WELLINGBOROUGH [UK] – Monday 27 October 2014: Last weekend proved to be one of triumph and celebration for the RML-Cruze running customer teams at the penultimate FIA World Touring Car Championship event in Suzuka.
Incredibly five RML-Cruzes qualified in the top ten, headed by ROAL Motorsport’s Tom Chilton closely behind the Citroën trio. And from there, an eventful opening race on the full GP circuit ensured the TC1 Cruzes were running at the sharp end of the field, again with all five finishing in the top ten.
Chilton excelled, securing a strong second place whilst ROAL teammate, Tom Coronel, took two points-scoring finishes – thus ensuring the Italian team took the 2014 Yokohama Teams’ Trophy honours.
To race two, and amidst the furore of José María López’s championship victory, Campos Racing’s Dušan Borkovic stole the show with his first podium finish in second place. In his rookie year, the Serbian driver put in a stellar performance to protect his maiden WTCC podium ceremony and delighted in the significance of the first ever World Championship podium by a Serbian driver.
Dušan Borkovic: “It is historic not just for me but for Serbia, I still can’t believe it, it feels like a dream. I had such a difficult season. I am a rookie so I should have improved over the course of the season but somehow after Marrakech I went down the cliff and started making too many mistakes and got too many bad results.”
“I tried to be more careful in qualifying this time; I knew I could have pushed more but I just wanted to get a clean lap in and take the car home. In the first race I was behind Tiago Monteiro’s Civic and I was quicker, so I decided to try to overtake him with about four laps to go. When I managed to do so, I was quick enough to close the gap to Tom Coronel who was a few seconds in front of me, so I knew there was pace in the car.”
“As for the second race, due to my lack of experience, all I was thinking of was trying to avoid all mistakes and keep the car on the black stuff. I was not interested in putting pressure on Gabriele Tarquini, as second was more than enough for me. I was a little slower than Norbert Michelisz, we made contact at the last chicane but it was just a racing incident.”