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.
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 heading 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):
[Original image via FIA WTCC official site]