The World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) weekend at the Algarve race track (AIA) was dominated by Chevrolet.
French title favourite Yvan Muller passed pole position holder Gabrielle Tarquini in his Chevrolet Cruze on the first lap of the first race and enjoyed an untroubled passage to take the chequered flag while his Swiss colleague Alain Menu followed suit in the same make of car in the reverse order second contest.
Portuguese driver Tiago Monteiro was not able to trouble the principals in his SEAT but managed to stay in the points with seventh and eigth places respectively.
“I felt that I could have done much better but the car was not powerful enough,” he said afterwards.
Amongst the supporting program Cesar Campaniço and Carlos Vieira stood out in taking the National Circuits Cup at the wheel of their Audi R8 LMS while the aforementioned Alain Menu was the cause for some amusement when taking to the track in the colours of the fictional ‘Vaillante’ team based on the popular comic book racer Michel Vaillant.
Prior to last weekend’s sporting action AIA administrator Paulo Pinheiro announced that an agreement had been reached with a consortium of debtors made up of Siemens, Ensul, Meci and SPIE, thus securing the immediate future of the track.