A delighted Monteiro celebrates his second race win of the season A poor start by Race 2 polesitter Alain Menu was all the invitation that Tiago Monteiro needed to lead SEAT to a clean sweep of race World Touring Car Championship victories on home soil at Valencia.

The former F1 driver make a great getaway from the second row to leapfrog front-row starters Menu and Fredy Barth as he swept to the outside on the run to the left-hander at Turn 1, while a fast-starting Andy Priaulx tried the inside line.

While the Portuguese driver would never be headed on his quest for a second race win of the season, it was all action behind as Priaulx and Menu conspired to collide at Turn 3.

Priaulx lunged for the inside line into the corner only to find Menu assuming a normal racing line to take the corner’s apex with the BMW completely in the way. The contact pitched Menu into a quick spin, while Priaulx was also held up trying to find a way through – all this promoted Muller to third behind Barth.

Race 2 gets underway Muller’s Christmases seemed to come at once when he was promoted to second place when Barth slide wide and into retirement with a right-rear puncture.

However, Muller’s key championship rivals – Gabriele Tarquini and Priaulx – finished right behind him to limit the points damage.

Priaulx’s collision with Menu had dropped him behind Tarquini and the sister SEAT of Jordi Gené, leaving the Guernseyman with no alternative but to drive another hard-charging race to recover the lost ground.

His pass on Gené was certainly forceful, and coupled with the collision with Menu, he had a visit with the Stewards who declared both incidents as normal racing.

Behind the five drivers, Robert Huff had a quiet drive to sixth place, with Michel Nykjær Vitaly Petrov paid a visit to support his compatriot Andrei Romanovheading home the recovering Augusto Farfus, who tore through the field to finish eighth after starting at the rear of the field due to his poor finish in Race 1.

SEAT’s Tom Coronel and the Independent runner Kristian Poulsen completed the top-ten, with the Danish BMW driver having an excellent weekend with back-to-back trophy wins at Valencia.

 

WTCC Valencia Race 2 Final Classification (13 laps):

  Driver   Team Result
1. Tiago Monteiro POR SR Sport SEAT León TDI 23:29.770
2. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 0.719
3. Gabriele Tarquini SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 3.455
4. Andy Priaulx GBR RBM Team BMW 320si + 3.785
5. Jordi Gené ESP SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 4.183
6. Robert Huff RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 4.982
7. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 7.248
8. Augusto Farfus BRA RBM Team BMW 320si + 7.825
9. Tom Coronel NED SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 9.024
10. Kristian Poulsen (I) DEN Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si + 10.125
11. Alain Menu SUI RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 13.356
12. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengö-Dension SEAT León TDI + 15.226
13. Marc Carol (I) ESP SR Sport SEAT León TFSI + 15.789
14. Franz Engstler (I) DEU Team Engstler BMW 320si + 15.954
15. Sergio Hernández (I) ESP Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 18.716
16. Mehdi Bennani (I) MOR Wiechers Sport BMW 320si + 27.455
17. Darryl O’Young (I) HKG Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 29.011
18. Yukinori Taniguchi (I) JPN Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 32.972
19. Andrei Romanov (I) RUS Team Engstler BMW 320si + 33.636
  Not Classified      
DNF Fredy Barth SUI SUNRED SEAT León TDI 7 laps
DNS Stefan D’Aste (I) ITA Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si  

[Original image via FIA WTCC official site]

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