Robert Huff has taken his first victory of the 2010 World Touring Car Championship season with a lights-to-flag win in the opening race of the Brno round.

Further boosting his still-alive championship aspirations, the Briton took the maximum Robert Huff won the opening race from pole position at Brnopoints haul while his championship-leading team-mate Yvan Muller failed to net a single point after an early-race accident.

Huff kept his pole position advantage by leading the pack away at the rolling start and into Turn 1, fending off any advances from Gabriele Tarquini’s SEAT. Augusto Farfus managed to leapfrog Colin Turkington’s BMW into Turn 1, while Menu took third.

But a first-lap accident would compress the field, by dint of fellow BMW driver Andy Priaulx triggering a multi-car accident when he touched Tom Coronel’s SEAT at Turn 4, which caused the Dutchman to retire alongside his team-mate Jordi Gené – the Spaniard’s wretched season continuing its theme once again.

Also involved were Kristian Poulsen and Fredy Barth, although they would continue without damage.

The race restarted after a two-lap Safety Car interruption, and immediately there was more drama when Turkington and Nortert Michelisz touched into Turn 1, with Turkington running straight on and collecting Yvan Muller, who was an innocent victim in the accident. Michelisz would retire on the spot, while Muller was able to limp to the pits with damaged steering.

Turkington was able to continue in fourth place, although he was now well behind the lead four drivers and having to fend off the overtures of Michel Nykjær and Tiago Monteiro.

Staging another impressive recovery driver was Priaulx, who climbed through the field and managed to pass Monteiro and Nykjær, before Turkington slowed on the final lap to let his fellow BMW driver take fifth and the extra championship points for his title aspirations.

Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet driver Darryl O’Young seemingly took the Independents’ Trophy victory and pole position for the second race of the day by finishing an impressive eighth, just managing to hold off Kristian Poulsen. However, O’Young was issued with a 30-second time penalty at the end of the Brno event, dropping him from 8th to 17th in the final classification.


WTCC Brno Race 1 Final Classification (12 laps):

  Driver   Team Result
1. Robert Huff RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 28:46.901
2. Gabriele Tarquini SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 0.796
3. Alain Menu RML Chevrolet Cruze LT + 2.036
4. Augusto Farfus RBM Team BMW 320si + 2.345
5. Andy Priaulx RBM Team BMW 320si + 12.874
6. Colin Turkington eBay Motors BMW 320si + 13.202
7. Michel Nykjær SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 14.256
8. Kristian Poulsen (I) Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si + 15.680
9. Tiago Monteiro SR Sport SEAT León TDI + 16.524
10. Stefan D’Aste (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 18.780
11. Sergio Hernández (I) Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 20.905
12. Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT León TDI + 21.363
13. Franz Engstler (I) Team Engstler BMW 320si + 22.484
14. Mehdi Bennani (I) Wiechers Sport BMW 320si + 24.250
15. Harry Vaulkhard (I) Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 26.554
16. Andrey Romanov (I) RUS_thumb[1] Team Engstler BMW 320si + 39.022
17. Darryl O’Young (I)* Bamboo Chevrolet Lacetti + 45.467
18. Fabio Fabiani Scuderia Proteam BMW 320si + 1:24.872
  Not Classified      
  Yvan Muller RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 6 laps
DNF Norbert Michelisz Zengö-Dension SEAT León TDI 4 laps
DNF Jordi Gené SR Sport SEAT León TDI 0 laps
DNF Tom Coronel SR Sport SEAT León TDI 0 laps

* Denotes a 30-second time penalty applied post-race for causing an avoidable collision with Tiago Monteiro.

[Original image via FIA WTCC official site]

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