Yvan Muller completed another successful weekend for Chevrolet by taking victory in the second World Touring Car Championship race at Brno
Having topped every session ahead of both races this weekend, Muller lost out to team-mate Rob Huff in race one, so was delighted to take the race two chequered flag over four seconds ahead of his nearest rivals. The win is the Muller's second of the season following his victorious second race at Hungaroring.
"I feel better!" the reigning WTCC champion told AUTOSPORT. "I would have been very disappointed to go home without victory here after our performance this weekend. I have scored more points than anybody else so, yeah, I'm very pleased with the weekend."
Muller made a terrific start from eighth on the grid to be running third at the start of lap two, having squeezed past Chevrolet team-mate Alain Menu on the run down to turn five.
Up ahead, Tom Coronel made a similarly good start from the outside of the front row in his ROAL Motorsport BMW to lead polesitter Michel Nykjaer into the first corner. Coronel soon had his mirrors full of the Chevrolet, however, when Muller dived past Nykjaer's SEAT at Turn 8. The race winner eventually denied Coronel his second WTCC victory at the same corner two laps later.
Coronel then took up a terrific scrap for second place with Menu and championship leader Huff. After surviving contact with Menu, the Dutchman produced a typically fighting drive to hold the two Cruzes at bay to finish second. A happy Menu collected his second podium finish of the weekend in third place.
Huff ended a solid weekend in fourth place, while Nykjaer finished just four tenths of a second further back in fifth.
SUNRED's Gabriele Tarquini - who ran as high as fourth early on - came home sixth on his first weekend running SEAT's new 1.6-litre turbo engine. The 2009 champion battled hard over the position with Kristian Poulsen in the latter stages before contact between the two sent Poulsen into the gravel trap at Turn 5. The Engstler driver recovered to finish eighth, just behind the similar BMW of Proteam's Javier Villa.
Robert Dahlgren (Polestar Volvo) improved on his 10th row starting position to finish ninth, while Proteam Racing's Mehdi Bennani scored a point with a solid drive to 10th.
Results - 10 laps:Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 22m08.247s 2. Tom Coronel ROAL BMW + 4.183s 3. Alain Menu Chevrolet + 4.415s 4. Rob Huff Chevrolet + 5.033s 5. Michel Nykjaer SUNRED SEAT + 8.450s 6. Gabriele Tarquini SUNRED SEAT + 9.118s 7. Javier Villa Proteam BMW + 9.381s 8. Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW + 11.383s 9. Robert Dahlgren Polestar Volvo + 11.627s 10. Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW + 11.988s 11. Norbert Michelisz Zengo Dension BMW + 12.517s 12. Pepe Oriola SUNRED SEAT + 19.966s 13. Tiago Monteiro SUNRED SEAT + 21.209s 14. Aleksei Dudukalo SUNRED SEAT + 22.252s 15. Yukinori Taniguchi Bamboo Chevrolet + 24.809s Retirements: Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT 7 laps Darryl O'Young Bamboo Chevrolet 5 laps Franz Engstler Engstler BMW 1 laps Urs Sonderegger Wiechers BMW 0 laps
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