Porto: Race two report

RACE 2: PRIAULX CLAIMS FIRST WIN Andy Priaulx's first win of the season has arrived. The man from Guernsey started second on the grid, overtook leader Jorg Muller on lap five and then got a superb restart after a safety car period to claim ...

RACE 2: PRIAULX CLAIMS FIRST WIN

Andy Priaulx's first win of the season has arrived. The man from Guernsey started second on the grid, overtook leader Jorg Muller on lap five and then got a superb restart after a safety car period to claim victory. Muller finished second ahead of Alain Menu and regained the championship lead.

At the start Augusto Farfus overtook Menu for seventh but on the subsequent straight the Swiss man reclaimed the position. Lap two saw a second Chevrolet; that of Rob Huff, overtake Farfus.

Despite promoting himself to seventh by lap 11, Huff made a mistake when trying to overtake Yvan Muller on lap 12 and ended up in the tyres. He rejoined but finished out of the points.

Huff's team-mate Nicola Larini also made a storming charge towards the front of the pack by overtaking Gabriele Tarquini on lap three, Muller on lap five and Tom Coronel on the last lap.

A second podium of the day was not to be for the Italian however as he crashed at turn 7. Alain Menu ensured Chevrolet was represented in the top three by overtaking Coronel.

The field had to follow the safety car for four laps after Miguel Freitas crashed at the chicane. Priaulx zig-zagged as late as he could at the restart before shooting away and creating a substantial gap.

There was some jostling for the other point scoring positions and after the exit of Huff and Larini, Coronel came home fourth followed by fellow SEAT driver Yvan Muller.

Farfus finished sixth and Tarquini seventh. Independent driver Pierre-Yves Corthals from Exagon Racing won the category and managed to keep Michel Jourdain and James Thompson behind, coming in impressive eighth to claim his first championship point.

His closest chaser, Stefano D'Aste, lost his chances to repeat his Race one victory when he was hit with a drive-through for jumping the start.

An incident on the last lap eliminated Jordi Gene and Alessandro Zanardi.

Jorg Muller now leads the championship with 58 points ahead of Priaulx and Farfus who are joint second with 56.

QUOTES FROM PORTO RACESAlain MENU

"It's been a fantastic day for Chevrolet with the 1-2-3 in Race 1. The season has been a good one so far. In the second race the conditions were very tricky because it was slippery. After the start I tucked in behind Nicola (Larini) and overtook some SEATs. Then we overtook Tom (Coronel) and the next thing I know Nicola went straight on and handed me third position."

Andy PRIAULX

"It was a great race, and I have to thank Jorg because if there was only one person you could safely go side to side with, it was him. There was intense pressure all race, every lap felt like it was the most important of your life and Jorg and I were on the limit all the time."

Robert HUFF

"The best weekend of the season so far for me. Having a top three is the icing on the cake with cherries on top and I dedicate my result to my team who have worked so hard. The three of us managed the race well between ourselves and we knew we could drive consistently without worrying one of us would do something stupid."

Jorg MULLER

"I'm happy I survived in such a difficult race. I made a mistake by braking too late and too hard which left a gap for Andy so there was no point in me trying to defend it. I had the championship lead earlier in the season and I don't want to lose it this time!"

Nicola LARINI

"I'm pleased with this result. This kind of track is great for the Chevrolet cars because we are better than the rest. For Race 2 it will be maximum attack because I want to score as many points as possible."

Tom CORONEL

"I'm happy because for three laps Larini was pushing me and I was the only person able to keep a Chevrolet behind for so long. I had a good race with good fights. You could say I lost the podium but on the other side if someone had told me I'd have a sixth and fourth this weekend I would have kissed them!"

Stefano D'ASTE

"The car was very quick in the corners and I was faster than Thompson's Alfa Romeo but I thought it was better not to risk overtaking because I knew I was leading the Independents' race and the points are more important. I dedicate this win to my sister because it was her birthday yesterday."

Pierre-Yves CORTHALS

"It has been a positive weekend for me. We had problems with the car at the start of the weekend which meant I didn't do many laps at all. For the races things were much better. I didn't take any risks and drove carefully to avoid the crashes."

-credit: wtcc series

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Tom Coronel , Jorg Muller , Yvan Muller , James Thompson , Augusto Farfus , Rob Huff , Gabriele Tarquini , Jordi Gene , Stefano D'Aste , Nicola Larini , Miguel Freitas , Alain Menu