Chevrolet Drivers Yvan Muller, Rob Huff and Alain Menu claimed their third Chevrolet 1,2,3 of the season at a warm and sunny Hungaroring.
Race 1 started with an all Chevy front row with Yvan Muller on Pole, Rob Huff second and Alain Menu third, making up for last weeks disappointing qualifying in Slovakia. There was little to trouble the Chevy’s although in the first corner Seat Driver Gabriele Tarquini tried an ambitious overtake on Huff, which didn’t pay of and the italian ended up off the track, while the British star kept it together. From there it was formation flying for the three Chevrolet’s, and the boys rounded it off by securing another wonderful 1,2,3 lock out of the podium.
Winner Muller Said after Race 1 “It was a good weekend all in all. Race 1 was quite straightforward. Once we got past the first corner, half the job was done. After that, I just focused on driving in the cleanest way possible and made sure not to make any mistakes. I knew that given the pace I had throughout the weekend, it would have been difficult for my teammates to pass me. Everything went well and it was a clean win”.
Rob Huff Said After race 1 said ““I’m pleased with the results as I reduced the points gap in the championship despite dropping a position. Race 1 was another great team success for Chevrolet and RML. At the first corner there was contact with Tarquini. He was trying an impossible overtake from the outside line and he hit me. Luckily, I stayed on the track but the handling of my car was somewhat compromised. In the circumstances, I’m happy with second
Alain Menu after race 1 ““I’m pleased with the results as I reduced the points gap in the championship despite dropping a position. Race 1 was another great team success for Chevrolet and RML. At the first corner there was contact with Tarquini. He was trying an impossible overtake from the outside line and he hit me. Luckily, I stayed on the track but the handling of my car was somewhat compromised. In the circumstances, I’m happy with second”
Race 2 is always a challenge with the reverse grid, with the Chevrolet’s starting 8th,9th and 10th respectively. Alain Menu managed to make steady progress up the field, first he dispatched Tiago Monteiro’s SR Seat Leon with a wonderful last ditch dive up the inside on lap four. Then after catching up with Mehdi Bennani in his BMW and Pepe Oriola in his Seat Leon his progress was halted some what. But on lap nine Bannani locked up while trying to overtake Oriola, which allowed Menu in his Chevy to sail through into second place. Although by this time there was nothing he could do to catch local hero Norbert Michelisz in his BMW who was way out in front. And to be honest to hear the crowd go wild for the Hungarian taking the win at his home race was really touching and says alot about WTCC.
Huff and Muller struggled to make the same progress as Menu, having a good battle with the formidable Italian Gabriele Tarquini in his Seat Leon. It was always going to be tough for the Chevy guys to make their way past the italian, and although they tried they couldn’t find a way past. Unfortunately for Muller on the last lap the Frenchman dropped back to tenth after running wide trying to fend of Stefano D’Aste in his BMW, Huff managed to secure 7th after a hard fought Race with Tarquini, in the end he did’nt have the tyres to make the pass. But more importantly he still gained valuable points over his french team mate in the championship.
Third Place Menu said ““Race 2 was much more exciting, I think I had a great race, attacking without taking excessive risks. It wasn’t easy with Monteiro first and then Bennani and Oriola. Finishing second from P8 on the grid is not bad at all. Michelisz was too far away in the closing lap, and to be honest it’s nice to see him having his day of glory at his home race.”
Huff after race 2 “Obviously, I’m not massively pleased with 7th in the second race, but we couldn’t do any better. I got stuck behind Tarquini and had Yvan behind me, so I had to be very cautious. Unfortunately, this is a circuit where overtaking is not easy, as turns are a succession of left and right handers and this makes it very difficult to pass if the car in front of you has a similar pace.
Championship leader Yvan said “Race 2 was more difficult as Rob and I got stuck behind the SEATs. In the closing laps, I had to defend my position from the BMWs of D’Aste and Engstler. I ran wide in the last lap and it cost me two positions”.
Ahead of the 6th round of the season at the Salzburgring in Austria on 20 May, Chevrolet has a 135 point lead in the Manufacturers’ standings, while Muller, Menu and Huff are within 30 points of each other on top of the Drivers’ standings.
- 1. Yvan MULLER 180 pt.
- 2. Alain MENU 157 pt.
- 3. Rob HUFF 150 pt.
- 4. Gabriele TARQUINI 97 pt.
- 5. Tom CORONEL 97 pt.
- 6. Norbert MICHELISZ 78 pt.
- 7. Pepe ORIOLA 69 pt.
- 8. Stefano D’ASTE 59 pt.
- 9. Franz ENGSTLER 36 pt.
- 10. Mehdi BENNANI 35 pt
- 1. Chevrolet 415 pt.
- 2. BMW Customer Racing Teams 278 pt.
- 3. SEAT Customer Technology 262 pt