Muller had a good start to head the field into the first corner ahead of BMW Great Britain's Andy Priaulx, who claimed SEAT's Rickard Rydell after the Swede bogged down at the start.
Muller pulled away from the pack and stayed there, running a second a lap faster than his pursuers. Behind him fourth placed Alfa Romeo's Gabriele Tarquini and Augusto Farfus were split by Antonio Garcia, who was pushed for a number of laps by Farfus.
Farfus couldn't make the move stick, and eventually dropped off the back of the BMW. Dirk Muller and SEAT's Jordi Gene got by Farfus on the closing laps, who clearly had pole for the second race in mind as he fell backwards.
Priaulx pushed hard but was unable to get close to Jorg Muller, who was almost three seconds to the good when the chequered flag signaled the end of the sprint race.
WTCC Race One at Magny Cours (12 Laps):
Pos Driver Make Time Gap
1. Jorg Muller BMW 320i 22:19.545
2. Andy Priaulx BMW 320i 22:22.427 + 2.882
3. Rickard Rydell SEAT Toledo Cupra 22:26.798 + 7.253
4. Gabriele Tarquini Alfa Romeo 156 22:27.879 + 8.334
5. Antonio Garcia BMW 320i 22:29.444 + 9.899
6. Dirk Muller BMW 320i 22:32.457 +12.912
7. Jordi Gene SEAT Toledo Cupra 22:33.660 +14.115
8. Augusto Farfus Jr Alfa Romeo 156 22:35.212 +15.667
9. Peter Terting SEAT Toledo Cupra 22:38.998 +19.453
10. Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo 156 22:39.132 +19.587
11. James Thompson Alfa Romeo 156 22:43.536 +23.991
12. Roberto Colciago Honda Accord Euro 22:44.357 +24.812
13. Marc Hennerici BMW 320i 22:46.088 +26.543
14. Carl Rosenblad BMW 320i 22:47.605 +28.060
15. Alessandro Zanardi BMW 320i 22:54.737 +35.192
16. Valle Makela Seat Toledo Cupra 22:55.300 +35.755
17. Nicola Larini Chevrolet Lacetti 22:58.040 +38.495
18. Salvatore Tavano Alfa Romeo 156 23:01.189 +41.644
19. Robert Huff Chevrolet Lacetti 23:03.753 +44.208
20. Gianluca De Lorenzi BMW 320i 23:07.165 +47.620
21. Giuseppe Ciro BMW 320i 23:07.337 +47.792
22. Adriano De Micheli Honda Accord Euro 23:08.172 +48.627
23. Tom Coronel Seat Toledo Cupra 23:12.246 +52.701
24. Thomas Jager Ford Focus 23:18.731 +59.186
25. Stefano Valli BMW 320i 23:27.928 +68.383
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