Yvan Muller headed the all too familiar Chevrolet train to claim another team 1-2-3

Yvan Muller and Chevrolet’s seemingly dominant defence of the World Touring Car Championship titles continued in the second race at Morocco, with the Frenchman defying perceptions that the Marrakech street circuit was a tough track on which to overtake.

The three-time champion took victory after starting from seventh, beating home team-mates Robert Huff and Race 1 winner Alain Menu.

With the starting order for race 2 being determined by reversing the top-ten qualifiers, it was James Nash who lead Ford’s first-ever front-row start. The Arena Motorsport driver led off the line and kept the chasing pack at bay for the first half of the race before the quicker drivers began to pick their way to the front.

Muller was the prime example, and by the fourth lap he’d already made it into the top-three. He picked off Engstler with a little bit of nudging into the chicane, and then used his Cruze’s superior straight-line speed to just blast by Nash and claim the lead down the straight.

Nash hung on gamely to lead for half the race Coronel and D'Aste staged another great scrap for fourth

Huff and Menu quickly followed suit and eased their way past Nash, who then had to try and fend off the advances of a trio of BMWs: Tom Coronel, Stefano D’Aste and Franz Engstler.

Ultimately, Coronel and D’Aste both made their way by and waged their own closely-fought battle for fourth place. Neither was prepared to give an inch and both were great fun to watch as they threw their 320TCs over the circuit’s kerbs – Coronel at one point came within a coat of paint from sticking his car into the wall.

Nash hung on to sixth place to better team-mate Tom Chilton’s fine seventh in Race 1, while and Independent Trophy leader Pepe Oriola finished behind, with Engstler completing the top-eight places. Tiago Monteiro and Darryl O’Young rounded out the top ten.

 


2012 FIA WTCC Race of Morocco – Race 1 Final Classification (12 laps):

Driver Team Result YIT
1. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 19:36.836  
2. Robert Huff GBR RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 0.381  
3. Alain Menu SUI RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 0.970  
4. Tom Coronel NED ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW + 2.153  
5. Stefano D’Aste ITA Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC BMW + 2.641 Y
6. James Nash GBR Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC Ford + 5.052 Y
7. Pepe Oriola ESP Tuenti Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 5.589 Y
8. Franz Engstler DEU Liqui Moly Engstler BMW 320TC BMW + 5.610 Y
9. Tiago Monteiro POR Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T Sunred + 7.374  
10. Darryl O’Young HKG Special Tune Racing SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 12.861 Y
11. Aleksei Dudukalo RUS Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 13.587 Y
12. Mehdi Bennani MOR Proteam Racing BMW 320TC BMW + 18.629 Y
13. Charles Ka-Ki Ng HKG Liqui Moly Engstler BMW 320TC BMW + 29.173 Y
14. Andrea Barlesi BEL SUNRED Engineering SR León 1.6T Sunred + 31.619 Y
15. Pasquale di Sabatino ITA Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 44.273 Y
16. Tom Chilton GBR Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC Ford + 3 laps  
  NOT CLASSIFIED    
DNF. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengõ Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW 5 laps Y
DNF. Alberto Cerqui ITA ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW 2 laps Y
DNF. Alex MacDowell GBR Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 0 laps Y
DNF. Gabriele Tarquini ITA Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC SEAT 0 laps  
DNS. Isaac Tutumlu ESP Proteam Racing BMW 320TC BMW   Y
DNS. Tom Boardman GBR Special Tune Racing SEAT León TDi SEAT   Y
  FASTEST RACE LAPS    
  Alain Menu SUI RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 1:45.161  
  Stefano D’Aste ITA Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC BMW 1:45.200 Y




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