The Spaniard was later disqualified from first WTCC win since 2008 when it was found in post-race scrutineering that his air restrictor didn’t conform to the technical regulations, and this occurred after he had already been reprimanded by the stewards for lining up out of position for the rolling start, when he crossed the timing beam before pole-sitter Gabriele Tarquini.
This little advantage was enough to see Gené assume the lead of the race, which he didn’t relinquish over its 13-lap distance.
Tarquini briefly fell to third behind the Chevrolet of Yvan Muller on the opening lap, but redressed the position shortly afterwards and cruised to a second-placed finish, which would later become a race victory when his SR Sport team-mate was disqualified.
Muller fell behind and into the clutches of his RML team-mate Alain Menu, but the Swiss driver was unable to find a way past and lead a train of rivals comprising Tiago Monteiro, Robert Huff and Norbert Michelisz.
Andy Priaulx managed to pass the SEAT of Tom Coronel to take eighth as the SEAT driver ran momentarily off the circuit exiting the Bolderberghaarspeldbocht hairpin, and the Dutchman was left to fend off the other BMW of Augusto Farfus in the closing laps. Coronel’s ninth place would become an eighth-placed result with Gené’s disqualification, meaning he will start from pole position for the second race later today.
Race 7 Final Classification (13 laps):
|DQ.||Jordi Gené||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||21:51.561|
|1.||Gabriele Tarquini||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||+ 2.648|
|2.||Yvan Muller||RML Chevrolet Cruze LT||+ 5.277|
|3.||Alain Menu||RML Chevrolet Cruze LT||+ 5.704|
|4.||Tiago Monteiro||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||+ 6.207|
|5.||Robert Huff||RML Chevrolet Cruze LT||+ 6.514|
|6.||Norbert Michelisz||Zengö-Dension SEAT León TDI||+ 6.840|
|7.||Andy Priaulx||RBM Team BMW 320si||+ 7.475|
|8.||Tom Coronel||SR Sport SEAT León TDI||+ 11.943|
|9.||Augusto Farfus||RBM Team BMW 320si||+ 12.101|
|10.||Fredy Barth||SUNRED SEAT León TDI||+ 12.303|
|11.||Kristian Poulsen (I)||Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si||+ 16.021|
|12.||Pierre-Yves Corthals (I)||Exagon SEAT León TFSI||+ 18.048|
|13.||Sergio Hernández (I)||Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si||+ 20.259|
|14.||Mehdi Bennani (I)||Wiechers Sport BMW 320si||+ 20.888|
|15.||Harry Vaulkhard (I)||Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti||+ 22.071|
|16.||Stefan D’Aste (I)||Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si||+ 23.139|
|17.||Vincent Radermecker||RML Chevrolet Cruze LT||+ 23.525|
|18.||Michel Nykjær||SUNRED SEAT León TDI||+ 29.137|
|19.||Andrey Romanov (I)||Team Engstler BMW 320si||+ 56.690|
|20.||Darryl O’Young (I)||Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti||+ 1 lap|
|DNS||Franz Engstler (I)||Team Engstler BMW 320si||8 laps|
[Original images via FIA WTCC official website]