WTCC Race of Morocco: Demoustier plans conservative strategy for Morocco

The Craft Bamboo driver says his confidence is growing in the Chevrolet Cruze TC1 WTCC car but expects to be handicapped in the races in Morocco
Gregoire Demoustier will start on the back foot in Morocco but is hopeful a conservative strategy will pay off in the long run as he prepares for the second round of the World Touring Car Championship.

The Craft Bamboo Chevrolet driver has been handed a 10-place grid penalty for race one in Morocco after requiring an engine change post-Argentina.

The team enjoyed a successful mid-season test in Portimao immediately after the 2015 season opener and Demoustier says he is much more comfortable in his Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 after over 1000km of running.

“We completed four days of successful testing in Portimao, where I gained lots of experience in the car and consistently improved my lap times,” Demoustier said.

However, the British team says it will run a conservative strategy at the Circuit Moulay El Hassan in order to save tyres and hopes it will pay off later in the season.

Despite Demoustier's grid penalty and tyre management plans he remains optimistic ahead of the weekend's action in north Africa.The 24-year-old is making his debut in WTCC and scored his first career point with a 10th place finish in race two at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.

“It is a real shame about my 10 place grid penalty after the start we had in Argentina,” he added. “The engineers did a great job of extracting more performance from the car and it is unfortunate that I won't be able to showcase this in Morocco but I will be doing my absolute best to challenge the rest of the field.”

The WTCC race of Morocco will act as round two of the 2015 championship and is scheduled for the 17-19th April.

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