Franz Engstler scored his first victory in the World Touring Car Championship with a win on home soil at Oschersleben in Germany. The result brought Chevrolet's run of 11 consecutive wins in the series to an end.
Engstler began the race from pole position in his BMW, but lost out to the fast-starting similar machine of Norbert Michelisz at the start. A collision between Mehdi Bennani and Kristian Poulsen further back that saw both of their BMWs in the pit wall led to the safety car coming out to clear debris on the straight.
Later in the race Michelisz spun out of the lead and dropped to fourth, handing Engstler the lead. Despite having the Chevrolet of Alain Menu behind him since the restart, Engstler held on to score a popular victory at his home track. The win was a perfect birthday present for Engstler, who turned 50 last Monday. It was also the first win for the BMW 320TC.
Gabriele Tarquini completed a double podium result in third, resisting Tom Coronel by just 0.031s at the line.
Yvan Muller had been due to finish ahead of Coronel, having fought his way up from ninth on the grid. After taking fifth from Coronel and then fourth from Michelisz, the Frenchman got sideways and this allowed Coronel through for fourth. The Dutchman had tangled with Michelisz at Turn 1 a couple of laps earlier with the Hungarian ending his race in the tyre barrier on the inside of the corner.
Muller was at least able to finish just ahead of title rival Rob Huff, having got past him earlier in the race while the Briton was trying to get past Tiago Monteiro. Robert Dahlgren was seventh in the Volvo, with Monteiro, Stefano D'Aste and Javier Villa completing the points scorers.
Muller has cut the deficit to Huff in the standings to just six points. The next round of the season takes place at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo Circuit on 4th September.
Race 2 results – 15 laps:
|1||Franz Engstler||Engstler||BMW 320 TC||25:05.708|
|2||Alain Menu||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||0.750|
|3||Gabriele Tarquini||Sunred||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||2.361|
|4||Tom Coronel||ROAL||BMW 320 TC||2.392|
|5||Yvan Muller||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||3.117|
|6||Robert Huff||Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||3.816|
|7||Robert Dahlgren||Polestar||Volvo C30 Drive||4.310|
|8||Tiago Monteiro||Sunred||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||8.762|
|9||Stefano D’Aste||Wiechers||BMW 320 TC||9.286|
|10||Javier Villa||Proteam||BMW 320 TC||12.352|
|11||Darryl O’Young||Bamboo||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||15.585|
|12||Pepe Oriola||Sunred||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||17.167|
|13||Alexey Dudukalo||Sunred||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||34.582|
|14||Ibrahim Okyay||Borusan||BMW 320si||44.757|
|15||Yukinori Taniguchi||Bamboo||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||47.098|
|16||Fabio Fabiani||Proteam||BMW 320si||1:30.934|
|17||Michel Nykjaer||Sunred||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||+ 4 laps|
|Ret||Norbert Michelisz||Zengo||BMW 320 TC||10 laps|
|Ret||Fredy Barth||Sunred||Sunred SR Leon 1.6T||7 laps|
|Ret||Kristian Poulsen||Engstler||BMW 320 TC||0 laps|
|Ret||Mehdi Bennani||Proteam||BMW 320 TC||0 laps|
Drivers' standings after 8 of 12 rounds:
1. Robert Huff, 289 points
2. Yvan Muller, 283
3. Alain Menu, 220
4. Gabriele Tarquini, 145
5. Tom Coronel, 137
6. Tiago Monteiro, 105