Rob Huff will head to the World Touring Car Championship season finale in Macau with a 35 point lead after taking victory in race two in Shanghai after Yvan Muller hit Alain Menu out of the lead.
Despite starting tenth on the reverse grid, race one winner Menu took the lead of the race from polesitter Tom Coronel on lap four, with Muller following him through. At the start of lap eight, Muller hit the rear of Menu’s car at Turn 1, sending Menu sideways and running wide himself.
That allowed their teammate d’aHuff through into the lead, winning the race ahead of Muller and Menu. Muller was later given a 30 second penalty, dropping him to 13th in the race result. That sees him fall to 41 points adrift of Huff with only 55 available in Macau. Menu is now second in the points, 35 behind Huff.
Coronel inherited the final podium spot, with Stefano D’Aste adding fourth to his third in race one and Mehdi Bennani a close fifth in another BMW. Gabriele Tarquini was a distant sixth in his Lukoil SEAT ahead of Colin Turkington’s West Surrey Racing Chevrolet.
Tom Boardman and Alberto Cerqui fought through to the points just like in race one, while Tiago Monteiro completed the top ten in his Honda.
The traditional season-ending races on the street circuit in Macau take place in two weeks’ time.