Chevrolet's MIRA shakedown

Rob Huff gave Chevrolet's new FIA World Touring Car Championship challenger its first shakedown at the MIRA test track in Nuneaton on Monday

Chevrolet's MIRA shakedown

GM's new Lacetti, Chevrolet's first European-based factory challenger, is reported to have run without any major issues. RML, which is building three race cars for Huff, Alain Menu and Nicola Larini for the new FIA WTCC series this year, declared itself happy with the results.

"The test went very well," said RML team boss Ray Mallock. "It's always a good sign when a car works straight out of the box.

"We have completed a fair amount of running today and have encountered no problems. Rob [Huff] has been able to run at a good speed and push the car quite hard. The reports have been favourable on the engine and brakes and generally the whole package."

Huff, who drove for the works SEAT team in the BTCC last year, which was also run by RML, was pleased with the car's first outing.

"It's been a very positive start for us today," he said, "the car feels good and is nicely balanced. We carried out various system checks and everything is running well. The cold weather has meant it took some time to get some temperature in the tyres but despite that we have been picking up the pace gradually and are all very happy with the way things have worked."

The team has now taken the car back to the workshop for more preparatory work before its second track test on January 21.

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