Huff 3rd in Race 2 but podium is lost in post-race technical scrutineering – Bad luck for Larini
The Chevrolet boys obtained (with Alain Menu third in race 1) the seventh podium position of the season, quite an achievement in a track were rear-wheel drive cars were clearly advantaged. A second podium finish was obtained by Rob Huff (3rd in race 2) but the car was disqualified by the stewards after the race, for “non-conformity of the front anti-roll bar link”. The team had used a plastic bush instead of a metallic bush that gives no performance advantage. A real pity, after Rob’s great performance, which would have put him fourth in the drivers’ overall standings.
Alain Menu’s podium came after a clever drive of the Swiss, who made a great job preserving his tires in a track which is extremely demanding in this respect. The second race was one of the most exciting and hardly-fought in WTCC’s history, with a group of eight drivers battling hard for second position. A superb show, where nobody could keep a count of the number of contacts, pushes and hits received and given, from which Rob emerged brilliantly.
Nicola Larini had a tough week-end, having to cope first with difficulties finding the good set-up, then with a sanction to the back of the grid for not wearing non homologated race wear and finally with the incredibly hectic race conditions.• QUOTESAlain Menu (3rd/6th): “I am happy with the podium finish in Race 1, I actually think it was one of my best drives this year. Despite my position in first row, there was little I could do at the start of race 1 against the rear-wheel drive. In the first laps, I was very cautious not to kill my tyres and this paid off. I have been able to keep the pace of the two BMWs in the front and use their stream, and keep my position. Race 2 was just crazy, the only thing I can say is that I could have opted to victory if I hadn’t been pushed out in the fight”.
Rob Huff (9th/disq.): “My first race was unfortunately ruined in a contact, my steering got bent and I had to concede several positions. The afternoon race was quite lively, as everybody could see. It’s impossible to tell what happened, there was so much going on at every corner and cars all over the place! I had a good start, then it was hard fighting during the entire race, at some point I was hit and lost my rear bumper and four places but was able to catch back, keep the car out of trouble and finish third. Unfortunately, those good points were lost after the car was disqualified for a minor issue”.Nicola Larini (11th/11th): “It wasn’t a good week-end at all, from the beginning until the end! In the first race I could finish 11th despite being at the very back of the grid, thanks to my experience. Race 2 was like a rodeo, I cannot understand how some drivers behave... It’s a pity because I was keeping the pace of Rob, before being hit a number of times”.
BRNO RACE 1 RESULTS1. A Zanardi BMW 320si 10 laps in 21m55s7692. F Porteiro BMW 320si + 0s8253. A Menu Chevrolet Lacetti + 1s7074. A Farfus BMW 320si + 9s4765. J Müller BMW 320si +12s1849. R Huff Chevrolet Lacetti + 17s84211. N Larini Chevrolet Lacetti + 25s390
BRNO RACE 2 RESULTS1. G Tarquini SEAT Leon TDI 10 laps in 22m04s1092. A Zanardi BMW 320si +0s3603. A Farfus BMW 320si +5s7184.. F Porteiro BMW 320si +8s1925. Y Muller SEAT 320si +11s9316. A Menu Chevrolet Lacetti +12s14311. N Larini Chevrolet Lacetti +17s818DISQ. R Huff Chevrolet Lacetti (3rd)
DRIVERS POINTS STANDINGS AFTER RACE 10 OF 241. G Tarquini (SEAT), 58 points; 2. Y Muller (SEAT), 43; 3. R Rydell (SEAT), 37; 4. A Priaulx (BMW), 34 5. Gené (SEAT), 30...6. R Huff (Chevrolet), 27; ...9. A Menu (Chevrolet), 23;… 11. N Larini (Chevrolet), 19;…
MANUFACTURERS POINTS STANDINGS AFTER RACE 10 OF 241. SEAT, 137 points; 2. BMW, 117; 3. Chevrolet, 95; 4. Honda, 19.