Zolder: Chevrolet Friday report

The Four Cruzes In The Top Ten In First Testing Session In Zolder Muller (2nd) fastest among Chevy boys on greasy Belgian track ZOLDER, 18th June 2010 It was a fruitful and interesting testing session, as the World Touring Car Championship...

The Four Cruzes In The Top Ten In First Testing Session In Zolder

Muller (2nd) fastest among Chevy boys on greasy Belgian track

ZOLDER, 18th June 2010 It was a fruitful and interesting testing session, as the World Touring Car Championship made today its first appearance in Zolder, one of the landmark tracks for touring cars in Europe. The Chevrolet team had a promising first working session on the Flemish circuit: Yvan Muller was second fastest, with Rob Huff sixth, Alain Menu seventh and Belgium's Vincent Radermecker, who drives here the fourth Cruze, tenth.

The four Chevrolet Cruzes took the track with different set-ups, in a cool but dry afternoon. This will allow to compare the wide array of data gathered tonight and have a better basis on which to work tomorrow in free practice to optimize set-ups for the decisive qualifying session in the afternoon.

QUOTES

Yvan Muller (2nd): "The track was very dirty and slippery, so it was difficult to really try to go fast. On top, the rubber left by the Formula 2 cars does not help, as their tires are quite different from ours. This said, I enjoyed the track, which is interesting and offers good rhythm."

Rob Huff (6th): "I had a problem with an exhaust pipe, but the boys were quick in fixing it, and could only do four laps. Despite that and despite the fact the track was very green, I could reach P6 and I am very happy with the set-up of the car that we had developed at the factory. I think it's a very promising start of the week-end".

Alain Menu (7th): "The track has not much grip and the car is sliding, sometimes with the front, sometimes with rear, so it is really too early to say anything. There are certainly a couple of changes to the set-up that I have in mind. I have also noticed that many drivers are really cutting some corners, by fully jumping on the kerbs, we will have to see how the stewards will approach this, as it really makes a difference in lap times".

Vincent Radermacker (10th): "As expected, I was quite fast at the beginning, that is the advantage of not having to learn the track! As everybody, I thought the track had not a lot of grip, especially in the first two fast corners. I will now work with the engineers on the data collected, but I already know where I can improve: coming from rear-wheel drive cars I have a tendency to enter too fast in the corners, losing then time at the exit".

-source: chevrolet

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Series WTCC
Drivers Yvan Muller , Rob Huff , Vincent Radermecker , Alain Menu