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Huff Holds Off Muller To Double Up At Monza

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Rob Huff held on under intense pressure from Chevrolet teammate Yvan Muller to score his second victory of the World Touring Car Championship round at Monza in Italy.

The Briton began the race second on the grid thanks to the reverse qualifying system, and passed Tiago Monteiro's SUNRED SEAT on the run down to the first chicane off the standing start. Muller found his way into second past Monteiro at the parabolica, and began to attack Huff for the lead.

Their battle continued lap-after-lap and nearly ended in disaster when Muller went into the back of Huff's car under braking for the Parabolica on lap six. The Frenchman received a black and white flag for the misdemeanour. Huff held on to win, becoming the third man to win both races in a WTCC weekend, after Jorg Muller in France in 2005 and James Thompson in Spain in 2007.

The battle behind the Chevrolet pair was intense throughout the race, with Kristian Poulsen coming out on top to score his maiden overall podium in the WTCC in his Engstler BMW. Tom Coronel looked set to finish fourth until a puncture on the final lap. Monteiro finished fourth, with Alain Menu finishing fifth. The Swiss Chevrolet driver had moved through from the back of the grid after his car was taken out of parc ferme between the two races to fix the damage from his clash with Muller on the last lap of Race 1.

Darryl O'Young beat Norbert Michelisz to sixth, with Javier Villa and Franz Engstler finishing just behind. Gabriele Tarquini claimed the final world championship point in tenth at the end of a frustrating home race weekend for the Italian.

Huff's double race win moves him 36 points clear at the top of the drivers' standings. Muller's two runner-up spots elevate him from fourth to second, with Menu slipping to third, five points behind Muller. The fourth round of the championship takes place at the Hungaroring in three weeks time.

Final results after nine laps:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time/Gap
1   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 18:10.032
2   Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 0.242
3 Y Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW 320 TC 3.559
4   Tiago Monteiro SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 6.211
5   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 8.896
6 Y Darryl O'Young Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 10.089
7 Y Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW 320 TC 10.780
8 Y Javier Villa Proteam BMW 320 TC 11.054
9 Y Franz Engstler Engstler BMW 320 TC 11.056
10   Gabriele Tarquini SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 12.800
11 Y Yukinori Taniguchi Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 19.420
12 Y Pepe Oriola SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 21.519
13   Robert Dahlgren Polestar Volvo C30 23.532
14 Y Marchy Lee KK BMW 320 TC 27.912
15   Tom Coronel ROAL BMW 320 TC 28.095
16 Y Ibrahim Okyay Borusan BMW 320si 48.069
17 Y Urs Sonderegger Wiechers BMW 320 TC 52.972
18 Y Fabio Fabiani Proteam BMW 320si 1:27.890
19 Y Fredy Barth SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI +2 laps
20 Y Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW 320 TC +2 laps
Ret Y Aleksei Dudukalo SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 1 lap
Ret Y Michel Nykjaer SUNRED SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 0 laps
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