ROAL Motorsport's Tom Chilton proved that his shock World Touring Car Championship pole at Beijing Goldenport was no fluke by converting his it into a superb first victory of 2014.
The Chevrolet driver's success is the first non-Citroen feature race win of the season, although fellow Cruze runner Gianni Morbidelli scored a reversed-grid victory at the Hungaroring in May.
Reigate driver Chilton executed a perfect start as third-qualifier Yvan Muller immediately jumped past front row man Gabriele Tarquini's JAS Honda.
Chilton was unfazed by the interruption of a lengthy safety-car period, and pulled away from his former team-mate Muller on the restart to extend a lead in excess of five seconds.
In the closing laps Chilton eased off to secure a comfortable 2.5s margin of victory over Citroen's title favourites Muller and Jose Maria Lopez.
It was a tough day for the factory JAS Hondas, which after displaying signs of a performance breakthrough on Saturday posted a double retirement.
Tarquini was forced to pit from second five laps from home, while team-mate Tiago Monteiro failed to progress beyond lap 14.
Former champion Tarquini's problems promoted points leader Lopez to the final step on the podium.
Morbidelli completed a strong but lonely run to take fourth, ahead of Sebastien Loeb, who dropped two places on lap 11 but battled up from seventh past Norbert Michelisz to finish fifth.
Chinese racer Ma Qing Hua was hot on Loeb's heels for a considerable portion of the race, before running through a gravel trap.
Moscow winner Ma's tumble down the order assisted a strong result from Lada's British pairing of James Thompson and Rob Huff who finished seventh and eighth.
The safety car was called on the second lap, when Munnich Motorsport's Rene Munnich and Dusan Borkovic tangled between Turns 10 and 11.
Munnich's car came to rest on the inside of the track, with the Campos machine of Borkovic facing in the wrong direction tight-in behind.
Heavy duty cranes removed the stricken cars, but the clear-up process took eight laps. The attrition elevated TC2 points leader Franz Engstler to 10th and the final point.
RESULTS - 28 LAPS:
|1||Tom Chilton||ROAL Motorsport||Chevrolet||35m44.890s|
|2||Yvan Muller||Citroen Total WTCC||Citroen||2.493s|
|3||Jose Maria Lopez||Citroen Total WTCC||Citroen||5.132s|
|4||Gianni Morbidelli||All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport||Chevrolet||10.473s|
|5||Sebastien Loeb||Citroen Total WTCC||Citroen||14.455s|
|6||Norbert Michelisz||Zengo Motorsport||Honda||17.238s|
|7||James Thompson||LADA Sport Lukoil||Lada||18.338s|
|8||Rob Huff||LADA Sport Lukoil||Lada||19.104s|
|9||Mehdi Bennani||Proteam Racing||Honda||37.966s|
|10||Franz Engstler||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||BMW||54.871s|
|11||Mikhail Kozlovskiy||LADA Sport Lukoil||Lada||1 Lap|
|12||Hugo Valente||Campos Racing||Chevrolet||1 Lap|
|13||John Filippi||Campos Racing||SEAT||2 Laps|
|14||Filipe Souza||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||BMW||3 Laps|
|15||Ma Qing Hua||Citroen Total WTCC||Citroen||4 Laps|
|16||Gabriele Tarquini||Castrol Honda WTC Team||Honda||4 Laps|
|17||Tom Coronel||ROAL Motorsport||Chevrolet||6 Laps|
|-||Tiago Monteiro||Castrol Honda WTC Team||Honda||Retirement|
|-||Dusan Borkovic||NIS Petrol by Campos Racing||Chevrolet||Retirement|
|-||Rene Munnich||All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport||Chevrolet||Retirement|
|-||Michael Soong||Campos Racing||SEAT||Withdrawn|
|1||Jose Maria Lopez||327|