NICOLA LARINI SECOND IN MONSOON CONDITIONS Double Points Finish For Huff; No Luck For Menu PAU - The first of this year's WTCC street races brought another large helping of points to the Chevrolet team. Nicola Larini finished in second in the...
NICOLA LARINI SECOND IN MONSOON CONDITIONS
Double Points Finish For Huff; No Luck For Menu
PAU - The first of this year's WTCC street races brought another large helping of points to the Chevrolet team. Nicola Larini finished in second in the second race, while Rob Huff scored a fourth and a fifth place finish. Alain Menu finished a distant 10th in race 1 after he had been shunted off on the first lap, while he crashed out in race 2.
The first race was run in dry conditions, but was red-flagged halfway through the first lap when another competitor ran into Menu, sending both cars in a spin which blocked the track for the rest of the pack. The race was then restarted behind the safety car.
Minutes before the start of the second race, a thunderstorm and heavy rain flooded parts of the track and the paddock, forcing the organizers to again start the race behind the safety car.
Nicola Larini (7th/2nd): "In the first race I had a good start, immediately making up one place. At the re-start the field was obviously spread out more and it was more difficult to build up an attack to overtake, so I just kept my position knowing it would be enough to start from the front row for race 2. With the weather being as bad as it was and the second race also being started behind the safety car, all I could do was to try and keep the pressure on Andy hoping he would maybe make a mistake, but he didn't. On this track it's already difficult to overtake in the dry, let alone in pouring rain. Nevertheless, a second place after my lesser result in Valencia is good for morale."
Rob Huff (5th/4th): "Like Nicola I made up a place at the first start. After the restart all I had to do was to keep pushing Gabriele (Tarquini). I noticed in the last few laps that he was locking up and braking early for Turn 2, so on the last lap I just went for it and passed him for fourth. The second race was just a matter of keeping the car on the black stuff and not making mistakes. It wasn't easy, as Gabriele's tail lights didn't work it was very difficult to judge the distance between the two cars and to see the braking points for the corners."
Alain Menu (10th/DNF): "I got hit by Zanardi on the first lap in the first race, which sent me into a spin and over the kerbs with the wheels in full opposite lock. This probably upset the geometry a bit as after the restart the car understeered everywhere. Under the conditions there was no way of doing better than tenth. In race 2 everything looked okay to maybe score a point but then the car went straight into the wall at the chicane. I had just lapped the Turkish driver, and I wasn't carrying too much speed into the corner, so I don't really know what happened. Unlike last year, Pau won't be weekend to remember for me."
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.