Donington 2: Muller closes on title

Yvan Muller virtually assured himself of this year's British Touring Car Championship by taking victory in the second of today's (Sunday's) races at Donington Park. The Frenchman leads Vauxhall team-mate James Thompson by 29 points in the standings, with a maximum haul of 35 points available in the final round at Oulton Park

Donington 2: Muller closes on title

The Vauxhall ace took the lead from the start, as he, Thompson and Warren Hughes outdragged pole-sitter Matt Neal into the first corner. Neal then had a coming together with Hughes, with Alan Morrison spinning off in sympathy. This, combined with some Production class shenanigans, was enough to bring out the safety car.

From the restart Muller and Thompson pulled away from the field. Muller extended his advantage over his team-mate at the pit stop, before stretching out a comfortable victory margin.

Thompson then found himself under pressure from a charging Colin Turkington, taking full advantage of running without success ballast. The pair swapped positions several times over the closing laps, with the MG ace eventually emerging ahead.

Paul O'Neill finished fourth, ahead of Morrison and Tom Chilton. Carl Breeze was the leading Independent runner.

One title that was settled today came in the Production Class, with second place enough for Luke Hines to guarantee himself the crown. Tom Boardman took the victory, after a charging drive from the back of the grid.

Yvan Muller (Vauxhall) 33m08.517s
Colin Turkington (MG) +4.056s
James Thompson (Vauxhall) +4.301s
Paul O'Neill (Vauxhall) +11.332s
Alan Morrison (Honda) +11.432s
Tom Chilton (Honda) +11.793s

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