Valencia: Series race two report

CHEVROLET MAKE A DOUBLE WITH MENU-HUFF Alain Menu and Robert Huff dominated the second race in Valencia, giving Chevrolet a brilliant one-two finish. The two men in blue managed to overcome the strong resistance from BMW's Andy Priaulx and...

CHEVROLET MAKE A DOUBLE WITH MENU-HUFF

Alain Menu and Robert Huff dominated the second race in Valencia, giving Chevrolet a brilliant one-two finish. The two men in blue managed to overcome the strong resistance from BMW's Andy Priaulx and Jorg Muller, who came home in third and fourth respectively.

SEAT Sport drivers were involved in the battle for point positions and four of them - led by Gabriele Tarquini - filled the spots between fifth and eighth; this enabled Tarquini to stretch his championship lead to 8 points.

Sergio Hernandez, of Proteam Motorsport, claimed his first WTCC victory on his home circuit, after a tough fight with Pierre-Yves Corthals.

Priaulx sprinted to the lead at the start, beating pole sitter Menu in the run down to the first corner. They were chased by J. Muller, Larini and Y. Muller. After starting eighth on the reverse grid, Huff began to recover positions and within three laps he got past Tarquini, Gene, Y. Muller and Larini climbing up to fourth.

On lap 3 Menu was able to strike back and overtook Priaulx for the lead and the reigning world champion find himself chased closely by J. Muller.

The fighting became hotter and hotter. Y. Muller, Larini, Gene and Tarquini were bumping into each other at every corner, Monteiro and Thompson had a couple of brutal collisions and the Portuguese man was given a drive-through penalty as a result.

While Menu was creating a gap, Huff overtook J. Muller for third on lap 7. Coming from the back of the field, Farfus jumped ahead of Rydell and Gene to claim seventh position; however he and Y. Muller collided while fighting for the fifth place; this was the end of Farfus' race, while the Frenchman slipped down to eighth.

On lap 9, Huff squeezed past Priaulx and moved up to second. Porteiro provided one last thrill overtaking Thompson for tenth.

The championship will resume for rounds 7 and 8 in Pau, France, on May 31sr and June 1st.

-credit: fiawtcc.com

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