Huff Wins FIA World Touring Car Championship Race One
Rob Huff boosted his chances of finishing runner-up in the FIA World Touring Car Championship with a dominant victory in the first of the day's two races at Macau on Sunday.
The Chevrolet driver made a perfect getaway from pole position at the rolling start to keep the lead, but the safety car was called out almost immediately following a multi-car collision involving Andy Priaulx, Andre Couto and Michel Nykjaer at the first corner.
The field was held behind the safety car until the start of lap five, when Huff got away cleanly once again to build up a lead over team-mate Yvan Muller that he would keep until the end of the race.
Huff was two seconds clear at the start of lap 10 when the safety car was called out again after Henry Ho Wai Kun crashed in the mountain section and his car was left in a dangerous place on the track.
SEAT's Tiago Monteiro shadowed runner-up Muller all through the race but could do nothing to overhaul the Chevrolet driver, while behind them there was a big battle for fourth place.
It was Gabriele Tarquini who eventually came out on top, after overtaking the struggling Augusto Farfus on the run down to Mandarin on lap eight. Farfus then lost another place to Norbert Michelisz the following lap to eventually finish sixth.
Alain Menu recovered from an opening lap error at Lisboa, where he nudged the barrier, to finish seventh, ahead of Kristian Poulsen - whose eighth place means he will start the second race from pole position.
Tom Coronel lost his chance of a top ten finish when he was handed a drive- through penalty for tapping the back of Darryl O'Young under braking for Lisboa at the first restart - pushing the local driver into a spin before he crashed into Fredy Barth.
-source: macau gp