Chevrolet has concluded its testing programme ahead of the new World Touring Car Championship season after joining SEAT and BMW on track at Valencia.
Nicola Larini and Alain Menu were on duty to continue putting miles on the new Cruze model, with conditions at the Spanish circuit being better than those experienced during the previous test at the Portimao circuit in Portugal.
While the weather wasn't ideal, the team was able to work on validating new aerodynamic solutions and optimising set-ups and reliability in view of the first race of the year in Brazil.
“It's a pity that in Valencia too, weather conditions where not optimal, but the good news is that we could advance with the development work, testing different set-up packages for Curitiba, without encountering any major problem,” Larini said. “It is always very difficult to judge your potential before the season starts, as you don't have any real reference about the competitors, and it is even more so when you are working with a brand new car, like the Cruze, but I feel that we are heading in the right direction.”
Chevrolet motorsport manager Eric Neve was also pleased to complete the testing programme although he admitted it was still early days in terms of the development process of the new car.
“The last pre-season test always feels like the last inspection to your car before leaving for holidays with all the luggage and the entire family!” he said. “So, we really hope that everything is under control, although we know we are only at the beginning of the development work. This last winter test was also useful to check a number of non-technical things, for instance how the car looks and how the new design and colour scheme works once the car is on a racing track. It's always a key moment in the season, a moment when you hope real race conditions will validate all the work done.”