Donington - Race 1: Muller wins from Huff and Menu
The trio of blue cars took command from the start
Chevrolet drivers Yvan Muller, Rob Huff and Alain Menu finished one-two-three once again, in the same order they qualified on Saturday.
The trio of blue cars took command from the start and created a gap, leaving the rest of the field to fight for the positions from fourth downwards.
Tom Coronel won the duel with Gabriele Tarquini and claimed fourth position, while Franz Engstler finished sixth and won the Yokohama Trophy.
Robert Dahlgren and Colin Turkington had reasons to regret for being classified eighth and tenth respectively.
The Swede was quickly elbowing his way up from the 19th starting position, but his efforts were frustrated by a clash with Kristian Poulsen. The pace of his Volvo was impressive and with a better qualifying he could have fought with Coronel and Tarquini.
As for Turkington, his hopes for a brilliant result vanished after only three corners, when he went on the grass and lost several places.
Start – Muller sprints from pole position and takes the lead, from Huff and Menu
Lap 1 – Tarquini jumps to second as Turkington cuts onto the grass at Craner and rejoins at Starkeys Bridge dropping to 10th
Lap 2 – Nykjær overtakes Poulsen for seventh
Lap 3 – Dahlgren overtakes Turkington for ninth
Lap 4 – Coronel overtakes Tarquini for fourth
Lap 5 – Nykjær, Poulsen, Dahlgren, Turkington and O’Young have a close fight for seventh
Lap 6 – Dahlgren and Poulsen make contact, with the Volvo climbing on the BMW’s tail
Lap 6 – Michelisz spins at Melbourne
Lap 7 – O’Young and Bennani have a clash
Lap 8 – Bennani overtakes Barth for tenth
Lap 10 – it starts to rain; Taniguchi spins at the Fogarty esses
Lap 12 – Bennani and Barth make contact at Goddards, Bennani spins and drops to 14th
Lap 13 – Huff cuts the Fogarty esses while chasing Muller
Lap 13 – Dahlgren overtakes Poulsen for eighth
T. Monteiro: broken suspension; N. Michelisz: steering wheel.
|01||Y. Muller||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||13 laps - 21m21.521|
|02||R. Huff||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||+1.136s|
|03||A. Menu||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||+3.903s|
|04||T. Coronel||BMW 320 TC||+8.708s|
|05||G. Tarquini||SR Leon 1.6T||+9.299s|
|06||F. Engstler||BMW 320 TC||+14.186s|
|07||M. Nykjaer||SR Leon 1.6T||+18.974s|
|08||R. Dahlgren||Volvo C30 Drive||+19.191s|
|09||K. Poulsen||BMW 320 TC||+20.536s|
|10||C. Turkington||BMW 320 TC||+28.804s|
|11||D. O’Young||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||+29.831s|
|12||P. Oriola||SR Leon 1.6T||+29.966s|
|13||F. Barth||SR Leon 1.6T||+34.093s|
|14||M. Bennani||BMW 320 TC||+34.526s|
|15||A. Dudukalo||SR Leon 1.6T||+39.419s|
|16||Y. Taniguchi||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||+1m07.938s|
|17||F. Fabiani||BMW 320si||+1 lap|
|18||J. Villa||BMW 320 TC||+1 lap|
|19||N. Michelisz||BMW 320 TC||+6 laps|
|20||T. Monteiro||SR Leon 1.6T||DNF|
|Best lap||R. Huff||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1:37.380|
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