Chevrolet has confirmed that World Touring Car Championship pair Alain Menu and Rob Huff are to take part in the Buenos Aires 200 kilometre touring car race.

The pair will take part in the event to support Chevrolet Argentina's title challenge, with Menu looking to try and repeat his victory in 2006 - which came after podium finishes in the two previous years.

Huff meanwhile will be making his second appearance in the race, although Nicola Larini won't make the trip to South America due to other commitments already in place - with Brazilian Hoover Orsi taking the Italian's place in the driver line-up.

"We are very happy to again have the WTCC drivers with us for what is the biggest event of the year in South American motorsports," Jorge Maquiez, senior commercial supervisor for Chevrolet's TC2000 programme, said. "Actually, we will be the only brand bringing in foreign drivers who are driving for the same brand elsewhere in the world, and this proves once again the strength of a global brand like Chevrolet.

"In 2006, the association between TC2000 and WTCC drivers worked very well for Chevrolet, as we won the race; last year, we could not do it because of a date clash, so we are really enthusiastic that we are able to repeat the experience in 2008. The advantage, this year, is that both Alain and Rob know the track, the race and the TC2000 cars; on the other hand, the 2008 championship is more competitive and closely-fought than ever. The seven first races have seen seven different winners, which is something unprecedented in the TC2000. We had a relatively slow start of the season, but then our cars have been gaining in reliability and in performance, and we won our first race in round six, in Resistencia.

"Currently, our best-placed driver, Cristian Ledesma, is lying fourth in the standings and a win or a podium finish in the Buenos Aires event, which is granted almost double points, would be extremely helpful to re-open the battle for the title as we get into the second part of the season. Ledesma will race with Alain Menu, while Marcelo Bugliotti will pair with Rob Huff like in 2006 and Ricardo Risatti will share the wheel with Hoover Orsi, who is a Chevrolet driver in the Brazilian stock-car championship."


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