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Priaulx takes FIA World Touring Car Championship title with win
Andy Priaulx clinched his third consecutive FIA World Touring Car Championship title in great style with victory in the second race at Macau on Sunday.
Priaulx got away well from pole position, but it was title rival James Thompson who made the best start from third as he stormed his way past Nicola Larini and moved up to second.
Thompson showed he meant business as he pushed Priaulx hard in the early stages, even nudging into the back of the lead BMW at the Melco hairpin on the first lap.
But Priaulx was steadily able to extend his advantage and he went on to take an unchallenged victory - having seen his title chances boosted by the race one retirement of closest title rival Yvan Muller.
"To be first, first you have to finish," said a tearful Priaulx afterwards. "The car was reliable and that made the difference. I am speechless. I didn't know what to expect coming into the weekend but knew something special could happen if we kept it on the road."
Behind Priaulx, Thompson found himself as the man under pressure. On lap five, Larini had a look at Lisboa and the pair appeared to make light contact on the exit of the corner. Their battling allowed the SEAT of Tiago Monteiro to close in and the three were soon fighting it out bumper-to- bumper for position.
Larini made his decisive move to second at the start of lap seven when he got a good slipstream down the main straight and dived inside Thompson at Lisboa - before immediately pulling clear. He eventually finished 0.842 seconds behind Priaulx.
Thompson then faced intense pressure from Monteiro, but was able to hold onto the third place despite a big attempt by his Portuguese rival around the outside at Lisboa on lap eight.