MULLER AND CHEVROLET JUMP INTO THE LEAD Monza was benevolent with Chevrolet that made the most out of today's races on the Italian superfast racetrack. The blue-and-white cars collected one victory (with Yvan Muller in the second race), two ...
MULLER AND CHEVROLET JUMP INTO THE LEAD
Monza was benevolent with Chevrolet that made the most out of today's races on the Italian superfast racetrack. The blue-and-white cars collected one victory (with Yvan Muller in the second race), two third places (with Rob Huff) and a number of points that propelled the Frenchman into the lead of the Drivers' Championship and the American brand to the top of the Manufacturers'.
As usual the WTCC races in Monza were extremely exciting and were both decided on the last laps, when a combination of speed and hot asphalt took its toll on the leading drivers with of front-left tyres exploding. Gabriele Tarquini and Huff were fighting for victory in the first race when they both dropped down presenting an unexpected 1-2 finish to BMW drivers Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus.
The same fate hit Michel Nykjær on the last lap of Race 2 after he had created a gap. As the Dane stopped, Muller inherited his second win of the season and jumped on top of the standings with a 24-point margin ahead of Tarquini and Huff.
Chevrolet leads the Manufacturers, closely followed by SEAT Customers Technology and BMW.
Mehdi Bennani missed a great opportunity to take the lead in the Independents' Trophy. The young North African was stripped of his Race 1 victory for straight-cutting a chicane, and in the second race he received a drive through for a clear jump start. His problems, combined with Franz Engstler's engine failure, enabled Sergio Hernandez to climb on top ahead of his team mate Stefano D'Aste.
Fredy Barth scored another victory (his fourth so far) in the Rookie Challenge, while Norbert Michelisz claimed his maiden win in the second race.
The championship will resume for rounds 7 and 8 at Zolder, Italy, on June 20th.