FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON
Huff To Continue Title Chase In Monza With Help From Team Mates
The Chevrolet WTTC team will go to the last European round of the 2008 World Touring Car Championship with the clear mission to further Rob Huff’s position in the current points standings.
The British driver moved up one place in the championship at the last race in Imola and is now fourth with still six races to be run.
As in Imola, Huff will be able to count on the support of his team mates in qualifying, while all three will try to increase Chevrolet’s points tally in the manufacturers’ standings. Their motivation will be as big as ever, certainly so now they have all three re-signed with Chevrolet for the 2009 WTCC season, thus marking a unique stability as next year will be the fifth consecutive season Larini, Huff and Menu defend the colours of Chevrolet.
In Monza – and the two Far-Eastern races after that – the three amigos will be joined by Japanese driver, Manabu Orido, who will use the Italian race to get to the grips with the Chevrolet Lacetti and the WTCC before putting his past racing experience at Okayama and Macau to good use for his team mates.
• QUOTESRob Huff: “I will go to Monza with the same objective as I did two weeks ago: to score as manypoints as possible in both races to keep my championship chances afloat. The top three driversin the standings and I are now on the maximum success ballast, give and take two kilos, sofrom now until the end of the season we will be on equal footing when it comes to that. Imolawent better than I expected so there is no reason why we shouldn’t be right up there again inMonza. The Chevrolet Lacetti likes fast tracks, and Monza is definitely one of those. The extramorale booster comes of course from signing with Chevrolet again for 2009. Now all we haveto think about is the last three events of this year.”
Alain Menu: “I’m the only one of the three Chevrolet drivers who has dropped weight since lastrace, so hopefully I can use that to my advantage in qualifying. Both Nic and I will of coursehelp Rob wherever we can, since he is the only one with a real chance at the championship. Ipersonally have always liked Monza and the track suits the Lacetti so we should look goodthere. I feel that as a team we have grown a lot over the last season, and it is good to knowthat all of us will be around again next year.”
Nicola Larini: “The first objective for the entire team in Monza will be to help Rob move uppositions in the overall standings. Therefore, it is difficult to talk about my own expectations forthis race. I will help the team with the same enthusiasm and determination as in Imola, even ifthat implies some small personal sacrifice, especially in qualifying. I am delighted to stayanother year with Chevrolet, RML and Rob and Alain. We are a good team and I am sure thatwe will continue to do excellent work together.”
Manabu Orido: “For me the Monza race will be a unique chance to watch and learn from myChevrolet team mates. In return I hope I can give them a few pointers in Okayama. The WorldTouring Car Championship is gaining in popularity in Japan, as can be witnessed by thenumber of Japanese drivers entering in the final two races this year. My target will simply be tofinish the Monza races and be as competitive as I can, without taking any unnecessary risks.”
Eric Nève: “It is good to be able to announce our drivers for 2009 at this early stage. It showsthe confidence we have in their abilities and they have in our engineering strength. In 2009 wewill run a new car and it is good to have stability on the drivers’ side. Their combined 12 yearsof experience with the Chevrolet Lacetti will allow us to hit the ground running when we start toprepare for the new season. And while it may sound cliché, there really is no point in changinga winning team. Consistency and a methodical approach have allowed us to be where we aretoday, and will allow us to go even further in the future.”
MONZA RACE SCHEDULE
Saturday, 4 th October 200809.00-09.30 Free Practice 111.15-11.45 Free Practice 215.00-15.30 QualifyingSunday, 5 th October 200809.00-09.15 Warm up12.20-12.45 Race 1 (9 laps = 52.137kms) (Rolling start)15.50-16.15 Race 2 (9 laps = 52.137kms) (Standing start)
DRIVERS POINTS STANDINGS AFTER RACE 18 OF 241. Y Muller (SEAT), 80 points; 2. G Tarquini (SEAT), 68; 3. R Rydell (SEAT), 62; 4. R Huff(Chevrolet), 61; 5. A Priaulx (BMW), 55;…10. A Menu (Chevrolet), 40; 11. N Larini (Chevrolet),38;…
MANUFACTURERS POINTS STANDINGS AFTER RACE 18 OF 241. SEAT, 241 points; 2. BMW, 207; 3. Chevrolet, 177; 4. Honda, 42
SUCCESS BALLAST FOR MONZA1. Y Muller (SEAT), 70kgs; 2. R Rydell (SEAT), 70; 3. R Huff (Chevrolet), 70; 4. G Tarquini(SEAT), 68; 5. J Müller (BMW), 62; 6. A Priaulx (BMW), 55; 7. F Porteiro (BMW), 50; 8. JThompson (Honda), 49; 9. A Farfus (BMW), 46; 10. J Gené (SEAT), 43; 11. N Larini (Chevrolet),43; 12. A Menu (Chevrolet), 40; 13. G Tanev (BMW), 30; 14. K Poulsen (BMW), 30; 15. KLadygin (Lada), 30; 16. M Orido (Chevrolet), 30; 17. Y Taniguchi (Honda), 30; 18. D F Da Costa(SEAT), 30; 19. A Zanardi (BMW), 29; 20. T Monteiro (SEAT), 29; 21. T Coronel (SEAT), 24; 22. SHernandez (BMW), 3; 23. S D’Aste (BMW), 2.
MONZA WTCC ON TVIn Europe, qualifying will be broadcasted live on Eurosport 2; the warm-up and the races will bebroadcasted live on Eurosport International.