The four-door sedan is known in the UK as the car that carried Jason Plato to victory in the British Touring Car Championship, but has gone on to claim victory on the world stage in both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles.
The championships were conquered by Rob Huff and Yvan Muller, who took a double-win in Race 1, after a faultless flag-to-flag performance. In Race 2, the Chevrolet duo had to fight hard to finish 3rd and 4th, which meant Chevrolet has been on the podium in 21 of the 22 races this year. Unfortunately, this was not enough for Huff to take the runner-up position in the championship, as he finished tied in points with Tarquini, who declared in second place on his number of wins. Alain Menu had a more difficult weekend, but showed his tremendous team spirit and bravery, having to cope with the sad news of his father’s death. The Swiss driver finished Race 1 in 7th position after contact with the wall in lap 1, but could not take advantage from the first row position in Race 2, as a mechanical problem left him on the grid.
“It was an amazing weekend in Macau as Chevrolet won both the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ titles in the 2010 World Touring Car Championship,” said Chevrolet Europe President Wayne Brannon. “This achievement is the culmination of six years of team work, of incredible dedication and true passion.
“The racing team has made Cruze a world champion. The WTCC features vehicles close to the production cars, giving us the opportunity to showcase what a great product we have on the market. “This was our second year of racing activity for the Cruze – which has become Chevrolet's best-selling passenger car worldwide in the same period.”
With the celebrations over, once back at base the UK-based RML team has already begun to get the new Cruze 1.6 turbo as competitive as the current racecar in 2011.