Chevrolet have confirmed that they have re-signed all three of their World Touring Car drivers for a fifth consecutive season.
It means the line-up of Rob Huff, Alain Menu and Nicola Larini continues to be unchanged from when the team first made its WTCC debut back in 2005.
With all three drivers commanding an exceptional wealth of touring car experience, Chevrolet have transformed themselves into regular frontrunners for 2008, with Huff heading into the final three rounds of the season well in contention for this year's title.
Indeed, the team have come a long way in four seasons after making quiet debut at Monza in 2005, a race they couldn't even qualify inside the top twenty for. Nonetheless, they were scoring points by the end of the season before winning their first race at Brands Hatch in 2006 courtesy of Menu.
Since then, another ten wins have followed, with three for Huff and a total of eight for Menu. Interestingly, although he is yet to win a race with the team, Larini does hold the best overall finish for a Chevrolet driver, the Italian scoring fifth in the standings last season.
With several wins, podiums and pole positions between them, for team manager Eric Neve, it was an easy choice to retain their drivers for another assault next season.
“It is good to be able to announce our drivers for 2009 at this early stage. It shows the confidence we have in their abilities and they have in our engineering strength. In 2009 we will run a new car and it is good to have stability on the drivers' side.
“Their combined 12 years of experience with the Chevrolet Lacetti will allow us to hit the ground running when we start to prepare for the new season. And while it may sound cliché, there really is no point in changing a winning team. Consistency and a methodical approach have allowed us to be where we are today, and will allow us to go even further in the future.”
With Huff now up to fourth in the overall standings after a succession of good results recently, the Brit is delighted to have the pressure heading to Monza, Okayama and Macau.
“The extra morale booster comes of course from signing with Chevrolet again for 2009. Now all we have to think about is the last three events of this year.”
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether Chevrolet will continue to race the Lacetti into 2009. The recently revealed replacement for car, the Cruze, was shown last month and is expected to mark a change of machinery for the team eventually.