Monza - Race 2: Chevrolet claim 1-2-3 finish!

Muller spins and wins in race two


By Franck Drui

11 March 2012 - 18:54
Monza - Race 2: Chevrolet claim (...)

Following the team’s 1-2 in Race 1, Chevrolet Cruze cars took all three of the podium places in Race 2 with the reigning WTCC Drivers’ Champion Yvan Muller securing his second win from as many races.

New for 2012, the starting grid for Race 2 was a reversal of the top 10 from the Q2 session and so it was the BMW 320 TC of Norbert Michelisz that started from pole position. It wasn’t until lap 7 that the lead changed hands, with Michelisz’s challenge fading to eventually leave him in eighth place at the chequered flag.

Any hope of another podium finish for Gabriele Tarquini in the Lukoil Racing Team SEAT León ended at the first corner of lap 2, when a four-car clash saw Robert Huff send Muller straight on at the chicane and Tarquini - the only casualty - parked up.

The fight amongst the Yokohama Trophy competitors was just as keen with Michelisz, Alex MacDowall, Stefano D’Aste and Franz Engstler scrapping throughout the race. In the end, it was the Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 of D’Aste that took maximum points, with Engstler’s BMW and the Chevrolet Cruze of MacDowall both finishing within a second or so of D’Aste.

Key moments
Start - Michelisz is first into the chicane; Rydell takes a bad start
Lap 1 - Menu has contact with D’Aste
Lap 2 - Huff hits Muller; the three Chevrolets and Tarquini spin at the first chicane
Lap 2 - Tarquini retires following the incident
Lap 4 - D’Aste passes MacDowall for third at the first chicane.
Lap 4 - Muller, Menu and Huff overtake MacDowall
Lap 4 - Muller overtakes D’Aste to take third
Lap 5 - Menu overtakes D’Aste to take fourth
Lap 6 - Muller passes Coronel to take second
Lap 7 - Coronel re-takes second place from Muller at the chicane
Lap 7 - Menu makes contact with Muller at the second chicane
Lap 7 - Muller re-takes second place from Coronel, then passes Michelisz for the lead
Lap 7 - Michelisz drops back, being passed by Menu, Coronel and Huff
Lap 8 - MacDowall makes contact with Michelisz and drops two places
Lap 9 - Huff passes Coronel to take third place

A. Dudukalo: DNS; C. Ng: race incident; G. Tarquini: race incident.

Pos. Driver Car Time
1 Yvan MULLER Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 10 laps - 20m07.643s
2 Alain MENU Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +0.307
3 Robert HUFF Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +0.613
4 Tom CORONEL BMW 320 TC +0.993
5 Stefano D’ASTE BMW 320 TC +6.125
6 Franz ENGSTLER BMW 320 TC +6.705
7 Alex MACDOWALL Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +7.247
8 Norbert MICHELISZ BMW 320 TC +10.238
9 Alberto CERQUI BMW 320 TC +12.663
10 Rickard RYDELL Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +14.066
11 Gabor WEBER BMW 320 TC +14.202
12 Pepe ORIOLA SEAT Leon WTCC +14.575
13 James NASH Ford Focus S2000 TC +18.279
14 Mehdi BENNANI BMW 320 TC +18.775
15 Andrea BARLESI SEAT Leon TDi +24.880
16 Tom CHILTON Ford Focus S2000 TC +25.586
17 Isaac TUTUMLU BMW 320 TC +35.129
18 Tiago MONTEIRO SEAT Leon TDi +1 lap
19 Pasquale DI SABATINO Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T +2 laps
21 Charles NG BMW 320 TC DNF


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