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Tarquini beats BMWs to race two win

Felix Porteiro, Gabriele Tarquini and Andy Priaulx on the Curitiba podiumSEAT's Gabriele Tarquini celebrated his 46th birthday by winning the second World Touring Car Championship race of the day at Curitiba.

The Italian took the lead from ROAL Motorsport BMW driver Felix Porteiro on the opening lap and held it to the end despite heavy pressure first from the Spaniard, and later from Andy Priaulx.

The defending world champion passed Porteiro with a late-braking move into the first corner on lap nine, but despite latching onto Tarquini's tail he was unable to improve on second place.

"If you'd said before the weekend we would be third in the championship after this weekend I would have ripped your hand off," said Priaulx. "It has been a difficult weekend, but we've worked hard and improved the car a lot."

Jorg Muller took fourth for Schnitzer Motorsport after a dramatic battle with race one winner Yvan Muller's SEAT Leon TDI, with teammate Augusto Farfus sixth ahead of Rickard Rydell (SEAT).

Tom Coronel had started the race in pole position behind the wheel of his SUNRED Leon TFSI, but dropped down the order at the start and eventually took ninth behind the fourth diesel SEAT of Jordi Gene.


Pos  Driver                Car                Time
 1.  Gabriele Tarquini     SEAT Leon TDI      20:06.577
 2.  Andy Priaulx          BMW 320si          +   0.327
 3.  Felix Porteiro        BMW 320si          +   1.202
 4.  Jorg Muller           BMW 320si          +   1.745
 5.  Yvan Muller           SEAT Leon TDI      +   5.045
 6.  Augusto Farfus        BMW 320si          +   5.360
 7.  Rickard Rydell        SEAT Leon TDI      +   6.306
 8.  Jordi Gene            SEAT Leon TDI      +   7.637
 9.  Tom Coronel           SEAT Leon          +  13.536
10.  Alain Menu            Chevrolet Lacetti  +  17.262
11.  Alessandro Zanardi    BMW 320si          +  17.693
12.  Nicola Larini         Chevrolet Lacetti  +  17.901
13.  Tiago Monteiro        SEAT Leon TDI      +  18.597
14.  Olivier Tielemans     BMW 320si          +  18.822
15.  Sergio Hernandez      BMW 320si          +  19.242
16.  Stefano D'Aste        BMW 320si          +  20.272
17.  Franz Engstler        BMW 320si          +  21.476
18.  Pierre-Yves Corthals  SEAT Leon          +  24.229
19.  Andrey Romanov        BMW 320si          +  41.445
20.  Ibrahim Okyay         BMW 320si          +1:06.433

Not classified:

     Driver                Car                Laps
     Robert Huff           Chevrolet Lacetti  0

Fastest laps: Farfus, 1:24.959, on lap six

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