GENE WINS, MULLER JOINS PRIAULX In front of a large crowd Jordi Gene made it two wins for SEAT Sport this weekend, becoming the 11th driver to have scored a victory this season. The Spaniard started seventh but by lap four had captured the ...
GENE WINS, MULLER JOINS PRIAULX
In front of a large crowd Jordi Gene made it two wins for SEAT Sport this weekend, becoming the 11th driver to have scored a victory this season.
The Spaniard started seventh but by lap four had captured the lead. Nicola Larini of Chevrolet crossed the line second after defending hard from James Thompson who took his second third place finish of the weekend.
Yvan Muller claimed a fifth place and four points that enabled him to join Andy Priaulx on top of the Drivers' Championship.
Four other drivers still have chances to secure the world title in Macau: Augusto Farfus, James Thompson, Jorg Muller and Nicola Larini, who are 10, 12, 15 and 20 points behind the leaders respectively.
The Manufacturers' Championship is also closely fought, with BMW leading SEAT by ten only points.
Farfus' race ended prematurely at the first chicane after he and Gabriele Tarquini made contact.
The Brazilian's BMW was sent into a spin, bounced off the barrier and slid across the track, narrowly escaping a collision with the fast moving field. Tarquini retired two laps later.
On lap three Larini took the lead from his team-mate Rob Huff. Alain Menu was in the thick of the action and despite reaching fifth, he retired on lap five.
Lap four saw Gene promote himself to the front of the pack after he overtook Huff and Larini. Huff then had to defend from James Thompson but it was to no avail as the Alfa Romeo driver took the podium position on the next lap. Huff eventually finished fourth.
Alessandro Zanardi and Tom Coronel fought a tough battle throughout the race but it was Zanardi who conquered as he crossed the line 0.046 seconds ahead of the Dutchman to claim sixth.
Jorg Muller and Priaulx had a scoreless weekend. Muller's race ended on lap 5 after an incident with Corthals. In a similar scenario as his team-mate Farfus, Muller spun and became stranded on the track.
Priaulx's race was somewhat shorter than his BMW colleague's as he retired in the pits after lap 1 after obtaining damage.
The Independents' Trophy race was won by Pierre-Yves Corthals who managed to win a close fight with Stefano D'Aste. Race one winner Luca Rangoni was involved in a first lap incident and retired.
The Championship will resume at Macau, for the two final rounds, on November 18th.