Alain Menu will aim to repeat his success of twelve months ago as the World Touring Car Championship heads to Pau this weekend for the fourth round of the year.

The Chevrolet man stormed to victory in the opening race around the French venue last season on what was the WTCCs maiden race weekend at the challenging street circuit.

That came with the Swiss ace carrying little ballast on his Lacetti and was part of a run that saw him win at each of the new circuits on the calendar over the course of the year.

This time around however, Menu heads to Pau on the back of his first win of the year last time out at Valencia and with extra ballast on his car as a result, he admitted that his approach this time around would be totally different.

"In 2007, I deliberately dropped a few places at the previous race to run with just the weight for my championship points in Pau, which was five kilos," he said. "Now I'll be carrying 34 kilos, which will make all the difference. So my objectives have changed accordingly, since pole position for the first race will be next to impossible with a heavy car.

"I thus will try to qualify in the top seven or eight and try to finish eighth and continue the points tally. If we can manage that and get the reversed grid for race two we can hope for a potential win and keep the Chevrolet Lacetti's street record intact. Mind you, long-term weather forecasts predict rain for next week, so that could mix the field again in qualifying."


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