ZURICH – ISTANBUL, 8 December 2012: Chevrolet yesterday celebrated a successful 2012 World Touring Car Championship season, receiving the Manufacturers’ World Champion trophy – the third in a row – at the FIA Prize Giving Gala ceremony in Istanbul.
Rob Huff received his trophy as Drivers’ World Champion, having preceded his Chevrolet teammates Alain Menu and Yvan Muller, who came in second and third respectively and completed a clean sweep for the boys in blue.
This was the second year running that the trio claimed the top three spots in the series and the third time a Chevrolet driver claimed the crown – Muller won the title with Chevrolet in 2010 and 2011.
Vijay Iyer, Director Communications at Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, received the Manufacturers’ trophy for Chevrolet and the RML-run Cruzes.
The traditional Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Gala brings together champions from every major branch of international motor sports events, from Formula One, to the WTCC, junior formulae and karting, apart from honouring outstanding achievers.
The star-studded event took place in the historic Kempinski Ciragan Palace on the Bosporus and followed the FIA’s World Council and General Assembly.
The ceremony was a perfect end to Chevrolet’s eight-year journey in the WTCC, which resulted in tremendous track results; 68 race wins, 36 pole positions and 61 fastest laps in 178 races.
The WTCC experience also helped boost Chevrolet’s brand image and contributed to selling more than 1.7 million Cruzes since the car was launched in 2009.
Rob Huff: “It was incredible to be out there on stage in what was an impressive awards ceremony. It’s definitely something that helps you realize that you are a World Champion.
“It has been an amazing season and a fantastic eight years with Chevrolet. I can only be happy and grateful.”
Alain Menu: “It is often said that second is the worst place to be, but I am actually very happy with my 2012 season. It was nice to end the journey with such a strong showing.
“This long and fruitful Chevrolet campaign has really been a great team effort. Regardless of the results, what I will always remember most is the wonderful human dimension of it all.”
Yvan Muller: “Although I didn’t win the title this time round, it is still very satisfying for me to finish in the top three again, winning nine races – the most of any driver this season – in the process.
“The three years with Chevrolet have been a wonderful experience, and I was proud to defend the colours of such a legendary brand.”
Vijay Iyer (Director Communications, Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe): “It was an honour to collect the Manufacturers’ trophy on behalf of Chevrolet.
“We are very happy to have won both the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championships for the third consecutive year. On behalf of our global Chevrolet team, I would like to thank our drivers and everybody at RML for the outstanding job, the commitment and the spirit shown during this entire season and the eight years of our partnership and presence in the WTCC.
“With more than 1,000 points in the Manufacturers’ competition, 2012 was a record season for us. To finish with a 1-2-3 in the last race was really symbolic of how great this experience has been for everyone involved.
“This has been a fantastic program for Chevrolet, which has brought a lot to our brand and the Chevrolet Cruze, with more than 1.7 million cars sold since its launch. We say farewell to the WTCC with a sense of pride for our achievements.”