Tarquini started from pole position in his SUNRED SEAT. This came courtesy of original polesitter Fredy Barth's car being too damaged to start Race 2 and fellow front-row starter Franz Engstler taking his car out of parc ferme conditions to repair damage and start from the pit lane. Race 1 winner Huff was moved up onto the front row alongside Tarquini.
Tarquini made a good start to retain the lead ahead of the three Chevrolets of Huff, Menu and Muller behind. Kristian Poulsen took fifth from Tiago Monteiro at the start, but contact between the pair later on the opening lap but the Danish Team Engstler driver into retirement.
Tarquini was having to drive defensively to keep the trio of Cruzes behind him, but the pressure was lifted slightly when Muller's car slowed and then retired to the pits. Huff tried to make a move on Tarquini for the lead and drew alongside him into the second chicane. The pair made contact though, which sent Huff through the gravel, across the chicane and into the lead. However, he soon began dropping down the field.
It was left to Menu to try and challenge Tarquini for the lead, but the Italian held onto record the first win for a non-Chevrolet driver in 2011. Monteiro took the final podium position in third, with Darryl O'Young a brilliant fourth on the Bamboo's first weekend racing the Cruze.
Teenager Pepe Oriola had been running in fifth position but would end the race two laps down. This gave the position to his SUNRED teammate Michel Nykjaer, who held off the recovering Huff. Robert Dahlgren was seventh in the Polestar Volvo, while Norbert Michelisz finshed eighth after starting from the pitlane. Aleksei Dudukalo, Tarquini's teammate at the Lukoil-backed part of the SUNRED team, scored his first WTCC points in ninth, while Javier Villa recovered from stalling at the start to finish tenth, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.
Huff retains his lead of the drivers' standings despite his troubles, just one point ahead of Menu who enjoyed the strongest weekend of the Chevrolet drivers. Tarquini's win moves him up to third, ahead of Muller. The next round takes place at Monza in Italy on 15th May.
Race result after 13 laps:
|1||Gabriele Tarquini||SUNRED||SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI||22:07.752|
|2||Alain Menu||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||0.448|
|3||Tiago Monteiro||SUNRED||SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI||0.886|
|4||Y||Darryl O'Young||Bamboo||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||1.614|
|5||Y||Michel Nykjaer||SUNRED||SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI||5.702|
|6||Robert Huff||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||5.901|
|7||Robert Dahlgren||Polestar||Volvo C30||12.352|
|8||Y||Norbert Michelisz||Zengo||BMW 320 TC||16.721|
|9||Y||Aleksei Dudukalo||SUNRED||SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI||20.141|
|10||Y||Javier Villa||Proteam||BMW 320 TC||28.827|
|11||Y||Mehdi Bennani||Proteam||BMW 320 TC||42.066|
|12||Y||Franz Engstler||Engstler||BMW 320 TC||48.235|
|13||Y||Fabio Fabiani||Proteam||BMW 320si||+ 1 lap|
|14||Y||Yukinori Taniguchi||Bamboo||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||+ 1 lap|
|15||Y||Pepe Oriola||SUNRED||SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI||+ 2 laps|
|16||Y||Urs Sonderegger||Wiechers||BMW 320 TC||+4 laps|
|Ret||Yvan Muller||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||7 laps|
|Ret||Y||Kristian Poulsen||Engstler||BMW 320 TC||0 laps|