Alfa Takes 1-2-3-4 in Race 1

Alfa Romeo dominated the first World Touring Car Championship race at Silverstone taking the top four positions

Alfa Takes 1-2-3-4 in Race 1

Gabriele Tarquini led the entire race from pole position, finishing ahead of teammates James Thompson, Fabrizio Giovanardi and Augusto Farfus Jr.

Despite being from the same team, the positions were hard fought. Thompson and Giovanardi collided at the end of the first lap and Farfus Jr had to work his way up from sixth on the grid.

BMW's Andy Priaulx finished fifth. The reigning Champion got away well off the grid and was up to second. However, the Alfas were able to drive past him easily on the straights thanks to the extra 20kg weight handicap officials have made rear-wheel drive cars carry from this race.

The SEATs were just as lively as the Alfas. Peter Terting finished fifth, with Rickard Rydell in sixth having collided with teammate and Championship new boy Jason Plato.

Plato finished eighth to take pole position for the second race. The first eight finishing positions are reversed for the race two grid.

Championship contenders Dirk and Jorg Muller finished ninth and tenth.

WTCC Round 5 - Silverstone (Race 1) Results:

CLASSIFIED:

Pos  Driver               Team                  Time/Gap
 1.  Gabriele Tarquini    Alfa Romeo Racing     20:35.654
 2.  James Thompson       Alfa Romeo Racing     +   1.287
 3.  Fabrizio Giovanardi  Alfa Romeo Racing     +   1.626
 4.  Augusto Farfus jr.   Alfa Romeo Racing     +   1.924
 5.  Andy Priaulx         BMW Team UK           +   4.386
 6.  Peter Terting        SEAT Sport            +   5.595
 7.  Rickard Rydell       SEAT Sport            +   6.019
 8.  Jason Plato          SEAT Sport            +  10.187
 9.  Jorg Muller          BMW Team Deutschland  +  11.611
10.  Dirk Muller          BMW Team Deutschland  +  12.170
11.  Jordi Gene           SEAT Sport            +  13.542
12.  Roberto Colciago     JAS Motorsport        +  17.103
13.  Robert Huff          Chevrolet             +  21.842
14.  Tom Coronel          GR Asia               +  22.195
15.  Antonio Garcia       BMW Team Italy-Spain  +  26.590
16.  Valle Makela         GR Asia               +  27.621
17.  Marc Hennerici       Wiechers-Sport        +  34.754
18.  Thomas Jager         Ford Hotfiel Sport    +  38.982
19.  Thomas Klenke        Ford Hotfiel Sport    +  39.293
20.  Adriano De Micheli   JAS Motorsport        +  39.547
21.  Carl Rosenblad       Crawford Racing       +  40.512
22.  Giuseppe Ciro        Proteam Motorsport    +  40.708
23.  Alessandro Zanardi   BMW Team Italy-Spain  +   1 lap

NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS:

     Driver               Team                On Lap
     Stefano D'Aste       Proteam Motorsport     5
     Nicola Larini        Chevrolet              1
     Alain Menu           Chevrolet              1

FASTEST LAP:

    Fabrizio Giovanardi  Alfa Romeo Racing  1:26.969 (lap 2)
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