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Date: Sunday, November 16, 2008
Huff wins chaotic second FIA WTCC race
Rob Huff delivered another victory for Chevrolet in the second FIA World Touring Car Championship race in Macau after seeing three leaders crash out of the event in the final two laps.
N. Technology's James Thompson looked to be on course to grab victory in the race, having led cleanly away from pole position and holding off intense pressure from the following BMW of Augusto Farfus.
But on lap eight, Thompson swiped the wall at the Solitude Esses - badly damaging his Honda Accord and forcing him into retirement.
That incident left the way clear for Farfus to take victory for BMW, but the Brazilian crashed on the final lap too. Then Italian Gabriele Tarquini, running behind Farfus, tried to squeeze through that incident to take the lead - but he swiped the wall and damaged his car.
Those accidents allowed Huff, who had been running a lonely fourth for much of the race, to take victory - following shortly after teammate Alain Menu had won the first race of the day.
Huff was clearly delighted at the result, which helped secure him third place in the drivers' championship.
"What a weekend," he said. "Chevrolet cleaned up with both wins. I don't know what happened in front of me - but it was a belting weekend to finish third in the championship. I am so, so happy."
Newly crowned WTCC champion Yvan Muller came through the chaos to finish second, ahead of outgoing champion Andy Priaulx.
Rickard Rydell benefited from the last lap retirement of Menu to take fourth, ahead of Alessandro Zanardi and independents' competitor Franz Engstler.