Priaulx takes title as Muller wins race Jorg Muller dominated the second FIA World Touring Car Championship race at Macau but it was not enough to prevent BMW teammate Andy Priaulx from taking his second successive world crown. Muller moved to...
Priaulx takes title as Muller wins race
Jorg Muller dominated the second FIA World Touring Car Championship race at Macau but it was not enough to prevent BMW teammate Andy Priaulx from taking his second successive world crown.
Muller moved to the front of the field at the start after making a brilliant getaway, but he was immediately put under pressure from title rival Augusto Farfus Jr. who was tucked right in his slipstream. Farfus got sideways going through Mandarin Bend, though, and swiped the barriers - damaging his car and putting himself out of the race.
That left the way open for Muller to charge clear at the front, but the Safety Car was brought out following a collision between Gabriele Tarquini and Rob Huff that partially blocked the track.
At the restart, Muller was gifted a massive lead after second placed Peter Terting slowed with a misfire and the pursuing cars all had to back off until the SEAT driver pulled over. By the time that happened, Muller was more than five seconds clear and he maintained that advantage to the flag.
Second place eventually went to Yvan Muller, who fought off race-long pressure from the pursuing Tom Coronel until the chequered flag, while SEAT's James Thompson finished fourth.
Behind him, Priaulx took fifth place, which was enough for him to take the WTCC title by one point from Muller. After fighting off a tough challenge from eventual sixth placed finisher Fabrizio Giovanardi, Priaulx claimed it was the 'hardest and best' race of his career.
"It is almost too much to take in," said Priaulx, who had earlier won the first race. "The pressure was unbearable. I could not have gone another lap. It means a lot more to me now having won the first race. I came fifth in the second race with no help from anyone at all."