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RML Chevrolet retains driver line-up for 2008.
Issued January 8th 2008

Driving trio return for RML Chevrolet

RML Chevrolet’s record-breaking 2007 driver line-up will join forces for the fourth consecutive season in the 2008 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

Alain Menu, Nicola Larini and Rob Huff again team-up to pilot the three Lacettis, following the squad’s most successful WTCC season to date in 2007.

Alain took five victories, all from pole position in 2007, the most over the course of any WTCC season. RML Chevrolet took seven wins from 22 starts, representing a win rate of 32%, also leading more laps than any other team. Alain also topped the charts for the most laps led over the season with 64.

Eric Nève, motorsport manager of Chevrolet Europe, said: “Our programme has always been set on continuous improvement, so we need to take the best advantage of the solid foundation work we have been able to layer over the years. Last season was the culmination of three and a half years of hard and dedicated work by all those involved in the programme. Together, our drivers have visited the podium 18 times, scoring seven wins and two triplets. 2007’s result was also due to the relentless development work done by the entire RML team and the thousands of miles the drivers drove the Chevrolet Lacetti in tests to find that little extra. On top of that all three get along very well and are good brand ambassadors, which are important elements to us as well. The decision about your driver line-up is never easy because one has to evaluate a lot of elements like speed, motivation amd improvement skills, which is the reason why we took our time before making that important move. We are convinced that having Alain, Nicola and Rob on board again in 2008 will be one of the cornerstones of our next year’s success.”

Alain Menu said: “When you have scored five pole positions and won five races in one season, the one thing you want to do is stay where you are. I’m sure the new car will even be better than last year’s, so the challenge in 2008 will be to have a bit more luck in the second races and be able to score more points there. The new success ballast system will in any case force every driver to go for points at every occasion, so everybody will hopefully be a bit more careful. My objective for ’08 therefore is to win the title, but I’m sure quite a few others have set their sights on that as well, notably Nicola and Rob.”

Nicola Larini said: “I’m very happy to sign again with RML Chevrolet. It’s nice to stay with a team with which I have experienced three years of excellent results. These past three seasons have brought about some solid bonds within the team, as we were all there right from the beginning; from when we were merely following the others to last year, when we were leading. I’m sure the stability within the team will bring lots more wins for RML Chevrolet next year.”

Rob Huff said: “I’m very pleased to be part of the RML Chevrolet team again in 2008. This year we had our most successful season yet, so I think it’s fair to say that in ’08 each of us will try to go for the title. We know the car is excellent, we know what it takes to win races, so now all we have to do is to stick together for a solid season without too many mishaps and it could three blue cars going for the title in Macau in November.”

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