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Curitiba, Race 2: Huff beats Menu and Tarquini

Norbert Michelisz won the Yokohama Trophy race


By Olivier Ferret

22 July 2012 - 22:52
Curitiba, Race 2: Huff beats Menu (...)

Rob Huff claimed a second victory for Chevrolet in the Brazilian weekend, but he had to fight hard to beat a raging Gabriele Tarquini who had managed to jump in the lead, keeping the Chevrolet guys at bay for a few laps.

Eventually Tarquini was forced to give up also the second place to Alain Menu, but he managed to salvage the last step of the podium ahead of Yvan Muller.

Norbert Michelisz won the Yokohama Trophy race finishing in fifth overall, but in the first part of the race the young Hungarian driver was able to stay in the lead, resisting a huge pressure from Tarquini.

Just like in the first race, the drivers fighting for the midfield positions delivered exciting battles. After finishing fifth in Race 1, Michel Nykjær claimed a sixth in the second race, beating Coronel, Bennani, Monteiro, Dudukalo and MacDowall.

Key moments
Start – Michelisz takes the lead from Coronel; O’Young starts from the pit lane
Lap 1 – Tarquini overtakes Coronel for second; Muller overtakes Menu for sixth
Lap 1 – Monteiro and Huff make contact while fighting for fourth
Lap 2 – Menu retakes sixth from Muller
Lap 2 – Coronel drops from third to seventh behind Monteiro, Huff, Menu and Muller
Lap 3 – Huff and Menu overtake Monteiro who drops to fifth
Lap 4 – Ng crashes at Turn 4; the safety car is deployed
Lap 6 – the race resumes
Lap 7 – Tarquini overtakes Michelisz for the lead
Lap 7 – Michelisz drops to fourth behind Huff, Menu and Muller
Lap 8 – Cerqui crashes into the pit wall after clashing with Dudukalo
Lap 11 – Huff overtakes Tarquini for the lead
Lap 13 – Menu overtakes Tarquini for second
Lap 14 – Nykjær and Coronel overtake Bennani moving up to sixth and seventh

F. Engstler: mechanical failure; C. Ng: race incident; A. Cerqui: race incident; D. O’Young: gearbox; P. Oriola: engine; T. Chilton: mechanical failure

Pos. Driver Car Time
1 Robert HUFF Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 16 laps - 23m49.750s
2 Alain MENU Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +1.099
3 Gabriele TARQUINI SEAT Leon WTCC +1.496
4 Yvan MULLER Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +1.758
5 Norbert MICHELISZ BMW 320 TC +4.958
6 Michel NYKJAER Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +12.849
7 Tom CORONEL BMW 320 TC +14.072
8 Mehdi BENNANI BMW 320 TC +14.477
9 Tiago MONTEIRO SR Leon 1.6T +15.506
10 Aleksei DUDUKALO SEAT Leon WTCC +16.263
11 Alex MACDOWALL Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +16.552
12 Tom BOARDMAN SEAT Leon WTCC +19.243
13 Stefano D’ASTE BMW 320 TC +19.785
14 Fernando MONJE SEAT Leon WTCC +26.411
15 James NASH Ford Focus S2000 TC +30.662
16 Tom CHILTON Ford Focus S2000 TC +1 lap
17 Pepe ORIOLA SEAT Leon WTCC +3 laps
18 Alberto CERQUI BMW 320 TC DNF
20 Charles NG BMW 320 TC DNF


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