The RML Chevrolet works team has completed its first pre-season test in readiness for Chevrolet completed its first pre-season test of the 2011 season at Valenciathe 2011 World Touring Car Championship season, with Rob Huff and Alain Menu clocking up over 1,000km between them at the wheel of the new 1.6-litre turbocharged Cruze.

The pair tested over two days at the Ricardo Tomo circuit at Valencia, pleasingly reporting no reliability concerns.

The pair concentrated on finding a base set-up to manage the new driveability characteristics with the turbo engine.

“It was very important for me to get some decent mileage under my belt, understand better how the new engine works and how to drive it. The balance of the car is different so we looked into different chassis set-up options, as you would normally do during winter testing,” Huff said at the completion of the test.

“I am glad the car reacts well to changes,” he added.

Chevrolet will head to Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya next week for more testing, where it will be joined by other WTCC outfits.

[Original image via FIA WTCC official site]

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