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CRUZE SEEKS IN PORTO TO CONFIRM ITS EXCELLENT RECORD ON STREET CIRCUITS AS WTCC CELEBRATES MILESTONE OF 100TH RACE One of the Cruzes To Sport 2009 `Young? Creative? Chevrolet!' 2009 Winning Livery WELLINGBOUROUGH / ZURICH, 26th June 2009 The...

CRUZE SEEKS IN PORTO TO CONFIRM ITS EXCELLENT RECORD ON STREET CIRCUITS AS WTCC CELEBRATES MILESTONE OF 100TH RACE

One of the Cruzes To Sport 2009 `Young? Creative? Chevrolet!' 2009 Winning Livery

WELLINGBOUROUGH / ZURICH, 26th June 2009 The Circuito da Boavista in Porto, which hosts the WTCC's Race of Portugal every other year, will be an even more special rendez-vous in 2009, as the race 2 of the event holds the honor of being the 100th race of the WTCC. This first important milestone in the history of the world's main touring car championship will be duly celebrated by the WTCC community and, obviously, also by Chevrolet, who can pride itself to have been present in the championship since its creation with the same team and the same drivers!

Chevrolet, which obtained in Porto its first triple victory in 2007, is determined to mark the occasion by further enriching the Cruze's excellent record on urban tracks. This will also be the event selected to sport the special livery having won this year's `Young? Creative? Chevrolet!' pan-European contest. Like in 2008, the brief in the visual arts discipline of Chevrolet's competition for art school students was the design of a unique livery for the Cruze, to be sported one-off by one of Chevrolet's WTCC cars. This time, the winning project comes from Belgium and has been conceived by Britt Raes, from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent. Her work will grace the Cruze of Alain Menu.

QUOTES

Rob Huff: "Porto is a place close to everybody's heart at Chevrolet, because of our first triple victory in 2007, and we are all excited to be back there. Given what shown by the Cruze on street circuits this year, I think we should perform very well and, provided we qualify well, we can aim at very good results"..

Nicola Larini: "We go to Porto with confidence, knowing that we can be competitive there and that we can achieve some good results. Still, we do not control all variables and we will have to be extremely focused since the first minute of testing. I personally like the circuit, as it is fast and technical, and it is one of the few street circuits offering some good overtaking points".

Alain Menu: "I am very happy to have again the car with the `Young? Creative? Chevrolet!', I really like this project and I hope this special livery will bring me luck! I think we have a very good chance to do well in Porto, although it will be a new circuit for the Cruze. I just hope it will suit the Cruze as much as it suited the Lacetti in 2007. The Porto track is like a compendium of everything: fast and blind corners, long straights and chicanes. I definitely like it!".

./.. Mark Busfield: "There was not much time to make changes or testing between Brno and Porto, but we will have some small up-dates, and the cars have been completely repaired and rebuilt after the accident at first corner in Brno. We will be doing our usual shake-down this Friday at MIRA testing facility. The Cruze should be very competitive in Porto and we will try to make the best use of the extra testing session on Friday, organized to allow familiarization with the re- designed chicane on the main straight, and the qualifying sessions, which are extended to 30+15 minutes as always when on street circuits. It would be, of course, great to repeat the 2007success!"

Eric N

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Series WTCC
Drivers Rob Huff , Nicola Larini , Alain Menu