Tiago Monteiro capitalised on a poor start by pole-sitter Alain Menu to win Sunday's second World Touring Car race at Valencia
The former grand prix driver started third and moved to the outside of front row starters Menu and Fredy Barth, while the fast-starting Andy Priaulx tried the inside. Monteiro settled into a comfortable lead from Barth, just as Menu and Priaulx collided behind.
Priaulx had dived inside Menu at Turn 3, only for Menu to bring his Cruze into the corner as normal, triggering contact and Menu spinning off. Priaulx was also delayed, which let Yvan Muller through to third.
Muller once again made the most of his opportunity to score and took second from Fredy Barth when the SEAT driver slithered wide with a right rear puncture.
Championship leader Muller's title rivals, Gabriele Tarquini and Andy Priaulx, had a scrap for fourth in the closing stages as Priaulx responded after being passed by Tarquini and Jordi Gene early in the race.
Rob Huff was a quiet sixth, with Michel Nykjaer, Augusto Farfus, Tom Coronel and Kristian Poulsen rounding out the top 10. Poulsen also claimed the honours in the independents' class.
Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 23m29.770s 2. Yvan Muller Chevrolet + 0.719s 3. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT + 3.455s 4. Andy Priaulx BMW + 3.785s 5. Jordi Gene SEAT + 4.183s 6. Rob Huff Chevrolet + 4.982s 7. Michel Nykjaer SEAT + 7.248s 8. Augusto Farfus BMW + 7.825s 9. Tom Coronel SEAT + 9.024s 10. Kristian Poulsen BMW + 10.125s 11. Alain Menu Chevrolet + 13.356s 12. Norbert Michelisz SEAT + 15.226s 13. Marc Carol SEAT + 15.789s 14. Franz Engstler BMW + 15.954s 15. Sergio Hernandez BMW + 18.716s 16. Mehdi Bennani BMW + 27.455s 17. Darryl O'Young Chevrolet + 29.011s 18. Yukinori Taniguchi Chevrolet + 32.972s 19. Andrey Romanov BMW + 33.636s Retirements: Fredy Barth SEAT 7 laps
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