Tom Coronel kept the Chevrolets at bay to score his first win in the ROAL Motorsport BMW in Race 2 at Suzuka.
Coronel began the race on the front row alongside polesitter Darryl O'Young, but the Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet driver got a poor launch off the line, and eventually ended up in the gravel on the outside of Turn 1 after contact from Gabriele Tarquini.
Coronel endured race long pressure from Yvan Muller to claim his second WTCC win, his first since Okayama, also in Japan, in 2008.
Rob Huff finished on the third step of the podium, never quite managing to get past Muller. Robert Dahlgren was fourth for much of the race before momentarily slowing and allowing Race 1 winner Alain Menu to go past. The Swede did catch Menu again and the pair made contact two laps from the end, but the Swiss driver would hold on.
Tarquini was also with the leading train to begin with but was handed a drive-through penalty for his contact with O'Young at the start. He then opted to retire to the pits after being demoted to the back of the field.
Michel Nykjaer finished sixth, leading home a train of BMWs. Colin Turkington was seventh, ahead of Javier Villa, Norbert Michelisz, Kristian Poulsen and Franz Engstler.
Finishing one place ahead of Huff allows Muller to extend his points lead from 10 to 13 points. Rounds in China and Macau remain, with the WTCC's first visit to Shanghai's Tianma Circuit taking place on 6th November.
Race 2 results – 23 laps:
|1||Tom Coronel||ROAL||BMW 320 TC||21:10.854|
|2||Yvan Muller||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||0.558|
|3||Robert Huff||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||0.840|
|4||Alain Menu||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1.576|
|5||Robert Dahlgren||Polestar||Volvo C30 Drive||2.057|
|6||Michel Nykjaer||Sunred||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||7.397|
|7||Colin Turkington||Wiechers||BMW 320 TC||7.730|
|8||Javier Villa||Proteam||BMW 320 TC||8.292|
|9||Norbert Michelisz||Zengo||BMW 320 TC||8.606|
|10||Kristian Poulsen||Engstler||BMW 320 TC||8.901|
|11||Franz Engstler||Engstler||BMW 320 TC||9.477|
|12||Aleksei Dudukalo||Sunred||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||15.744|
|13||Pepe Oriola||Sunred||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||22.668|
|14||Yukinori Taniguchi||Bamboo||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||23.263|
|15||Toshihiro Arai||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||23.541|
|16||Masaki Kano||KK||BMW 320 TC||25.577|
|17||Hiroki Yoshimoto||Sunred||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||26.926|
|18||Mehdi Bennani||Proteam||BMW 320 TC||33.610|
|19||Charles Ng||Engstler||BMW 320si||34.092|
|Ret||Gabriele Tarquini||Sunred||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||11 laps|
|Ret||Darryl O'Young||Bamboo||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1 lap|
Drivers' standings after 10 of 12 rounds: