Straight to Number 1... Robert Huff won again

RML Chevrolet driver Robert Huff has taken his fifth win of the 2011 World Touring Car Championship season as he continues his march towards a maiden Drivers’ Championship title.

And as if to further emphasise the outstanding performance of his Chevrolet Cruze, the Briton headed home a team 1-2-3, with Yvan Muller and Alain Menu completing a ‘bluewash’ of the podium.

Sharing the front row with team-mate Muller, Huff tucked in behind the Frenchman before quickly making his move and taking a lead he wouldn’t lose. Huff did enough to maintain a few car lengths ahead of Muller all the way to the chequered flag, winning by 0.8 seconds.

Behind them, Alain Menu lost a few places in the opening laps before recovering, and then enjoyed an entertaining scrap with Tom Coronel over third place. The battle eventually resolved in Menu’s favour when he overtook the Dutchman in the closing stages of the race.

Coronel then had to fend off the advances of Kristian Poulsen, who was himself being hotly pursued by the impressive Robert Dahlgren in the Volvo.

While Poulsen went on to take the Independent Trophy win with his fifth-placed finish, Dahlgren took an excellent sixth on the C30’s maiden race with the new 1.6-litre turbo, which bodes well for the Swede’s competitiveness at upcoming rounds.

The top-ten was completed by Darryl O’Young, Norbert Michelisz (who stormed through the field after being sent to the back of the grid when his car was found to be underweight by race scrutineers), Javier Villa and Michel Nykjær.

Nykjær was the sole SEAT representative in the points after the opening race, in what many predicted would be a tough weekend for the recently turbo-converted cars.

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2011 FIA WTCC Race of Czech Republic Final Classification (Race 1 – 10 laps):

Driver Team Result
1. Robert Huff GBR RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 21:59.507
2. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 0.858
3. Alain Menu SUI RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 11.697
4. Tom Coronel NED ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW + 13.026
5. Kristian Poulsen DEN Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320TC BMW + 13.772
6. Robert Dahlgren SWE Polestar Volvo C30 1.6T ‘Drive’ Volvo + 14.353
7. Darryl O’Young HKG Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 21.288
8. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengõ-Dension Team BMW 320TC BMW + 21.584
9. Javier Villa García ESP Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW + 23.436
10. Michel Nykjær DEN SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred + 23.731
11. Mehdi Bennani MOR Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW + 24.146
12. Tiago Monteiro POR SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred + 27.624
13. Pepe Oriola ESP SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred + 29.796
14. Aleksei Dudukalo RUS Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI SEAT + 34.209
15. Yukinori Taniguchi JPN Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 34.828
16. Franz Engstler DEU Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320TC BMW + 39.038
17. Urs Sonderegger SUI Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC BMW + 1:08.893
           
  NOT CLASSIFIED        
NC. Gabriele Tarquini ITA Lukoil-SUNRED SR León 1.6T Sunred 6 laps
NF. Fredy Barth SUI Swiss Racing SR León 1.6T Sunred 3 laps
           
FASTEST LAP
  Robert Huff GBR RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 2:10.863

[Original images via FIA WTCC Media]

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