Citroën dominated the opening race of the 2014 World Touring Car season, going 1-2-3 with José María López leading the charge.
Tom Coronel concluded his season with the ROAL Motorsport-BMW 320 TC with a well-deserved and hard-fought third place.
Several big-impact melees in both races dictate disappointment for Tom Chilton with two DNFs from contact.
The ROAL Motorsport driver took home 3 points to push his season tally to 63, as he finished sixth on the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy.
Alex MacDowall: “It all went pretty well this weekend, I don’t think we could have done any better.”
Rob Huff two times on the podium, Marc Basseng two times on seven.
Fifth podium for Tiago Monteiro, Gabriele Tarquini's day turned into an anxious drama.
Rob Huff scored points on position four and six for the racing stable from Saxony.
The final event of the 2013 FIA WTCC takes place at Macau in two weeks November 16-17.
Alex Macdowall now remains in the Far East in preparation for the all-important final two races of the WTCC season.
Rob Huff seventh and eighth, Marc Basseng ninth – Third position in the team world championship assured.
Alex MacDowall: "It’s great to be back on the main podium, that’s where we always want to be, and fantastic to get another Independents win.”
RML claims 7th FIA WTCC title since the series' inception in 2005 as Muller claims 4th Drivers' crown.
James Nash: “It looks like it is possible too that I can win the Independent title at the next event in China which would be fantastic.”
WTCC to resume in shanghai in six weeks.
Tom Coronel scored an impressive victory in the second race with his ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC. Watch video from the race in Suzuka.
Michelisz takes race one win while Muller earns the WTCC championship. In race two Coronel overtakes Bennani for the victory on the Suzuka circuit.
In the FIA WTCC drivers’ standings, Tom Coronel is currently ninth with a total of 114 points.
During the races the temperature inside James Nash's Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Cruze was measured at over 50 degrees Celsius!
Gabriele Tarquini accelerated past the pole position man soon after the start and steadily pulled away from the field to take victory with a 2.4 second advantage.
Alex Macdowall: “It was a real disappointment but we showed good pace on the whole this weekend, hopefully we can be just as strong again at Suzuka."
Chilton’s dominant form continues with lights to flag victory in race 1 – his first in the WTCC