THE THREE CRUZES IN THE TOP TEN AT THE CHALLENGING VALENCIA TRACK Menu 6th, Huff 8th And Larini 10th In Today's Qualifying VALENCIA, 30th May 2009 For their first qualifying session at a European traditional circuit, the three Cruzes managed...
THE THREE CRUZES IN THE TOP TEN AT THE CHALLENGING VALENCIA TRACK
Menu 6th, Huff 8th And Larini 10th In Today's Qualifying
VALENCIA, 30th May 2009 For their first qualifying session at a European traditional circuit, the three Cruzes managed to secure a place for themselves in the top ten, a result that pleased the Chevrolet team, as the twisty and fast track of Valencia is not the best-suited to the characteristics of the Cruze.
The two free practice sessions allowed the Chevrolet drivers to work fruitfully on the balance of the car, while Q1 ended with Menu 5th, Larini 7th and Huff 10th. In the ten-minute decisive Q2 session, things changed little, with Menu finishing 6th in the day's ranking, Huff 8th and Larini 10th, in a sunny and warm afternoon. This puts the three Cruzes in an interesting position to score points tomorrow, especially in race 2.
Alain Menu (6th): "I am pretty happy with my result today, the car felt well and I had almost a completely clean lap in my fastest run, so I don't think we could have done any better today. Tomorrow, I expect two tough races, as we have some very fast cars behind us".
Rob Huff (8th): "It is a good result for the team, and I am satisfied with my time. I made a little mistake on my fastest lap, but I don't think I lost more than one tenth, so it is fair to say that things wouldn't have been much different".
Nicola Larini (10th): "Based on what I could do in the previous sessions, I was aiming at 5th or 6th position, but unfortunately the set of new tires I put on in Q2 did not perform as well, I don't understand why".
Mark Busfield: "We are pleased to see the three Cruzes in the top ten at this circuit, and we really took the best we could out of this qualifying session. Knowing that the characteristics of this track suit our competitors well, and that we have the heaviest cars here following our successes in Marrakech and Pau, we couldn't possibly have done any better. Tomorrow, it will be closely-fought races, we will aim at staying in the points in race 1 and be in a good position for race 2".