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