Yvan Muller grabs race two win as BMW challenge self-destructs

Chevrolet's Yvan Muller took perhaps the most opportunistic victory of his illustrious tin-top career when he won the second race at Valencia in Spain on Sunday to extend his points lead in the World Touring Car Championship

Yvan Muller grabs race two win as BMW challenge self-destructs

The win had looked destined to be claimed by a BMW driver, as although Franz Engstler stalled from pole position, Tom Coronel led a marque 1-2-3 from Javier Villa and Norbert Michelisz.

But with four laps to go, their party was crashed by Muller. Villa sparked the calamity, by nudging Coronel under braking for Turn 2 on lap nine. Villa nipped ahead of Coronel on the exit, but as they raced through the left-hand kink of Turn 3, Coronel's car rode up Villa's left-rear wheelarch and then hit him again, spinning him out.

As Michelisz dithered, Muller struck - diving down his inside to grab the most unlikely of leads, which he converted into victory. Michelisz wasn't done yet, however, and as Muller ran out of grip from his tyres in the latter stages, he fought back onto his tail.

But it was Rob Huff (Chevy) who would grab second, diving down the inside of Michelisz at the final corner. As the Hungarian tried to switchback he spun, dropping to sixth.

Muller won by less than half a second from Huff, with Alain Menu making it a Chevrolet 1-2-3. Coronel finished fourth, ahead of Gabriele Tarquini (whose Sunred SEAT squad solved the electrical issue that forced him out of race one) and Kristian Poulsen (BMW).

The result ensured Chevrolet the WTCC Manufacturers' Championship title, and Muller now leads Huff by 16 points with three flyaway rounds remaining in the Far East.

Results - 13 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 23m14.296s 2. Rob Huff Chevrolet + 0.434s 3. Alain Menu Chevrolet + 1.143s 4. Tom Coronel ROAL BMW + 2.184s 5. Gabriele Tarquini SUNRED SEAT + 2.966s 6. Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW + 5.560s 7. Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW + 9.201s 8. Pepe Oriola SUNRED SEAT + 15.651s 9. Robert Dahlgren Polestar Volvo + 17.952s 10. Franz Engstler Engstler BMW + 19.055s 11. Stefano D'Aste Wiechers BMW + 22.493s 12. Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW + 24.806s 13. David Sigacev KK BMW + 29.091s 14. Darryl O'Young  Bamboo Chevrolet + 30.030s 15. Michel Nykjaer SUNRED SEAT + 30.488s 16. Yukinori Taniguchi Bamboo Chevrolet + 40.370s 17. Fabio Fabiani Proteam BMW + 1m41.824s 18. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT + 2 laps 19. Javier Villa Proteam BMW + 4 laps Retirements: Aleksei Dudukalo SUNRED SEAT 4 laps Tiago Monteiro SUNRED SEAT 1 lap
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