Muller Wins Eventful Imola Race 2

Dirk Muller won an eventful second World Touring Car Championship race at Imola, holding off fellow BMW driver Andy Priaulx

Muller Wins Eventful Imola Race 2

Muller was hounded by the Brit, who ran off the circuit on the final lap in a last-gasp attempt at resting the lead from the German.

The result extended Muller's Championship lead to six points, ahead of Priaulx.

"I cannot believe it," Muller said. "We made a set up change between the first race and I had the perfect car to attack which suits my driving style. Zanardi was fighting hard for the lead but I came by and could control the field.

"In the first race I was behind Andy and I couldn't pass him, I was just hoping I could do the same to him in this race. And I did."

Priaulx remained happy, despite again failing to secure his first win of the season. He said: "Two podiums is the best result I could have hoped for this weekend. I should have won at Silverstone but the puncture ruined my race so in my mind I have won already this season.

"I'm ahead of where I expected to be at this stage of the Championship, so I hope I can lead it at the end of the year."

Race one winner Fabrizio Giovanardi lucked into the final podium position after a clash between BMW's Alex Zanardi and Alfa Romeo's Augusto Farfus Jr. on the last lap.

Zanardi, who had started on pole but had been passed by the BMWs, was successfully holding off Farfus in the closing stages. However, Farfus braked too late into the Curva Acque Minerali hitting Zanardi into a half spin and taking the pair of them off the circuit.

Richard Rydell took advantage to snatch fourth before Farfus Jr and Zanardi recovered to finish fifth and sixth respectively.

Alfa Romeo's James Thompson looked like he would be Zanardi's main rival, running fourth with five laps to go. However SEAT's Rickard Rydell slipped inside at the final chicane and Thompson's former BTCC rival Jason Plato tried to follow through. However, Plato hit Thompson into a spin.

The move allowed Plato's SEAT teammate Peter Terting through to an eventual seventh. Plato finished eighth.

CLASSIFIED: Pos Driver Make Time 1. Dirk Muller BMW 320i 22:17.549 2. Andy Priaulx BMW 320i + 2.027 3. Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo 156 + 5.822 4. Rickard Rydell SEAT Toledo Cupra + 6.786 5. Augusto Farfus Jr. Alfa Romeo 156 + 8.795 6. Alessandro Zanardi BMW 320i + 10.447 7. Peter Terting SEAT Toledo Cupra + 10.713 8. Jason Plato SEAT Toledo Cupra + 11.135 9. Antonio Garcia BMW 320i + 12.115 10. Gabriele Tarquini Alfa Romeo 156 + 12.446 11. Nicola Larini Chevrolet Lacetti + 15.633 12. Jorg Muller BMW 320i + 15.805 13. Alessandro Balzan SEAT Toledo Cupra + 17.503 14. Jordi Gene SEAT Toledo Cupra + 20.370 15. Alain Menu Chevrolet Lacetti + 23.138 16. Stefano D'aste BMW 320i + 34.187 17. Thomas Klenke Ford Focus + 35.640 18. Gianluca De Lorenzi BMW 320i + 39.018 19. Carlos Mastretta Seat Toledo Cupra + 40.000 20. Thomas Jager Ford Focus + 44.651 21. Salvatore Tavano Alfa Romeo 156 +2:13.246 22. James Thompson Alfa Romeo 156 + 1 Lap 23. Andrea Larini Alfa Romeo 156 + 3 Laps NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Driver Make On Lap Roberto Colciago Honda Accord Euro 4 Carl Rosenblad BMW 320i 4 Tom Coronel Seat Toledo Cupra 4 Stefano Valli BMW 320i 0 Robert Huff Chevrolet Lacetti 0 Marc Hennerici BMW 320i 0 Fastest Lap: Giovanardi, 2:00.625, on lap 2 
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