SHANGHAI - Chevrolet finished the weekend in China with a fantastic team result, taking a double and triple win in Shanghai in two action-packed races with all still to play for in the Drivers’ championship.
Ahead of the last and decisive round of the WTCC in Macau in two weeks, Rob Huff climbed to the top of the standings on 390 points, ahead of Chevrolet teammates Alain Menu (355) and Yvan Muller (349).
Huff had a fantastic Sunday, winning Race 2 and taking 2nd in Race 1. Menu won Race 1 and finished 3rd in Race 2, while Yvan Muller was forced out of Race 1 and finished 2nd in Race 2.
The Frenchman later received a 30-second penalty, dropping to 13th and concluding the weekend without scoring points.
Race 1 started with Menu keeping the pole advantage ahead of his team mates but Muller was left reeling after a melee in turn 2 forced him to the pits and out of the race with damage to the right rear wheel.
Huff sat comfortably behind Menu for the duration of the race and both avoided the battles going on behind them which saw many of the field with damage at the flag.
In Race 2, despite their less favorable positions on the grid, the three RML-run Cruzes had an excellent start, taking the lead of the race after a few laps.
Menu was heading to another win when contact with Muller in a close braking allowed Huff to take the lead, dropping the Swiss to 3rd place.
Muller, who had climbed to second, gave back the position but passed Menu again for 2nd position in the closing laps. The post-race penalty made him dropped to P13 while Menu climbed to 2nd.
The WTCC is now heading to Macau for the traditional street circuit in the former Portuguese enclave that brings the curtains down on the WTCC calendar. The two races will determine which Chevrolet driver will be crowed 2012 World Champion driver.
Chevrolet has already won the Manufacturers’ title. Sunday’s race saw the lead at the top extended further, with Chevrolet on 930 points, BMW in 2nd place on 602 points and SEAT in 3rd on 569.
Source: Chevrolet WTCC Racing