THE THREE CRUZES QUALIFY JUST OUT THE TOP TEN IN PUEBLA Larini (11th) Misses Q2 By Very Thin Margin, Huff 13th And Menu 14th PUEBLA, 21st March 2009 It was a frustrating day for the Chevrolet team in today's qualifying in Puebla for the...
THE THREE CRUZES QUALIFY JUST OUT THE TOP TEN IN PUEBLA
Larini (11th) Misses Q2 By Very Thin Margin, Huff 13th And Menu 14th
PUEBLA, 21st March 2009 It was a frustrating day for the Chevrolet team in today's qualifying in Puebla for the second round of the 2009 FIA World Touring Car Championship, as the three Cruze's narrowly missed out qualifying in the top ten. Nicola, Rob and Alain fought hard against the competition, but could do little against both the turbo and rear-wheel drive cars, on a track that suits both.
The team had worked hard to fine-tune the set-up of the car, to the satisfaction of the drivers, during the morning free practice sessions but outright pace proved to be insufficient.
Nicola Larini (11th): "It's really a pity to have missed the top ten in the last lap for 18 hundredths of a second, but we lacked straight line speed in comparison with our rivals. Otherwise, I was happy with the car balance and feeling".
Rob Huff (13th): "It was really an unfortunate day. In the free practice sessions my car suffered an oil leak, but later in qualifying, everything felt well and I was confident to make the top ten. Unfortunately, I could not get the time out of my car, and in my last quick run I slid a bit off the line, losing some precious tenths".
Alain Menu (14th): "We made a number of changes to the set-up during the two free practice sessions and were able to improve the balance of the car, but I still don't feel entirely comfortable with it. In qualifying, we simply weren't quick enough".
Mark Busfield: "We are still learning about the new Cruze and its set up for the unique Puebla track and have been developing it lap after lap in all today's sessions. Today proves that there is a learning curve we still have to climb, while our main competitors can build on last year's data and focus on improvements from there. Tomorrow is another day and we will try to avoid trouble in Race 1 and be in a good position for Race 2, in order to collect some useful points".