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Another Clean Sweep for RML. Anderstorp (Rounds 13 & 14), 28th/29th July 2007. Issued July 29th 2007

RML Chevrolet Clean Sweep

Chevrolet had another unforgettable day in the World Touring Car Championship, winning both races at the seventh venue of 2007.

Rob Huff achieved a lights-to-flag victory in race one, with local hero Rickard Rydell, racing in a fourth Lacetti, claiming victory in race two ahead of Nicola Larini and Alain Menu, the second one-two-three of the season for Chevrolet. The Lacettis have now won five races this year.

In the drivers championship, Nicola Larini is now fourth overall (and first among front-wheel drive cars) with 48 points, ten points off the lead. The two Anderstorp races were effected by the fast-changing weather conditions and difficult choices in terms of tyres and set-up.

Both races started with a wet track that dried quickly during the course of the 13 laps. Race one saw Rob Huff fly away from the rest of the group in the wet. The Brit kept his cool when the track dried, clinching a well-deserved second WTCC victory. In race two, Larini and Menu started from the first row on rain tyres, and led almost until the end, but could not resist the come-back of Rickard Rydell, who was on slicks and much faster in the closing laps.


Rob Huff (1st/11th)
I am of course absolutely delighted with the win in Race One. It was really the perfect race. Yesterday I said I wanted something in the middle between a wet and a dry race, and that’s exactly what we got. At the start, Monteiro went wide to fight with Nic, clearing the way for me. It was easy to pull away, as the car was handling perfectly in the wet. I just tried to stay focused and not to overdrive in order to preserve the tyres, as I knew I would need them when the track would start drying. The six second gap I could build up was clearly useful at the end of the race, but except for the three final corners, I did not feel much pressure from behind.

In Race Two, I had a good start, could pass a couple of cars and run sixth for a while, but then my tyres got really bad and I simply tried to hold the guys behind me as much as I could to help my teammates in front."

Nicola Larini (7th/2nd)
I took a good start in Race One, but lost the advantage of being in the first row when Monteiro pushed me almost off the track in the first corner, which left me in seventh position. Afterwards, it was difficult to maintain the pace, also because the tyres were not that great. I ran together with Rickard for most of the race, but in the closing laps it was difficult to resist the Seats and the Alfa.

In Race Two, starting from the first row with Alain, I was able to take the lead and keep it almost until the end, although I was really struggled not to destroy the rain tyres in the dry track. I could hold Alain, but not Rickard, who was on slicks."

Alain Menu (8th/3rd)
Given my position on the grid for Race One, I took the risk of putting slicks on. It was hell for two thirds of the race, very slippery, but with the track dry I could go pretty fast, gaining ten seconds with respect to the gap I had after lap one and scoring also the fastest lap. Eighth position was a nice reward for the effort.

In Race Two, I realized since the formation lap that it was a mistake to race on wet tyres. But all in all, I am satisfied with my results and it is an incredible week-end for the team.

Rickard Rydell (9th/1st)
The two races were completely different for me. It was a little bit frustrating for me to finish ninth in the first race. I think I could have gone for Monteiro in the early laps, but I didn’t want to push too hard.

Race Two was a different story. It paid off to take the risk of putting slicks on. In the early laps I was able not to loose too much time with respects to the guys on rain tyres, I think that is where I won the race. I am really happy to win at home and I thank Chevrolet and Eurosport for this great opportunity."

Eric Neve (Motorsport Manager Chevrolet Europe)
This is really a wonderful day for Chevrolet and the whole team. For the first time, we have won the two races, showing we are extremely competitive in terms of performance in all situations: Qualifying, race one and race two. I find also very meaningful that the Lacetti has so far won in all circuits new to the Championship:
Zandvoort, Pau, Porto and Anderstorp. Today’s result also shows how important it can be to have an additional car in the grid. We can only be very happy for the team and our brand.

Chevrolet Racing Insight on the Web

Throughout the 2007 WTCC season, Chevrolet Insight will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the Chevrolet WTCC racing team. On Saturday and Sunday, media and fans alike will get the latest information and can ask their questions via the web in Chevrolet's own web cast. Visit There are regular airings during the race weekend, and then a full 15-minute review programme can be viewed at any time after the event.

ANDERSTORP Race 1 Result

1. R Huff Chevrolet Lacetti 13 laps in 23m51s708 (at 131.35 kph)
2. T Monteiro Seat Len + 0s729
3. J Thompson Alfa Romeo 156 +12s501
4. T Coronel Seat Len +18s465
5. G Tarquini Seat Len +20s858
7. N Larini (Chevrolet Lacetti) +25s821
8. A Menu (Chevrolet Lacetti) +25s892
9. R Rydell (Chevrolet Lacetti) +26s437

ANDERSTORP Race 2 Result

1. R Rydell (Chevrolet Lacetti)
13 laps in 23m41s120 (at 132.33 kph)
2. N Larini (Chevrolet Lacetti) +1s608
3. A Menu (Chevrolet Lacetti) +1s856
4. T Coronel Seat Len +5s157
5. J Thompson Alfa Romeo 156 +6s070
11. R Huff (Chevrolet Lacetti) +10s455

Drivers' Points Standings after Race 14 of 22
1. J Mller (BMW), 58 pts; 2. A Farfus (BMW), 57; 3. A Priaulx (BMW) 56; 4. N Larini (Chevrolet) 48; 5. A Menu (Chevrolet), 45 ...9. R Huff (Chevrolet), 32, ...16. R Rydell (Chevrolet) 10, etc

Manufacturer's Points Standings after Race 12 OF 22
1. BMW, 177 pts; 2. Seat, 147; 3. Chevrolet, 143; 4. Alfa Romeo, 70

The next race of the 2007 World Touring Car Championship takes place in Oschersleben, Germany, on 2nd September.

The full calendar for the year is:

2007 FIA World Touring Car Championship
11 March - Curitiba, Brazil - raced
6 May - Zandvoort, Netherlands - raced

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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