Puebla: BMW race notes

BMW driver Dirk Muller keeps his championship lead in Mexico. Amozoc, Puebla (Mexico), 26th June 2005. After two difficult races in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in Mexico, BMW has maintained its lead in the Drivers' Championship.

BMW driver Dirk Muller keeps his championship lead in Mexico.

Amozoc, Puebla (Mexico), 26th June 2005. After two difficult races in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in Mexico, BMW has maintained its lead in the Drivers' Championship. Dirk Muller (GER) failed to gain any points in the series' successful overseas debut, but nevertheless travels back to Europe as the championship leader. In both championships the competition is more exciting than ever after the Mexican rounds of the WTCC. BMW Team Italy-Spain's Antonio Garcia (ESP) was the most successful BMW driver at the Autodromo Miguel E. Abed and improved to fourth place in the championship after adding 12 points to his tally.

In the first race of the day, Fabrizio Giovanardi (Alfa Romeo) took victory ahead of his fellow Alfa driver, Gabriele Tarquini, and SEAT driver Rickard Rydell. Garcia finished fifth. Peter Terting (SEAT) won the second race at the 3.032-kilometre circuit, trailed by Garcia and Roberto Colciago (Honda). Garcia was happy about his third podium finish of the season.

"I'm not sure if I could have passed Peter Terting," the 24-year-old said. "I knew that I needed a perfect start to make it onto the podium. That worked out fine. Peter pushed hard, and I also had to keep an eye on Fabrizio Giovanardi in my rear mirror. I'm really happy with this result, as this track is not ideal for our rear-driven BMWs. The team did a great job today."

Garcia's fellow BMW drivers had a less fortunate race weekend. Jorg Muller (GER) did not take part in the races following an accident in Friday's practice. His team- mate, Dirk Muller, missed out on the points in both races, carrying 60 kilos of handicap weight. The same went for Andy Priaulx (GBR) of BMW Team UK, who was also running with the maximum amount of ballast on board his car. Garcia's team- mate, Alessandro Zanardi, was involved in collisions in both races, thus scoring only a 13th-placed finish in race one.

With 47 points, Dirk Muller still leads the Drivers' Championship, ahead of Giovanardi with 44 and Priaulx with 41 points respectively. In the Constructors' Championship, BMW and Alfa Romeo now share the top position with 129 points each, followed by SEAT (98).

Directly after the races in Mexico, the teams started to load their equipment into containers again. Via truck and ship, the WTCC circus starts its 10,000-kilometre trip home to Europe. The series will be continued with two rounds at Spa- Francorchamps, Belgium, on 30th July.

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Series WTCC
Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Andy Priaulx , Antonio Garcia , Dirk Müller , Peter Terting , Rickard Rydell , Gabriele Tarquini , Roberto Colciago