Huff Gets Off The Mark In Brno

Chevrolet’s Rob Huff took the checkered flag for Round 13 of the World Touring Car Championship at Brno, signalling the Britons first win of the season. Huff kept the rolling start, keeping SEAT’s Gabriele Tarquini and BMW’s Colin Turkington at bay, while Team RBM BMW’s Augusto Farfus passed Chevrolet’s Alain Menu for fourth. Further down the field a tangle between 4 drivers brought the safety car out before the end of Lap 1.

Team RBM BMW’s Andy Priaulx tapped the rear of Tom Coronel's SEAT causing Kristian Poulsen, Fredy Barth and Jordi Gené to also make contact. Priaulx, Poulsen and Barth managed to continue but Gené and Coronel's races ended in the gravel at Turn 4.

As the safety car pulled in and the race was restarted, Colin Turkington fell into the grasp of Norbert Michelisz’s SEAT. Michelisz, in attempting to pass Turkington at Turn 1, connected with the Brit and also the pair collected Yvan Muller’s Chevrolet. Muller limped back to the pits, however Michelisz’s race ended in the gravel.

Priaulx then attempted a move on Nykjær, however this attempt failed and cost him a place as Monteiro squeezed past in his SEAT. Darryl O’ Young was sticking to Priaulx back in ninth. On Lap 9 Priaulx managed to get past Monteiro, who then made contact with with Independent leader O’Young and lost several places. Priaulx continued his progress, getting past Nykjær and Colin Turkington.

Huff  held the lead to complete a lights-to-flag victory scoring his first win of the season for Chevrolet ahead of Tarquini, and team-mate Menu. Farfus held on for fourth ahead of his BMW Team RBM team-mate Priaulx. Turkington was sixth ahead of Nykjær and O'Young making an all rookie front row for the second race of the day.