Slovakia Ring, Race 1: Muller dominates race one
Muller takes first WTCC triumph of the day
Yvan Muller has won the opening WTCC Race of Slovakia following a dominant lights-to-flag performance in his Citroën C-Elysée WTCC.
The Frenchman, a four-time winner of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, blasted away from pole position and was never headed, claiming his fourth win of the campaign.
His victory means he edges closer to team-mate and reigning world champion José María López in the title chase. López finished second with Sébastien Loeb completing Citroën’s podium monopoly in third.
Rob Huff was fourth for LADA with Hugo Valente bagging Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy honours in fifth in his privateer Chevrolet.
Gabriele Tarquini was the leading Honda finisher in sixth with Tom Chilton seventh and Tiago Monteiro eighth after charging through from P17 on the grid. Tom Coronel took ninth with Néstor Girolami 10th on his WTCC debut having started in P18 in his Honda. Local hero Mato Homola finished in P13 behind Stefano D’Aste and John Filippi.
There were a number of notable retirements including Norbert Michelisz, Jaap van Lagen and Ma Qing Hua.
|1||Yvan Muller||Citroen Total WTCC||Citroen||11 laps|
|2||Jose Maria Lopez||Citroen Total WTCC||Citroen||+1.749|
|3||Sebastien Loeb||Citroen Total WTCC||Citroen||+2.868|
|4||Robert Huff||LADA Sport Rosneft||Lada||+12.282|
|5||Hugo Valente||Campos Racing||Chevrolet||+16.882|
|6||Gabriele Tarquini||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda||+17.194|
|7||Tom Chilton||ROAL Motorsport||Chevrolet||+21.737|
|8||Tiago Monteiro||Honda Racing Team JAS||Honda||+25.131|
|9||Tom Coronel||ROAL Motorsport||Chevrolet||+27.040|
|10||Nestor Girolami||Nika International||Honda||+34.695|
|11||Stefano D’Aste||Munnich Motorsport||Chevrolet||+41.017|
|12||John Filippi||Campos Racing||Chevrolet||+45.612|
|13||Mato Homola||Campos Racing||Chevrolet||+2 laps|
|14||Ma Qing Hua||Citroen Total WTCC||Citroen||DNF|
|15||Nicky Catsburg||LADA Sport Rosneft||Lada||DNF|
|16||Mehdi Bennani||Sebastien Loeb Racing||Citroen||DNF|
|17||Jaap van Lagen||LADA Sport Rosneft||Lada||DNF|
|18||Norbert Michelisz||Zengo Motorsport||Honda||DNF|
|19||Grégoire Demoustier||Craft-Bamboo Racing||Chevrolet||DNF|
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