Race 1 - Huff gives Chevrolet manufacturers’ title in Macau
Huff claimed victory in the first race
Rob Huff claimed victory in the first race in Macau today ahead of the 2010 World Champion Yvan Muller, securing the Manufacturers’ Championship for Chevrolet. SR-Sport’s Tiago Monteiro completed the podium.
Norbert Michelisz won the Rookies race, his fourth place finish combined with rival Darryl O’Young’s retirement confirming the Hungarian as winner of the 2010 Rookie Challenge.
Kristian Poulsen was best independent in eighth giving him pole position for Race 2.
As the cars came through on the rolling start they got as far as the Resevoir bend before André Couto and Andy Priaulx clashed with Michel Nykjaer also getting caught up in the action. Couto and Nykjaer were out the race but Priaulx made it back to the pits with damage to the front-right of his BMW 320si. Darryl O’Young lost part of his front bumper but remained in the leading pack. Alain Menu ran wide from third hitting the barrier at Lisboa but continued down in 15th. The safety car was then deployed with the order behind now Huff leading from Muller, Monteiro, Farfus, Tarquini, Michelisz, O’Young, Barth and Coronel.
On lap five racing resumed but as O’Young got a tap from Coronel behind his spun across the track collecting Fredy Barth with both ending in the wall at Lisboa Bend. O’Young’s retirement gave Kristian Poulsen the lead in the Independents in eighth ahead of Mehdi Bennani in ninth and Franz Engstler in 11th.
The BMW Team RBM mechanics did some quick repairs to get Priaulx back out for the remainder of the race. Joseph Rosa Merszei spun at the Melco hairpin in his BMW while Huff continued to pull out a gap in the lead.
On lap nine Michelisz and Coronel began putting pressure on Farfus for fifth with the pair eventually finding a way through just before the safety car was deployed for a second time. Henry Ho had parked his BMW 320si by the wall in the Solitude Esses and as the marshals worked to recover the car the race finished under yellows.
Coronel was awarded a drive-through penalty for the incident with O’Young dropping him to 12th.
Huff crossed the line to take his third victory of the season ahead of the Muller, securing the Manufacturers Championship for Chevrolet. SR-Sports Tiago Monteiro completed the podium. Tarquini was fourth ahead of Michelisz.
Augusto Farfus was sixth with Alain Menu seventh for Chevrolet making a fantastic recovery after dropping back to 15th on the first lap to get a front row start Race 2.
Kristian Poulsen was the best independents in eighth, also claiming pole for final race of the season.
|01||R. Huff||Chevrolet Cruze||11 laps - 35m34.840s|
|02||Y. Muller||Chevrolet Cruze||+0.366s|
|03||T. Monteiro||Seat Leon TDI||+0.631s|
|04||G. Tarquini||Seat Leon TDI||+0.909s|
|05||N. Michelisz||Seat Leon TDI||+1.306s|
|06||A. Farfus||BMW 320si||+1.967s|
|07||A. Menu||Chevrolet Cruze||+2.564s|
|08||K. Poulsen||BMW 320si||+2.823s|
|09||F. Engstler||BMW 320si||+3.503s|
|10||M. Bennani||BMW 320si||+3.998s|
|11||S. Hernandez||BMW 320si||+4.614s|
|12||T. Coronel||Seat Leon TDI||+4.770s|
|13||Y. Taniguchi||Chevrolet Lacetti||+8.465s|
|14||C. Campanico||BMW 320si||+8.961s|
|16||A. Romanov||BMW 320si||+9.439s|
|16||N. Taniguchi||BMW 320si||+13.059s|
|17||K. Chen||BMW 320si||+24.421s|
|18||P. Ma||Honda Accord||+26.043s|
|19||J. Merszei||BMW 320si||+27.592s|
|20||M. Kano||BMW 320si||+1 lap|
|21||H. Ho||BMW 320si||+ 3 laps|
|22||A. Priaulx||BMW 320si||+ 4 laps|
|23||D. O’Young||Chevrolet Lacetti||DNF|
|24||F. Barth||Seat Leon TDI||DNF|
|25||C. Turkington||BMW 320si||DNF|
|26||M. Nykjaer||Seat Leon TDI||DNF|
|27||A. Couto||Seat Leon TDI||DNF|
|Best Lap||R. Huff||Chevrolet Cruze||2m33.560s|
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