Rob Huff has won Race 1 at Zolder in Belgium as Chevrolet scored their second 1-2-3 finish in as many World Touring Car Championship rounds. The Briton led from pole position, with Alain Menu finishing second and Yvan Muller third.
Front row starters Huff and Menu had an equal start, the pair making contact going into Turn 1. With Huff having the inside line he was able to retain the lead, while Menu received further contact from third placed SEAT driver Gabriele Tarquini.
A chaotic third lap brought the safety car out. Contact between Aleksei Dudukalo and Yukinori Taniguchi going into Turn 2 pitched the Japanese driver's Bamboo Chevrolet into a slide, where he was then collected by the BMW of Marchy Lee. Further around the lap Fredy Barth had been in seventh place when he spun. Tom Coronel tried to take avoiding action, ran wide off the circuit and when he tried to rejoin the circuit he hit a bump that threw his BMW into the air. This put the Dutchman into a spin before being collected by the similar car of Franz Engstler. Mehdi Bennani's race also came to an end in the gravel trap. The damage sustained by Coronel and Barth mean they won't start Race 2, where Barth was due to be on pole position.
The race resumed on lap nine, with Muller taking third position from Tarquini. As Huff went off into the lead Muller chased after Menu but was unable to find a way through. Tarquini finished in fourth, with Tiago Monteiro fifth.
Having lost positions at the start, Kristian Poulsen regained sixth position and the Yokohama Trophy win from Norbert Michelisz. Michel Nykjaer moved through the third lap carnage to finish eighth having started from 20th after crashing in qualifying. Javier Villa snatched ninth from Darryl O'Young at the line on the final lap.
Race result after 15 laps:
|1||Robert Huff||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||29:18.807||15|
|2||Alain Menu||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1.244||15|
|3||Yvan Muller||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1.740||15|
|4||Gabriele Tarquini||SUNRED||SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI||3.790||15|
|5||Tiago Monteiro||SUNRED||SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI||5.102||15|
|6||Y||Kristian Poulsen||Engstler||BMW 320 TC||8.987||15|
|7||Y||Norbert Michelisz||Zengo||BMW 320 TC||10.878||15|
|8||Y||Michel Nykjaer||SUNRED||SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI||12.032||15|
|9||Y||Javier Villa||Proteam||BMW 320 TC||12.845||15|
|10||Y||Darryl O’Young||Bamboo||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||12.901||15|
|11||Y||Pepe Oriola||SUNRED||SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI||14.656||15|
|12||Y||Aleksei Dudukalo||SUNRED||SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI||17.538||15|
|13||Robert Dahlgren||Polestar||Volvo C30||18.687||15|
|14||Y||Yukinori Taniguchi||Bamboo||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||25.864||15|
|15||Y||Urs Sonderegger||Wiechers||BMW 320 TC||42.236||15|
|16||Y||Fabio Fabiani||Proteam||BMW 320si||1:07.741||15|
|Ret||Y||Fredy Barth||SUNRED||SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI||2 laps||2|
|Ret||Tom Coronel||ROAL||BMW 320 TC||2 laps||2|
|Ret||Y||Mehdi Bennani||Proteam||BMW 320 TC||2 laps||2|
|Ret||Y||Franz Engstler||Engstler||BMW 320 TC||2 laps||2|
|Ret||Y||Marchy Lee||KK||BMW 320 TC||2 laps||2|