Michelisz takes Maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship Victory
Norbert Michelisz secured a maiden win in the FIA World Touring Car Championship in the final race of the season in Macau on Sunday.
Michelisz, who drives a SEAT, surged past pole position man and independents' champion Kristian Poulsen at the original start before a red flag was put out because of a crash between Andrei Romanov and Nobuteru Taniguchi that blocked the track at Police.
After a safety car restart, Michelisz was able to keep his advantage and extend a comfortable margin over fellow SEAT driver Gabriele Tarquini, who managed to hold off Rob Huff in a result that secured the Italian second place in the drivers' standings.
With Chevrolet having earlier clinched the manufacturers' crown, the main focus was on whether Huff could overcome Tarquini to secure that runners-up spot.
Having started eighth, Huff got up to sixth early on - and was then gifted a place by Muller on lap three who was well aware of the championship situation.
Huff then overtook Augusto Farfus on lap six to get himself up to third but, despite closing right up on Tarquini by the final lap, he could not find a way to get past. That result meant he ended the season with the same points as Tarquini - but with less wins it is his rival who finishes ahead of him in the standings.
Behind the podium finishers, Muller ended his season with fourth place after a tough battle with Farfus. After minor contact between them several times, Muller eventually got past his BMW rival on the run down to Lisboa on lap nine.
And despite his bumper trailing off the back of his car, Farfus eventually finished fifth ahead of Tom Coronel and a hard-charging Andy Priaulx - who had started at the back of the field following his race one accident.
-source: macau gp