WTCC »

Pace but no points for Cruze on debut

Nicola Larini has vented his displeasure at being penalised from a fifth place finish in the first World Touring Car race of the season in Brazil, the Italian saying it ruined an otherwise promising debut for the new Chevrolet Cruze.

Larini provided a star turn in the opening race of the weekend at Curitiba when he hauled his new car to a fifth place finish on its debut, behind only the dominant four-strong SEAT line-up.

However, the Italian and the team's joy was short-lived when Larini was given a 30-second penalty for pulling out of line during a safety car restart.

Dropping him towards the back of the field, Larini was furious to have lost out, arguing that the cars in front were going too slowly for him to do anything other than pull to the side.

“I am really infuriated for the sanction after race one,” he said. “I had a great race. At the start, I stayed on the right side of the track, where I knew there would be less problems, and got clear of the incident that stopped Alain.

“The car was really good in the fast corners, I kept the seventh position without any trouble and then managed to gain two positions, to finish fifth, a very good result for the Cruze's first race. I do not understand the penalty I got for the restart, as Monteiro was extremely slow and Farfus and I could only pull over to avoid contact. In Race 2, I struggled as I had a set-up for dry conditions.”

Team-mate Alain Menu saw his hopes of a good result end at the second corner when he was involved in a collision with Andy Priaulx and Jorg Muller.

“It is a frustrating result because we deserved much better, but this is racing. In Race 1, I hadn't the start that I wanted and when we got to turn 4, Monteiro hit me, causing a pile- up also involving Jörg Müller and Priaulx.

“My race ended there and the bodywork of the car got damaged. Despite that, in Race 2, the car was very good and got better lap after lap, allowing me to finish 11th and recording the fastest lap at the end of the race.”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Nicola Larini in action in Brazil
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing C-Elysee [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing C-Elysee [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing C-Elysee [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Sebastien Loeb - Citroen Racing C-Elysee [credit: FIA WTCC]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Hugo Valente - Campos Chevrolet Cruze [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
James Thompson - LADA Granta TC1 [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Rene Munnich - ALL-INKL Munnich Chevrolet [credit: FIA WTCC]
Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing C-Elysee [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Sebastien Loeb - Citroen C-Elysee [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
John Filippi - Campos SEAT Leon [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Tom Chilton - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Dusan Borkovic - Campos Chevrolet Cruze [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Mehdi Bennani - Proteam Honda Civic [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing C-Elysee [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Hugo Valente - Campos Chevrolet Cruze [pic credit: FIA WTCC]

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.