This was Gabriele Tarquini’s and Honda’s second consecutive pole position after Marrakech.
RML-built Chevrolet Cruze wins race one as Yvan Muller and Tom Chilton swap fastest laps.
Weekend in Morocco helped Alex MacDowall maintain a top three placing in the Independents points.
James Nash: “It felt great to get my first WTCC podium."
Fernando Monje was 10th in qualifying at Marrakech and will hold pole position on the reversed grid for Race 2.
On Race 1 Alex MacDowall bring home Bamboo Engineering’s first ever driver championship podium and a win in the Yokohama Independents Trophy.
RML eclipses BMW in the all-time records... 2013 season kicks of triumphantly with double victory & first 1-2 of the year. Muller leads the drivers’ championship with 55 points and Chilton second on 32.
The reigning WTCC champion, Rob Huff, will be pleased just to have taken away some points from Monza after a crash on the first lap of qualifying left his SEAT León with broken suspension.
Yvan Muller time is a new qualifying lap record for Monza and nearly 1.5 seconds faster than the previous record.
After the kick off at Monza, Italy, the World Touring Car Championship will visit eleven other countries over four continents.
Former F1 Chief Engineer Steve Farrell will be the race engineer for James Nash in the Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Cruze. The first event in the 2013 WTCC calendar takes place at Monza in Italy in March.
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The success of the Chevrolet teams and drivers in the World Touring Car Championship has been a journey which is highlighted in the video.
At the Ciragan Palace, FIA World Touring Car Championship 2012 title winners were honored in Turkey.