WTCC - Muller pleased with RML Cruze despite limited running

Yvan Muller and Tom Chilton were impressed with RML’s Cruze after testing this week at Snetterton and Brands Hatch.

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WTCC - Muller pleased with RML Cruze despite limited running
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RML’s Chevrolet Cruze

The team’s sole pre-season run-outs ahead of the World Touring Car Championship season-opening race in Monza, Italy took place on Tuesday and Thursday respectively.

“So that was winter testing – it went quick!” joked triple world champion Muller.

“The Cruze handles well and it’s great to be back behind the wheel. Despite limited running, we have a strong basis to work from and I hope we will keep some of that advantage.”

Chilton focused on adapting to his new surroundings.

“It’s everything I thought it would be – a very well put-together car,” he said. “The balance is very neutral, which makes it forgiving.

“At the moment I am trying to work out how I can play with the car to understand the handling and set-up. Small changes on the Cruze can make big differences, which is a sign of a great chassis.

“The car has had so much development over the years and it feels good. I really enjoying being out on track and I feel like I am moulding into the team well so far.”

Project supervisor Ron Hartvelt said: “The two days have gone well, without incident, although Brands Hatch was wet which gave us limited scope.

“At Snetterton we had invaluable time with Yvan in the car during the morning session, primarily concentrating on getting the car right to match the conditions here.

“It meant we had a solid base from which to hand the car over to Tom. The main objective for Tom was to learn how the car works.

“We were running as many laps as we could, trialling various changes so he understood how the car reacts and responds to his style of driving. The focus wasn’t on lap-times yet, that will come later, but it was important for Tom to overlay his data with Yvan to have a benchmark.”

Chevy have pulled their factory team - for whom Muller drove last year – out of the series.

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