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Huff Cruises To Race One Win In Macau

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Rob Huff won the first of the two World Touring Car Championship races in Macau after leading from start to finish.

As Huff and front-row starting teammate Yvan Muller made clean getaways, Andre Couto and Andy Priaulx made contact at Turn 1, putting both in the wall on the outside. Couto retired while Priaulx managed to bring the car back to the pits, with his BMW Team RBM team patching the damage for him to return to the race on lap 6. Michel Nykjaer also got caught up in the Turn 1 collision and retired on the spot.

As the field headed down to Lisboa on the opening lap, Alain Menu could not get the car slowed quickly enough and went into the wall out of third. He rejoined in 15th.

Once Couto's and Nykjaer's SEATs had been recovered the safety car came in. Independents' Trophy leader Darryl O'Young ended his race in the wall at Lisboa when he was tapped from behind under breaking by Tom Coronel. As O'Young careered out of control towards the corner he ran into Fredy Barth. Coronel was later handed a drive-through penalty for causing the collision.

Behind Huff, Muller and Tiago Monteiro, there was a battle on for fourth, with Gabriele Tarquini passing Augusto Farfus on lap 8. Farfus then lost another position on the following lap to the diesel SEAT of Norbert Michelisz.

The race finished under the safety car after Henry Ho crashed in the mountain section, leaving his car stranded on the track. Huff took the checkered flag ahead of champion Muller and Monteiro. Tarquini finished fourth ahead of Michelisz, who wrapped up the Rookie Challenge, and Farfus. Alain Menu recovered to finish in seventh, ahead of Independents' winner Kristian Poulsen. Franz Engstler and Mehdi Bennani completed the points in ninth and tenth.

Huff's victory sealed Chevrolet's first Manufacturers' Championship and moved him into second in the Drivers' standings ahead of Tarquini and Priaulx.

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