Huff Wins Zolder Race 1 In Another Chevy 1-2-3

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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:

Pos Cl Driver Team Car Time/Gap 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
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