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Menu to use spare Cruze at Brands
13 July 2009
Alain Menu will be forced to switch to the spare car at Brands Hatch as Chevrolet prepares for its 'home' round of the World Touring Car Championship season.
The Swiss driver found himself in the wars in Porto last time out and was involved in accidents in both races around the tight street circuit, leaving his Cruze carrying heavy damage at the end of the weekend.
As a result of that, the Swiss driver will use the team's spare car for the British round of the year although the car of Nicola Larini – which was also damaged in Portugal – has been repaired in time for the weekend.
“We are again on a very short turn-around and the team has been working hard after the races in Porto,” team chief Mark Busfield said. “Nic's car has been completely repaired after his accident in race two, while Alain's, which sustained some more severe damage, will need more time to be re-built. Therefore Alain will be using the spare car in Brands, which he will also drive at the test session at Snetterton the Wednesday before the race weekend.
“At Brands we will have introduced some new items on the car, to improve the durability and serviceability of the Cruze.”
Menu has a strong record at Brands Hatch both from his time in the British Touring Car Championship and in the World series, and the he said he was keen to try and maintain his winning run on British soil.
“I love Brands so much that I consider it as home ... and it is always good to be back home. I love the circuit and I love the atmosphere,” he said. “I have won there every year since 2006 and I hope to keep the trend and to get rid of the bad luck I had in the last three events. Honestly, even if the competition is very strong, I think the Cruze should be competitive in Brands, given the weight compensation table for this event.”