of the times per lap of nine drivers, for exceeding maximum engine revs during the lap the time was set on, Huff, Larini and Menu were respectively 4th, 7th and 8th on the grid. Rob Huff took with authority race 1, while Alain Menu finished eighth, securing pole position for Race 2. The second race was marked by an incredible incident, as the safety car was hit by the car of the early leader. When the race resumed, Alain took control to the end. Nicola Larini was this time the unlucky one among Chevrolet drivers, as he was twice an innocent victim of race incidents.
Rob Huff (1st/3rd): " What an incredible week-end!. I am really, really very happy, especially for the team, which has done such a good job. In race 1, I took a very good start and was right behind Farfus who was leading. In lap 2, when we arrived at turn 2 and he lost his line because of some oil on the track, which wasn't there the lap before, and went a little wide. I took the opportunity to pass him and then it was a matter of holding on, which I managed to do, but those were certainly the longest 17 laps in my career. In Race 2, I had to do a similar job, this time with Priaulx behind me and I was happy to keep third. With these results, the championship is now looking much better for me".
Alain Menu (8th/1st): "After my unlucky weekend in Marrakech, I am really happy with this success today. In race 1, I fought a lot with Priaulx, then he managed to pass me, and so did Hernandez in the following corner. After that, I lost some pace and focused on preserving a good position for race 2. At the start of Race 2, Engstler was faster but it turned out to be good for us, because of this incredible accident with the safety-car. At the re-start, I could keep the lead and just had to worry about Farfus. He was fast but I attacked a lot to create a minimum gap between us and never gave him an opportunity to attack me. It went well and I am really happy of this second win in three years in such a great and demanding track, which I love".
Nicola Larini (Ret/9th): "It was not my day today, but I am very happy for the team and of the level of competitiveness that we have reached. In race 1, I was hit from behind at least five times, which pushed me into the car in front of me, and resulted in breaking the radiator. In race 2, despite starting from the back, I had a good race and was hoping to get some points but one lap from the end Cayrolles, who was in front of me, hit the wall and bounced back into me. It is the kind of thing that can happen in street circuits". ./.. Mark Busfield: "This weekend is a magnificent result and true testimony to the team's hard work, after Marrakech we knew it would be tough job to keep the momentum, but the whole team has worked tirelessly over the last two weeks to ensure we did everything to stay at the front. We have now a lot of data from races for the new car, and gaining valuable set up information. The Cruze seems to be as good on street tracks as it predecessor. The Championship is now warming up a bit, with BMW also having a good points weekend we have both closed the gap on the current leaders."
Eric Nève: "It is just terrific to give the Cruze this kind of debut in Europe, and right at the time when it starts to be sold in European markets! Today's success is, of course, the result of a great team effort, and I hope we can have other satisfactions in the future. I am very pleased also for Stewart Bill, who is a student of one of Pau's technical schools and has spent the week-end working in our mechanics' team, as part of a corporate educational program which also included providing three Chevrolets to local technical schools. Maybe, seeing today's result, we should have Stewart with us at all the other races too!"