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Curitiba, Race 1: Chevrolet trio cruises to victory

The seventh victory of the season for Muller

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By Olivier Ferret

22 July 2012 - 20:51
Curitiba, Race 1: Chevrolet trio (...)

The three Chevrolet Cruze cars of Yvan Muller, Alain Menu and Rob Huff cruised for the whole race to claim another 1-2-3 finish. The seventh victory of the season for Muller who further stretched his championship leadership.

The trio of Chevrolet factory drivers finished in the same order as they had started. Only Huff, third on the grid, had to face a difficult moment at the start, when he rejected Gabriele Tarquini’s attempt to spoil the Chevy party.

Afterwards, Muller, Menu and Huff paraded until the chequered flag, while Tarquini had to be contented with a fourth place ahead of two other Chevrolet cars, those run by bamboo-engineering. Michel Nykjær celebrated his WTCC comeback with a fifth place that was also worth victory in the Yokohama Trophy, ahead of his team-mate Alex MacDowall.

Most of the action happened between the mid-fielders, with fierce battles involving the likes of Michelisz, Oriola, Boardman, Engstler, D’Aste and Bennani.

Key moments
Start – Muller takes a better start, in vain Tarquini tries to squeeze among the Chevrolet cars
Lap 2 – Monteiro and Cerqui make contact at Turn 6 and retire
Lap 4 – Oriola overtakes Michelisz for ninth
Lap 5 – Oriola and Michelisz clash at Turn 1
Lap 6 – Boardman, Bennani, D’Aste and Engstler have a fierce fight for 13th position
Lap 9 – Michelisz overtakes Oriola for ninth
Lap 10 – Boardman and Bennani make contact
Lap 11 – Engstler overtakes D’Aste for 15th
Lap 12 – Boardman is given a drive through for the incident with Bennani
Lap 14 – D’Aste and Engstler make contact, D’Aste moves up to 15th

Withdrawals
T. Monteiro: race incident; A. Cerqui: race incident

Pos. Driver Car Time
1 Yvan MULLER Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 15 laps - 22m05.549s
2 Alain MENU Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +0.398
3 Robert HUFF Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +0.933
4 Gabriele TARQUINI SEAT Leon WTCC +2.767
5 Michel NYKJAER Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +5.656
6 Alex MACDOWALL Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +6.639
7 Darryl O’YOUNG SEAT Leon WTCC +13.850
8 Tom CORONEL BMW 320 TC +15.552
9 Norbert MICHELISZ BMW 320 TC +15.721
10 Pepe ORIOLA SEAT Leon WTCC +16.613
11 Fernando MONJE SEAT Leon WTCC +19.896
12 Aleksei DUDUKALO SEAT Leon WTCC +20.552
13 Mehdi BENNANI BMW 320 TC +29.405
14 Charles NG BMW 320 TC +31.621
15 James NASH Ford Focus S2000 TC +35.093
16 Tom CHILTON Ford Focus S2000 TC +35.411
17 Franz ENGSTLER BMW 320 TC +38.976
18 Stefano D’ASTE BMW 320 TC +61.675
19 Tom BOARDMAN SEAT Leon WTCC +2 laps
20 Alberto CERQUI BMW 320 TC DNF
21 Tiago MONTEIRO SR Leon 1.6T DNF

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