Yvan Muller takes double WTCC win at Donington Park in chaotic race

Yvan Muller completed a clean sweep of pole position and two wins in the Wold Touring Car Championship at Donington Park, although his race two victory remains provisional due to an incident that is among several being reviewed by the stewards

Yvan Muller takes double WTCC win at Donington Park in chaotic race

Muller started 10th and took advantage of the standard reversed-grid race chaos to make quick progress through the field.

He claimed the lead from Gabriele Tarquini on lap five, but had gained a place along the way by tagging his Chevrolet team-mate Robb Huff into a half-spin at Goddard's. Huff survived and went on to finish second, but the clash is under investigation.

Independent BMW driver Franz Engstler took his maiden WTCC podium finish in third; his result being earned partly through a great drive and partly through avoiding the chaos around him.

Much of the drama tended to happen within the vicinity of Tarquini, who was involved in the accident that accounted for his SUNRED SEAT stablemates Michel Nykjaer and Tiago Monteiro early on, and then a later incident between Alain Menu's Chevrolet and Javier Villa's Proteam BMW. That clash, which left Villa with a puncture, is also being investigated.

Polesitter Tom Coronel (ROAL BMW) ended up fourth ahead of Menu, who spent the latter part of the race having to defend himself against the Polestar Volvo of Robert Dahlgren.

Former British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington finished 10th; the Wiechers-Sport BMW driver's progress having been interrupted by a spin at the Melbourne Hairpin on the second lap.

Results - 13 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Yvan Muller Chevrolet 21m33.182s 2. Rob Huff Chevrolet + 0.957s 3. Franz Engstler Engstler BMW + 3.676s 4. Tom Coronel ROAL BMW + 4.826s 5. Alain Menu Chevrolet + 8.392s 6. Robert Dahlgren Polestar Volvo + 9.016s 7. Gabriele Tarquini SUNRED SEAT + 11.587s 8. Darryl O'Young Bamboo Chevrolet + 13.031s 9. Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW + 13.959s 10. Colin Turkington Wiechers BMW + 14.662s 11. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT + 19.693s 12. Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW + 24.802s 13. Yukinori Taniguchi Bamboo Chevrolet + 31.646s 14. Aleksei Dudukalo SUNRED SEAT + 33.495s 15. Pepe Oriola SUNRED SEAT + 1m26.671s 16. Fabio Fabiani Proteam BMW + 1m43.775s 17. Javier Villa Proteam BMW + 1 lap Retirements: Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW 9 laps Tiago Monteiro SUNRED SEAT 1 lap Michel Nykjaer SUNRED SEAT 0 laps 
shares
comments
Yvan Muller beats Rob Huff in first World Touring Car race at Donington Park
Previous article

Yvan Muller beats Rob Huff in first World Touring Car race at Donington Park

Next article

Rankings: Yvan Muller climbs into top 60 after Donington WTCC double

Rankings: Yvan Muller climbs into top 60 after Donington WTCC double
Load comments
Why joker laps are entering the mainstream Plus

Why joker laps are entering the mainstream

This season the World Touring Car Championship looks certain to bring joker laps to a circuit-racing world championship for the first time. And it need not be the daft gimmick people may think

WTCC
Apr 6, 2017
The making of the world's best tin-top driver Plus

The making of the world's best tin-top driver

He has been overshadowed at Citroen for the last three seasons, but the retirement of Yvan Muller means the world says farewell to one of touring-car racing's finest talents

WTCC
Sep 26, 2016
Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC Plus

Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC

Volvo gave the World Touring Car Championship a major boost when it announced it would enter the series, but its ambitions don't stop there. JACK COZENS examines its programme, the S60 and what its arrival means for the WTCC

WTCC
Jan 18, 2016
The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off Plus

The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off

A 17-car field on a 13-mile track - the WTCC's Nurburgring Nordschleife gamble wasn't going to be easy to pull off. STUART CODLING explains how the series made it work

WTCC
May 20, 2015
Insight from a Nordschleife master Plus

Insight from a Nordschleife master

World championship racing returns to the Nordschleife this weekend. STUART CODLING got a lesson from one of the legendary track's few masters

WTCC
May 15, 2015
Becoming world champion for £100k Plus

Becoming world champion for £100k

The 2012 World Touring Car champion says he never had the money to race cars. Yet 2015 is his 11th season in the WTCC. He talks STUART CODLING through his journey from motorsport fan to paid professional - for little more than £100,000

WTCC
Mar 23, 2015
Can the vanquished champion bounce back? Plus

Can the vanquished champion bounce back?

The World Touring Car Championship kicks off in Argentina this weekend, and Yvan Muller bids to reclaim his throne from Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez. He talks to STUART CODLING

WTCC
Mar 6, 2015
The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014 Plus

The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014

Citroen had no rivals during the 2014 World Touring Car Championship, and 'rookie' Jose Maria Lopez hit the ground running to emerge as a worthy champion. PETER MILLS rates the field

WTCC
Dec 3, 2014