Andy Priaulx won a fragmented second World Touring Car race in Morocco today, having to survive just two racing laps from his reverse-grid pole position
The works BMW driver started from the front after finishing eighth in the day's earlier race and only had to hold his lead as far as the first corner before the first caution period.
A restart in the middle of the race lasted just one lap before another full course yellow, and the race finished with a NASCAR-style one-lap dash to the flag.
A pile-up in the tight pack at the start was triggered when Rob Huff's Chevrolet spun across the front of Fredy Barth's SEAT and into the wall. Darryl O'Young tried to take avoiding action in his Bamboo Engineering Chevy but collected his team-mate Harry Vaulkhard and then the BMW of Sergio Hernandez. Race one winner Gabriele Tarquini was also caught up in Huff's crash, but managed to escape with only superficial damage to his Leon TDi.
Alain Menu tried to pass Augusto Farfus into Turn 4 at the restart, driving around the outside of the BMW. But Farfus held his ground on the inside and the pair went into the next long left-hander side-by-side. There was contact between them and both cars veered straight on into the wall.
That accident was only cleaned up in time for the final lap, during which Priaulx held off Yvan Muller's Chevrolet - almost clipping the wall himself at Turn 4.
Tom Coronel completed the podium behind Muller, with his SEAT team-mates Tiago Monteiro, Fredy Barth and Tarquini behind. Local hero Mehdi Bennani was best placed of the independent runners in seventh.
Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Andy Priaulx BMW 13 laps/36m15.763s 2. Yvan Muller Chevrolet +0.837 3. Tom Coronel SEAT +1.228 4. Tiago Monteiro SEAT +1.464 5. Fredy Barth SEAT +1.949 6. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT +2.395 7. Michel Nykjaer SEAT +4.555 8. Jordi Gene SEAT +5.365 9. Mehdi Bennani BMW +5.916 10. Norbert Michelisz SEAT +6.109 11. Stefano D'Aste BMW +8.511 12. Franz Engstler BMW +8.940 13. Darryl O'Young Chevrolet +2 laps Not classified Augusto Farfus BMW 6 laps Alain Menu Chevrolet 6 laps Robert Huff Chevrolet 0 laps Sergio Hernandez BMW 0 laps Harry Vaulkhard Chevrolet 0 laps Fastest lap, Gene 1m47.894s
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