HOME VICTORY FOR PRIAULX Andy Priaulx has taken his first ever win at the wheel of a touring car at Brands Hatch.The reigning champion dedicated his success to the late Colin McRae and his family. After a successful home weekend Priaulx leads...
HOME VICTORY FOR PRIAULX
Andy Priaulx has taken his first ever win at the wheel of a touring car at Brands Hatch.The reigning champion dedicated his success to the late Colin McRae and his family. After a successful home weekend Priaulx leads the championship by 12 points.
The man from Guernsey shot off the line from third and after the first corner had overtaken fellow BMW driver Felix Porteiro for the lead. Porteiro crossed the line second followed by Briton Rob Huff at the wheel of his Chevrolet Lacetti.
Just as in the first race, there was a car stranded in the gravel at the first corner which meant deployment of the safety car.
This time it was Alex Zanardi who suffered a premature end to his race. Safety car conditions were applied for a single lap but an incident between Alain Menu and Augusto Farfus ahead of the restart meant the safety car was required once again.
At Clark Curve Farfus and Menu were side by side when they made contact. The BMW Team Germany car was sent into a spin and crashed into the pit wall. Three laps were completed behind the safety car before Menu was shown a black flag.
On lap eight Huff's third position was under threat from SEAT Sport's Jordi Gene. Colin Turkington, who was lying fifth, found himself keeping Yvan Muller at bay. Over the next two laps James Thompson had caught up with Muller's SEAT but was unable to overtake and eventually finished eighth rejecting Tom Coronel's assaults. Gene was overtaken by Turkington (4th) and Muller (5th) at the end of the race to finish sixth. Muller now lies third in the championship.
Nicola Larini's bad luck continued as he was tapped by Michel Jourdain on lap 11. The pair continued and crossed the line 12th and 13th respectively. Jourdain's SEAT compatriot, Gabriele Tarquini, suffered a problem with is car in lap 12 and retired from seventh.
Jorg Muller salvaged some points from the weekend by overtaking Thompson on lap 14 and crossing the line seventh. He is currently fourth in the title fight.
Pierre-Yves Corthals took his second independent victory of the day and the lead of the independent trophy by passing the chequered flag tenth overall.