Ray Mallock predicts “The Drivers’ Championship will go right down to the wire with three of the best Touring Car drivers in the world fighting for the title.”
Triple podium spot for Chevrolet and RML in Suzuka, Japan Yvan Muller and Rob Huff now tied 1st / 2nd in Drivers’ Championship with two events remaining
Teammate Alain Menu is the only other driver who can win the championship
Wellingborough, 22 October 2012: RML secured its third successive FIA World Touring Car Manufacturers Championship at Suzuka at the weekend with two rounds still remaining. The dominance of the RML-prepared Chevrolet Cruze’s in qualifying gained enough points to secure the title before the start of race one at the challenging Suzuka Circuit in Japan.
The confines of Japan’s Suzuka East Circuit were ideally suited to the RML-prepared Chevrolet Cruze’s and the all-star works driver line-up of Alain Menu, Yvan Muller and Rob Huff who went onto claim a 1-2-3 in race one.
The focus now shifts to the Drivers’ Championship with Yvan Muller and Rob Huff tied with 345 points in first and second, while third place Alain Menu gained enough points in Suzuka to maintain a shot at the championship.
Ray Mallock, Chief Executive, RML Group said: “The whole team at RML is both delighted and proud to have secured the Manufacturers’ Championship for Chevrolet. This third consecutive WTCC Championship underlines RML’s ability to manage all aspects of a race programme for a car brand to deliver multiple wins and multiple FIA World Championships.
“The focus now moves onto the Drivers’ Championship where the battle for the title will be fought within our team. In Yvan, Rob and Alain we have three of the best touring car drivers in the world. It’s going to be a fascinating contest that I believe will go right down to the wire.
“It is so tight that even a minute mistake from one of them will decide the title. As always, RML will be preparing absolutely equal equipment for China and all three drivers will of course be free to race for the title.”
Notes to Editor’s
RML’s winning history in Touring Cars
RML has been competing in Touring Car championships since 1992. In 1993 it was awarded an OEM works contract with Nissan Motorsport, Vauxhall in 1994 and Chevrolet in 2004.
1995: RML wins BTCC Drivers’ and Teams’ titles for Vauxhall
1998: RML wins BTCC Manufacturers’ and Teams’ titles for Nissan
1999: RML wins BTCC Manufacturers’, Teams’ and Drivers’ titles for Nissan
2010: RML Silverline Chevrolet Cruze wins BTCC Drivers’ title
2010: RML Chevrolet Cruze wins WTCC Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles
2011: RML Chevrolet Cruze retains WTCC Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles using the 1.6-litre turbocharged RML-designed Global Race Engine (GRE)
2012: RML won the WTCC Manufacturers’ Championship for Chevrolet and is set to claim the Drivers’ Championship
RML is one of the leading high performance automotive engineering companies in the world. RML specialises in delivering Touring Car, GT, Sports Prototype and Rallying programmes in major motorsport series for global automotive brands.
RML has won multiple World-Championships for our partners and has a winning pedigree in every series in which it has competed. RML applies this nimble and winning mindset to developing high performance road car derivatives and advanced automotive technology for OEMs.