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Points for RML in Brazil. Issued March 11th 2007

Chevrolet Third In Manufacturers Championship

Rob Huff scored Chevrolet’s first points of the 2007 World Touring Car Championship with a fifth place in the first race in Curitiba, Brazil, today. It was the high point of the weekend, as both Alain Menu and Nicola Larini were victim of race incidents in the first race, while Rob suffered the same bad luck in the second. In the drivers’ championship this places Huff seventh overall with four points, while Chevrolet lies third in the manufacturer’s standings with nine points.

Rob Huff finished fifth in the first of the weekend's two races, but failed to reach the flag in the second. “The first race went fine, except for some serious understeer going into Turn 6, as well as accelerating out of that turn. So I had to solve that by lifting, turning in, smoothly going through the corner and then accelerating out again later than normal. For race two we changed the camber, which improved things, and I had a brilliant start, running in third up to Turn 1, but then the car got away from me under braking as the pedal unexpectedly went long.
I got hit by another car and that was it.”

Nicola Larini shared Huff's disappointment in the first race, with a DNF, and then ended up 10th in the second . "In the first race I had a good start, until Yvan Muller pushed me off in Turn 1! The car was extensively damaged. In race two, I had another good start, moving up from the back of the grid to tenth in the first corner. Unfortunately I got sandwiched there which damaged the splitter and destroyed the balance of the car. A couple of laps later the splitter fell off completely, and that restored the balance. From then on I had a good race and made it to the finish. That's the just reward for the hard work the boys put in to repair the car.”

Alain Menu had a desperate meeting, failing to finish in both races. “I was the innocent victim (of the Turn 1 incident between Nicola Larini and Yvan Muller) when Nicola’s car was pushed into mine, ending my race there and then. In the second race I immediately felt that the steering was not the way it should be. Under braking it felt like one of the shocks was broken, so I came in after a few laps as I felt it would have been too dangerous to continue.”

Eric Nève of Chevrolet Europe was upbeat nevertheless. “We showed that the performance is there, but unfortunately it didn’t quite show, neither in qualifying nor in the races. We will keep on working in this direction and make sure we will be right there at the next race in Zandvoort in seven weeks’ time, which one could consider as the real start of the season, as from then on we will be racing every other weekend.”

Mark Busfield, Team Manager for RML Chevrolet, was also able to see the silver lining. “A positive thing this weekend is that team did a great job in rebuilding two badly damaged cars from race one using every minute of the extra time we now have between the two races to accommodate the TV schedule. This allowed us to start race two with both Alain’s and Nicola’s cars and Nicola to finish tenth whereas under last year’s timing his car would never have been repaired in time. In all this is the testament of the improvements we made over winter to increase serviceability and reduce time needed make repairs.”

CURITIBA Race 1 Results
1. J Müller BMW 320si 16 laps in 25m38s208 (138.360kph)
2. A Priaulx BMW 320si + 0s421
3. A Farfus BMW 320si + 1s234
4. G Tarquini SEAT Leon + 8s876
5. R Huff Chevrolet Lacetti + 9s701
DNF N Larini Chevrolet Lacetti Accident (0 laps)
DNF A Menu Chevrolet Lacetti Accident (0 laps)

CURITIBA Race 2Results
1. A Farfus BMW 320si 14 laps in 20m20s148 (152.620kph)
2. A Priaulx BMW 320si + 4s378
3. J Müller BMW 320si + 5s691
4. Y Muller SEAT Leon + 6s963
5. G Tarquini SEAT Leon + 7s479
10. N Larini Chevrolet Lacetti + 18s425
DNF A Menu Chevrolet Lacetti Accident damage (3 laps)
DNF R Huff Chevrolet Lacetti Accident (0 laps)

Drivers' Points Standings after Race 2 of 22
1ex. J Müller (BMW), A Farfus (BMW) and A Priaulx (BMW) 16pts; 4. G Tarquini (SEAT) 9; 5. Y Müller (SEAT) 6;… 7. R Huff (Chevrolet) and T Coronel (SEAT) 4;…

Manufacturer's Points Standings after Race 2 of 22
1. BMW, 36pts; 2. SEAT, 21; 3. Chevrolet, 9; 4. Alfa Romeo, 5.

The next race of the 2007 World Touring Car Championship takes place in Zandvoort, Holland on 6 May.
The full calendar for the year is:

2007 FIA World Touring Car Championship
11 March - Curitiba, Brazil
6 May - Zandvoort, Netherlands
20 May - Valencia, Spain
3 June - Pau, France
17 June - Brno, Czech Republic
8 July - Porto, Portugal
29 July - Anderstorp, Sweden
2 September - Oschersleben, Germany
23 September -Brands Hatch, Great Britain
7 October - Monza, Italy
18 November - Macau, China

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