Okayama: Series weekend summary

SEAT WIN MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP The first appearance of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Japan turned out to be a great success. Spectators flocked to the track in spite of winterlike weather - 28,000 was the official figure...

SEAT WIN MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

The first appearance of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Japan turned out to be a great success. Spectators flocked to the track in spite of winterlike weather - 28,000 was the official figure released by the event promoter - and were rewarded with two breathtaking races with plenty of overtaking and tangles.

A close battle between the BMW and SEAT drivers ended in Rickard Rydell claiming his second victory of the season ahead of Jorg Muller and Andy Priaulx. A victory that won the Spanish brand the Manufacturers' Championship (pending official confirmation by the FIA).

The second race was won by Tom Coronel who became the 14th different winner in the 22 races so far. Coronel crossed the line inches ahead of Augusto Farfus, with Independent Sergio Hernandez claiming his first podium in the championship.

The championship will resume for rounds 23 and 24 - the last ones of the season - in Macau, on November 16th. There is still the Drivers' Championship at stake, but only two SEAT Sport drivers can claim it: Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini. With the latter scoreless in Japan, Muller has now a comfortable lead of 14 points out of the 20 to be awarded in the final meeting.

-credit: fiawtcc.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tom Coronel , Jorg Muller , Augusto Farfus , Sergio Hernandez , Rickard Rydell , Gabriele Tarquini