final classification, veteran Swiss Alain
Menu splitting champ Huff and Muller.
The factory teams from BMW and SEAT
may have departed the WTCC, but RML
boss Ray Mallock, a 20-year veteran of
General Motors motorsport programs,
takes great satisfaction from 2012.
“There were no team orders,
except that you don’t run into
one of your teammates”
“We squeezed further performance out
of the Cruze and let our three drivers battle
it out between them,” he says. “Having
the three title contenders under one roof
brings its own challenges. There were no
team orders, except that you don’t run into
one of your teammates. And if you do, you
give him back the position straight away.”
Huff’s rise to World Champion is also
of significance to Mallock, who has run
the Brit since he graduated to top-line
sedan racing in the British Touring Car
(MAIN) Alain Menu
finished runner-up in
the final standings.
(LEFT) Yvan Muller
brought Chevy two
W TCC drivers’ titles.
accomplished, Rob Huff
celebrates clinching the
2012 WTCC title in
the Macau finale.
Championship with SEAT back in 2004.
“We’ve invested a lot in Rob, so his
success is particularly satisfying,” he says.
“There was a time in our second year when
he struggled, but between us we got on top
of the problem and put him back on track.”
Huff can’t hide his gratitude toward
Chevrolet and RML, saying: “To pay
them back with the title after everything
they’ve done for me means a lot.
I hope they are proud that they made
a World Champion out of me.”
Huff was on his own, though, in the
second of the finale’s two races on
the punishing Guia circuit in Macau.
An accident when leading the opening
race put his championship in doubt.
“I said some things under my breath
that can’t be printed,” he recalls. “I was
upset and angry with myself, but I knew
that I’d gone into the weekend with a
healthy 37-point lead and had put the car
on pole by more than half a second.
“I knew I could dig deep and bang some
fast laps in, but I also knew that it was
important to monitor where I was and
assess what I had to do to clinch the title.”
After eight years, Chevrolet signed off from the WTCC with its third
consecutive Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championship double
in 2012. Its first race win came in 2006, with 67 more following.
CHEv Y DOES THE TRIPLE DOUBLE
FIA World TourIng CAr ChAmpIonshIp
In 2012, Chevy became the first manufacturer to earn more
than 1000 points in a season under the current points system.
Points system: 1st 25pts, then 18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1. Top 5 in
Q2 earn 5-4-3-2-1. Manufs’ Ch’ship counts top 2 cars per make.
Of Chevrolet’s 20
race wins in 2012,
the consistent Rob
Huff earned 5. His
Menu and Yvan
Muller won 6 and 9
After finishing third overall in 2008 and ’ 10 and second in 2011,
Great Britain’s Rob Huff finally earned his first WTCC title in 2012.
1 RoB huff (ChEvRolEt)
2 AlAin MEnu (ChEvRolEt)
3 YvAn MullER (ChEvRolEt)
4 GABRiElE tARquini (SEAt)
5 toM CoRonEl (BMW)
6 noRBERt MiChEliSz (BMW)