Macau, Race 1: Muller cruises to victory

Monteiro keeps Huff at bay for second

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By Olivier Ferret

17 November 2013 - 04:35
Macau, Race 1: Muller cruises to (...)

Yvan Muller took another of his famous lights to flag victories. The 2013 World Champion took the lead from pole position and bid farewell to the rest of the field.

Behind him Tiago Monteiro defended his second place keeping at bay Rob Huff, despite the Briton’s car was faster on the straight.

Norbert Michelisz finished fourth ahead of the bamboo-engineering duo of Alex MacDowall – who won the Yokohama Trophy race – and James Nash who clinched the Yokohama Trophy title.

On the last lap Marc Basseng won the fight with Pepe Oriola for seventh; Yukinori Taniguchi finished on top of the Asia Trophy beating Michael Soong.

Key moments
Grid – Tarquini doesn’t line up as the team is working to change his engine
Start – Muller takes the lead from Monteiro and Huff
Lap 1 – Thompson pits with a turbo pipe failure
Lap 2 – Chilton spins and hits the barriers before the Maternity bend
Lap 3 – Oriola spins at the Solitude Esses but avoids crashing
Lap 4 – Boardman overtakes Coronel for tenth
Lap 5 – Valente hits the tyre wall at Lisboa bend
Lap 6 – Oriola, Basseng and D’Aste have a close fight for seventh place
Lap 6 – Basseng knocks on Oriola’s real bumper at Melco hairpin
Lap 7 – Calko spins and hits the barrier at Mandarin bend
Lap 8 – Basseng overtakes Oriola for seventh
Lap 9 – Muller wins, Monteiro keeps Huff at bay for second

Pos. Driver Car Time
1 Yvan MULLER Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 9 laps - 22m54.522s
2 Tiago MONTEIRO Honda Civic +1.265
3 Rob HUFF SEAT Leon WTCC +1.592
4 Norbert MICHELISZ Honda Civic +5.147
5 Alex MACDOWALL Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +7.096
6 James NASH Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +7.632
7 Marc BASSENG SEAT Leon WTCC +18.148
8 Pepe ORIOLA Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +20.345
9 Stefano D’ASTE BMW 320 TC +20.544
10 Tom BOARDMAN SEAT Leon WTCC +21.213
11 Tom CORONEL BMW 320 TC +21.806
12 Mehdi BENNANI BMW 320 TC +22.806
13 Darryl O’YOUNG BMW 320 TC +30.471
14 Franz ENGSTLER BMW 320 TC +32.905
15 Mikhail KOZLOVSKIY Lada Granta +40.394
16 René MUNNICH SEAT Leon WTCC +58.083
17 Yukinori TANIGUCHI Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +1:12.888
18 Michael SOONG SEAT Leon WTCC +1:13.961
19 Henry HO BMW 320 si +1:16.085
20 Filipe de SOUZA Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +1:18.107
21 Joseph ROSA-MERSZEI BMW 320 si +1:36.668
22 Kin Veng NG Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +1:44.616
23 Celio ALVES DIAS Chevrolet Lacetti +1:45.773
24 Enrico DE JESUS Honda Accord Type-R +1:46.315
25 Jeronimo BADARACO Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +1:55.988
26 Kam San LAM Chevrolet Lacetti +2:23.146
27 Ka Lok MAK BMW 320 si +2:25.450
28 Charles NG BMW 320 TC +1 lap
29 Konstantins CALKO SEAT Leon WTCC +2 laps
30 Hugo VALENTE SEAT Leon WTCC DNF
31 Tom CHILTON Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T DNF
32 James THOMPSON Lada Granta DNF
33 Gabriele TARQUINI Honda Civic DNS
34 Fredy BARTH BMW 320 TC DNS
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