Alain Menu says he will be looking to end his time with the Chevrolet Lacetti in style at Macau after a disappointing weekend at Okayama.
The Swiss star went into the first World Touring Car Championship event on Japanese soil keen to continue the form that has seen him be the man to beat at events new to the calendar – but his chances were hit by an incident at the start of race one.
Having qualified in fourth place following Gabriele Tarquini's penalty, Menu was focused on trying to bring home a podium finish from the weekend but contact with Augusto Farfus at turn one following the rolling start forced him to bring the car into the pits to retire.
That left him at the back of the field for race two and having damaged his steering in contact again at turn one after gambling on slick tyres, he elected to focus on simply bringing the car home to the flag.
“I had a dream start for race one, running in third, staying on the right line, braking where I should and then Farfus under-steered into me,” he said. “The car was too damaged to continue so I came in for repairs to have a sound car again for race two.
“In the second race, I started on slicks but at the start I didn't manage to brake as I should have for turn one and hit another guy. This bent my steering, so for the rest of the race – and with nothing to gain – I decided to take it easy and save the car for Macau.
“There I will be running very light so hopefully I can finally turn that into my advantage. So far it hasn't been my year this year, but the opera isn't over until the fat lady sings.”