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Another Double Win For Chevrolet In Brno

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Chevrolet scored their fourth double victory from five World Touring Car Championship meetings in 2011 at Brno, with Rob Huff and Yvan Muller winning the two races at the Czech circuit.

Huff led home teammates Muller and Menu in Race 1 to complete the team's third podium lockout of the season. In Race 2, the team were denied another 1-2-3 by Tom Coronel, who defended his second place from the advances of both Menu and Huff, who had to settle for third and fourth.

Another top weekend has seen the team strengthen their positions at the head of the drivers' and manufacturers' standings.

Muller's double podium saw him close the gap slightly to standings leader Huff to 25 points.  “I am happy with this second win of the year and the many points,” said the Frenchman. “After having been at the top during all practice sessions and qualifying, it was of course a little bit frustrating not to win Race 1, I think I had been a little bit too nice at the start and Rob took the opportunity to pass me! Still, second place is good for the championship, no doubt.

“It was then important for me to correct the situation in Race 2 and despite starting from the eighth position, everything went well, I could climb up to the top, make a good use of all opportunities and build a sufficient gap once in the lead.”

Huff said: “I am very pleased with the results, which went over my expectations, and with the win in Race 1, which was decided in the first couple of corners. The fight with Yvan was tough and fair, I made a move on the outside and took a deep breath while he defended his position, I went out on the gravel a little bit but then had the inside line for turn 2 and I made it. The rest of the race was uneventful.

“In Race 2, I fought with Nykjaer, Poulsen, Villa and Tarquini and managed to pass them all, then cruised safely in fourth to take some good points.”

Menu added: “I am pleased with my performance today but could have hoped for some more points. In Race 1, I was touched at the back at the start and my car did not have a lot of pace. I stayed behind Coronel for the entire race but was able to pass him with a nice overtaking move on the final lap, finishing third, which was not bad at all.

“In Race 2, the car was much better. I took a good start but couldn't prevent Yvan from passing me in a re-acceleration phase. I had to fight with Tarquini and then Coronel and another podium was at the end of that, so I guess I cannot complain.”

Chevrolet Motorsport Europe boss Eric Neve commented: “It's another fantastic result for the team and another great day for Chevrolet, in front of over 500 dealers from the South East Europe region, just like it happened two weeks ago in Budapest. I am really happy that we have been able to reward all the support received in Hungary and in the Czech Republic from Chevrolet fans and dealers with two double wins.”

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