NICOLA LARINI OPENS CHEVROLET ACCOUNT WITH PODIUM FINISH Alain Menu Scores Two Point Finishes PUEBLA, Chevrolet scored their first WTCC podium finish of the year courtesy of a strong third place finish by Nicola Larini the first of the two ...
NICOLA LARINI OPENS CHEVROLET ACCOUNT WITH PODIUM FINISH
Alain Menu Scores Two Point Finishes
PUEBLA, Chevrolet scored their first WTCC podium finish of the year courtesy of a strong third place finish by Nicola Larini the first of the two Mexican races. The Italian touring car ace, author of no less than seven podium finishes last year, gave it all he got to fence off the opposition on the twisty Puebla track. The other two Chevrolet Lacetti drivers, Alain Menu and Rob Huff, both also ran strong races although there was little reward for their efforts. Menu finished eighth in race one good for pole position on the reversed grid of race two and seventh in the second event. Rob Huff twice finished in ninth on a track where overtaking is next to impossible.
Nicola Larini (3rd/DNF): "I had a very good start in race 1, but after a few laps I ran wide in Turn 6 and lost second place to a SEAT. I'm of course very happy with my first podium finish of the year, especially on a track I don't particularly like and because I know that I did all I could. Race 2 went quite well in the beginning. I had a good start and a good race, holding on to my position but then I got hit from behind and broke the right rear suspension. We have a very good car this year, so I just can't wait to get to Valencia."
Alain Menu (8th/7th): "In the first race the car was very edgy, requiring all my attention all the time. At some point I ran wide in Turn 13 and clipped the kerbs, which unsettled the car for the next corner were I slid off. I managed to get the car back on the track in eighth position which of course gave me pole for the second race. In that race the car felt a little bit better, although it now had some understeer. I dropped to second at the standing start and although I did my utmost there was just no keeping the turbodiesels behind. On this track we didn't seem to have the necessary grunt, but I'm still happy that I scored points in both races."
Rob Huff (9th/9th): "At the start of the first race I got sideswiped so hard by another car, that it took a chunk of metal out of the wheel rim. After that it was just a case of trying to stick to what we had. In the second race I had a bad start and got passed by Farfus and Priaulx. I managed to get back by both of them again on the following laps and just tried to get in the points. On this track it's virtually impossible to overtake unless the guy in front of you makes a mistake. There's so little grip that it's sometimes worse than racing in the rain on slicks."
Eric Nève: "We got our championship on track, that's the least we can say. We knew before we came here that it would very difficult, if not impossible, to beat the turbodiesels, yet at the same time Nicola showed that this year's Chevrolet Lacetti is a very good car. With Alain marking points in both races and Rob twice just missing out by less than a second shows us that in the Lacetti we have the car to match our ambitions."