Chevrolet today achieved its second consecutive title of the Manufacturers’ Championship in the WTCC. In a warm and exciting weekend of racing at Valencia, the Cruzes and the RML team finished the job with another superb team result, as Yvan Muller and Alain Menu made a 1-2 in Race 1 and Yvan Muller, Rob Huff and Alain Menu took a 1-2-3 in Race 2.
With regard to the Drivers’ title, it is now mathematically certain that it cannot elude one of the three Chevrolet drivers, but the battle is more open than ever: with his double success in Spain, Yvan has now taken the lead from Rob and is 16 points ahead of the Brit and 80 ahead of Alain Menu.
In Race 1, after battling with Tarquini in the very initial stages, Yvan Muller won ahead of Alain Menu, who emerged well from the fight for the runner-up position. Rob Huff took fifth after being trapped in the turmoil of the first few corners, saving some precious points. The Brit was third but lost a number of positions when he was sent off track after Monteiro hit Menu, sending the Swiss into the back of Rob’s car.
Race 2 seemed promising for the BMWs, as three of them led most of the race, with the Cruzes right behind, but an incident between Coronel and Villa opened the way for Muller and a spin from Michelisz in the very last corner which allowed Huff and Menu to secure the rest of the podium.
The team will stay over in Valencia for a testing session on Monday and Tuesday, while the WTCC cars and equipment start the long journey by sea to Asia, where the last three rounds will be dominated by the fight for the Drivers’ championship.
Yvan Muller (1st /1st): “First of all, a very big and heartfelt “well done” to all the guys for a well deserved second Manufacturers’ title! For the rest, it is obviously a very good weekend for me, as I arrived here six points behind Rob and I am leaving with a 16 point advantage. Still, nothing is done and I will have to stay completely focused. In Race 1, I managed to pass Tarquini, who took an excellent start, and built a sufficient advantage. In Race 2, we could keep the pace of the BMWs but were not in a position to attack them. Luckily, they eliminated themselves and it was good to be in the right position at the right moment. This said, both races were very hard on the tyres, and I finished both of them on the metal rather than on the rubber, especially at the rear left, which caused some lock ups in the closing laps.”