Yvan Muller kept a level head in heavy rain to win back-to-back races at Monza

Yvan Muller has capped of a perfect opening weekend of racing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, claiming maximum points at the end of the weekend with victory in the second race at Monza.

Michel Nykjaer finished an impressive second on his full-time return to the WTCCIn soaking conditions, the Frenchman charged through from tenth on the grid to the lead by the fifth lap of the race, and from that point he was never challenged, winning by 2.4 seconds from fellow Chevrolet runner Michel Nykjær finished second and also claimed the Independent Trophy class win on his full-time return to the championship.


Muller’s charge was impressive. As conditions closed in on the high-speed circuit and in rapidly fading light, Muller rocketed off the line and was fourth by the end of the opening lap.

By the end of the fourth lap, he’d climbed into second place, and quickly set about overhauling early race leader Gabriele Tarquini. The Honda driver made a small mistake exiting the Ascari chicane a lap later, and that was all the invitation Muller needed to take the lead and cruise to victory.

Tarquini, Nykjær and WTCC debutant Marc Basseng staged an entertaining battle for second place over the remaining laps, with the trio running nose-to-tail in a classic slipstreaming duel.

Monteiro and Basseng staged an entertaining battle fr third place in the closing stages of the race

Nykjær managed to slip into second and break free of the remaining pair in the final laps, leaving Tarquini and Basseng to scrap for the final podium spot. Ultimately Tarquini prevailed, crossing the line a scant 0.087 seconds ahead of the very impressive Basseng, with a fast-closing Tom Chilton right behind them in fifth place.

Chilton had climbed up from ninth place on the grid, losing out on the chance of a podium after spending several laps stuck behind fellow Chevrolet runner and former teammate James Nash.

Behind Chilton came Pepe Oriola, Nash, Tiago Monteiro, Stefano D’Aste (who started from the back of the grid) and Rob Huff, who started from the pit lane.

The series will now decamp and cross the Mediterranean into Morocco, which will play host to the second round of the championship on the tough Marrakech street circuit in a fortnight’s time.


2013 FIA WTCC Race of Italy – Race 2 Final Classification (10 laps):

Driver Team Result YIT
1. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 23:27.254  
2. Michel Nykjær DEN NIKA Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 2.482 Y
3. Gabriele Tarquini ITA Castrol Honda Civic WTCC Honda + 4.994  
4. Marc Basseng DEU Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 5.081  
5. Tom Chilton GBR RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 5.612  
6. Pepe Oriola ESP Tuenti Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 6.755 Y
7. James Nash GBR Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 14.445 Y
8. Tiago Monteiro POR Castrol Honda Civic WTCC Honda + 20.573
9. Stefano D’Aste ITA PB Sport BMW 320TC BMW + 23.722 Y
10. Robert Huff GBR Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 25.442  
11. Tom Coronel NED ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW + 37.126
12. Darryl O’Young HKG ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW + 41.394 Y
13. Franz Engstler DEU Liqui Moly Engstler BMW 320TC BMW + 43.904 Y
14. Fredy Barth SUI Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC BMW + 45.921 Y
15. Fernando Monje ESP Campos Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 50.678 Y
16. Tom Boardman GBR Special Tune Racing SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 53.591 Y
17. Charles Ka-Ki Ng HKG Liqui Moly Engstler BMW 320TC BMW + 59.157 Y
18. Jean-Philippe Dayraut FRA ANOME BMW 320TC BMW + 1:06.537 Y
19. Mehdi Bennani MOR Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW + 1:26.721 Y
20. Alex MacDowall GBR Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 1 lap Y
21. René Münnich DEU Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 1 lap Y
22. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengõ Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC Honda + 1 lap
  Not Classified Result  
NS. James Thompson GBR LADA Sport Granta LADA DNS  
NS. Aleksei Dudukalo RUS LADA Sport Granta LADA DNS

“Y” denotes Yokohama Independent Trophy competitor.

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