Get Ready For Challenges in Valencia
Huff and Menu complete further testing
a terrific start to the season in Monza – where Chevrolet collected a double
and triple podium finishes in the two races – the
Cruzes are heading to another of the most popular
venues in the WTCC
calendar, Valencia, Spain.
The Circuito Ricardo Tormo plays host in the
second round and provides a pleasant Mediterranean
touch. However, the circuit is one of the most
challenging for the Cruzes, which are still carrying
additional weight ballast as in the Monza races.
With its twisty and technical design, Valencia
is a punishing circuit for brakes and tires,
and one where rear-wheel drive and lighter cars
have a clear advantage.
The first two races of the season in Monza proved
to be very lively and the team carried out a
post-mortem to discuss and analyze events that
took place in Italy.
”Monza was, of course, quite a memorable
season-opener with great results for the team.
From a sporting point of view, some limits were
exceeded and we took appropriate measures to
make sure that this does not happen again. We
don’t want any of our drivers to be penalized
by the behavior of a team mate, and we have made
that very clear. We will be watching closely
what happens in Valencia and I am sure that the
sportive spirit we had throughout last year will
prevail,” said Eric Nève, Chevrolet
Meanwhile, the RML
team, which runs the Chevrolet stable,
is continuing development work on the Cruzes
in Vallelunga, near Rome, Italy, where the
three drivers are testing updates to the rear
of the car.
“We had a very good start of
the season, despite all the drama in the Monza
race; but all this is behind us and we are
focusing on the next races. Valencia will certainly
be tougher for us. Last year, three BMWs were
ahead of us towards the end of Race 2 and we
only won because they committed some sort of
collective suicide in the last couple of corners.
I am sure we can be competitive over one lap,
but in the races, it will be more complicated
and we’ll have to do everything possible
to save the tires for the closing laps.”
“Monza was crazy; no one had
raced for four months and I think in my case
the rustiness showed. I am sure things will
improve as from Valencia. This is a track which
traditionally has been good for us. This said,
the weight differential with our competitors
is higher this year and Valencia is definitely
the hardest circuit to carry extra weight.
It will be crucial to find a good balance and
to qualify well.
track is hard on both front and rear tires,
which suffer considerably in some turns,
such as the last corner where you have a long
breaking zone while turning at the same time.
The rear left tire is under a lot of constraints
being on and off touching the surface.”
“I expect Valencia to be especially
challenging this year, given the weight we carry.
I don’t think we can really aim at
winning, but it is true that in the past
we have obtained much better results than
initially hoped. I like the track, but
it is not one of my favorites. It is very
technical with a lot of braking where you
can easily make small mistakes.
it is very important to drive smoothly,
which is not always possible during the
races when you are fighting with others.
It is also very important to find a very
subtle set-up for the car to avoid destroying
the tires towards the end of the races.
My objective is to score as many points
Hartvelt, Project Manager:
did all our winter testing in Valencia,
so we can say that we are well-practiced
there. But it is notoriously a difficult
track for front wheel-drive cars and
we have to see how the extra weight
affects us. One good thing is that
the Valencia round is taking place
earlier in the year than usual, and
this should give us cooler temperatures,
which will be helpful towards preserving
is one of the few circuits where
you race counter-clockwise, has a succession
of relatively slow corners with different
radius and numerous changes of direction.
It is interesting but not easy. As
always, we will try to do our best.
We are certainly watching the weather
factor very closely this time. This
week we are testing at Vallelunga (Italy)
with the three drivers as we have updates
for the rear suspension that we want
to validate. Vallelunga is not a usual
choice, but has a stable Mediterranean
climate and a design that suits the
purpose of testing well. Additionally,
it is quite representative of some
of the WTCC tracks.”
Valencia Schedule (Local time = CET)
Saturday, 31 March 2012
12:00-12:30 Free Practice 2
14:00-14:20 Qualifying 1
14:25-14:35 Qualifying 2
Sunday, 1 April 2012
09:30-09:45 Warm up
14:35-15:00 Race 1 (14 laps = 56.070kms)
17:20-17:45 Race 2 (14 laps = 56.070kms)
WTCC on TV
In Europe, qualifying, warm up and the races
are be broadcasted live on Eurosport International.
Racing around the Globe
In the U.S., Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson
took a 1-2 victory at Las Vegas. Following
the Bristol round, the NASCAR Sprint Cup overall
standings see Kevin Harvick in second, Dale
Earnhardt Jr in sixth and Tony Stewart in seventh.
More information can be found on www.nascar.com.
Argentina, the TC 2000 kicked off at Córdoba,
with Christian Ledesma taking a podium finish
(3rd) at the wheel of the Chevrolet YPF’s
Cruze. Guillermo Ortelli was 9th. More information
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Motorsport, Automotive, Engines and Events. Based
in Northamptonshire, England, the company’s
4,300 square metre facility includes design,
development, manufacturing and operational support
for international race/rally programmes and automotive
engineering projects including performance engine
development. Since its formation in 1984
RML has achieved success in a diverse range of
motorsport categories including GT/sportscars,
touring cars, rally cars, single seaters and
oval speedway cars.
works together with a number of specialist
official suppliers and technical partners including Beissbarth, OMP
also supports Spinal
Research as the team's chosen
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For more information, please contact:
Sara Lambden - RML Group
Email: Sara Lambden
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