Shanghai WTCC: Yvan Muller beats Gabriele Tarquini to win race two

Yvan Muller claimed victory for Citroen in the final race World Touring Car Championship race at Shanghai, denying Honda's Gabriele Tarquini

Shanghai WTCC: Yvan Muller beats Gabriele Tarquini to win race two

Muller made a good start to get in front of team-mate and championship leader Jose Maria Lopez from the line as he chased down Tarquini - who claimed the lead after a wheel-to-wheel battle with polesitter Hugo Valente.

Valente sustained damage to his rear suspension as a result of his first lap tussle with Tarquini and was forced to retire.

Muller made his move on leader Tarquini on lap nine of 15, executing a clean and easy overtake on the Italian.

He then pulled away to form a three-second lead as Tarquini came under pressure from Lopez and Sebastian Loeb.

Despite the best efforts of a charging Lopez, he could find no way past Tarquini to take second and ultimately it was a photo finish across the line. Loeb ended his race in fourth.

There was a poor start for the Lada team, with its Shanghai pacesetter Nicky Catsburg eventually retiring with undisclosed mechanical problems.

Rob Huff managed to fight his way up to finish a strong fifth despite sustaining damage in an accident in race one.

The same accident meant neither ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet of Tom Chilton or Tom Coronel could get out for race two.

Mechanical issues for home favourite Ma Qing Hua in race one left question marks over his participation too, but he did manage to get out and ended the weekend with an eighth position.

RESULTS - 14 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Yvan Muller Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 26m36.942s
2 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 2.659s
3 Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 2.684s
4 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 6.079s
5 Rob Huff LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 8.366s
6 Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 11.224s
7 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 14.339s
8 Ma Qinghua Citroen Total WTCC Citroen 15.378s
9 Nicolas Lapierre LADA Sport Rosneft Lada 24.968s
10 John Filippi Campos Racing Chevrolet 27.357s
11 Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda 28.270s
12 Gregoire Demoustier Craft-Bamboo Racing Chevrolet 28.654s
13 Stefano D'Aste All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Chevrolet 3 Laps
- Nicky Catsburg LADA Sport Rosneft Lada Retirement
- Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet Retirement
- Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Not started
- Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Not started

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Jose Maria Lopez 396
2 Yvan Muller 321
3 Sebastien Loeb 282
4 Ma Qinghua 178
5 Norbert Michelisz 172
6 Gabriele Tarquini 171
7 Tiago Monteiro 165
8 Hugo Valente 95
9 Rob Huff 87
10 Tom Chilton 84
11 Mehdi Bennani 76
12 Tom Coronel 39
13 Nicky Catsburg 38
14 Stefano D'Aste 20
15 Jaap van Lagen 16
16 James Thompson 6
17 Nicolas Lapierre 6
18 John Filippi 6
19 Nestor Girolami 5
20 Rickard Rydell 4
21 Gregoire Demoustier 2
22 Sabine Schmitz 1

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