Porto, Race 2: Controversial move gives Huff the win
Huff cut over the kerbs and jumpes into the lead
Rob Huff won the second race in Porto that was full of action and excited the Portuguese fans who were cheering for Tiago Monteiro on his run for a well deserved podium result.
The first two laps took the breath away, as WTCC comebacker Stefano D’Aste tried all his best – and even more – to keep the Chevrolet cars of Yvan Muller and Huff behind.
This did not last long and to add insult to injury D’Aste lost a possible podium position when he was given a drive through because the front wheels of his car were outside of the pole position grid box at the start.
Eventually Huff stole the lead from Muller with a risky manoeuvre that resulted in a tangle that the stewards judged as a normal race incident.
Monteiro won the battle for third place, managing to keep Norbert Michelisz – who claimed another victory in the Yokohama Trophy – and Tom Coronel at bay. The Portuguese racer also gave the first podium finish to the SUNRED 1.6L turbo car.
Start – D’Aste takes the lead from Muller and Huff
Lap 1 –Tarquini and Menu overtake Engstler, demoting him to ninth
Lap 2 – Muller tries to overtake D’Aste at the pit chicane; they clash and D’Aste keeps the lead
Lap 3 – D’Aste brushes the wall at T19, Muller takes advantage and steals the lead from him
Lap 4 – Huff overtakes D’Aste for second at T6
Lap 5 – D’Aste is shown the drive-through board for not being in the correct position at the start
Lap 7 – Menu overtakes Tarquini for seventh at T14
Lap 7 – D’Aste pits for the drive-through and drops from third to 13th
Lap 8 – Huff is on the tail of Muller’s car
Lap 9 – Huff tries to overtake Muller on the outside of a chicane; they have a contact, Huff cuts over the kerbs and jumps into the lead
Lap 11 – Bennani punts D’Aste straight at the pit chicane and steals 11th position from him
|01||R. Huff||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||11 laps - 23m24.533s|
|02||Y. Muller||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||+1.797s|
|03||T. Monteiro||SR Leon 1.6T||+8.728s|
|04||N. Michelisz||BMW 320 TC||+9.752s|
|05||T. Coronel||BMW 320 TC||+10.059s|
|06||A. Menu||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||+11.114s|
|07||G. Tarquini||SR Leon 1.6T||+12.849s|
|08||F. Engstler||BMW 320 TC||+19.474s|
|09||D. O’Young||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||+24.147s|
|10||F. Barth||SR Leon 1.6T||+25.787s|
|11||M. Bennani||BMW 320 TC||+28.161s|
|12||S. D’Aste||BMW 320 TC||+30.250s|
|13||M. Nykjaer||SR Leon 1.6T||+34.399s|
|14||A. Dudukalo||Seat Leon 2.0 TDI||+37.373s|
|15||P. Oriola||SR Leon 1.6T||+37.950s|
|16||Y. Taniguchi||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||+38.735s|
|17||R. Dahlgren||Volvo C30 Drive||+39.365s|
|18||J. Villa||BMW 320 TC||+41.084s|
|19||K. Poulsen||BMW 320 TC||+1m53.447s|
|Best lap||R. Huff||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||2:05.846|
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