Huff Vs Muller Battle Rumbles On To Valencia

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The inter-team tussle for the World Touring Car Championship title between Chevrolet drivers Rob Huff and Yvan Muller resumes this weekend at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Spain.

Muller finished one place ahead of Huff in both races last time out at Oschersleben in Germany, slashing the Briton's championship lead to just six points with four meetings remaining.

The Valencia races are the last of the European leg of the season, ahead of the Asian rounds in Japan, China and Macau that round out the season.

The SUNRED team will hope to go well on home soil. Drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro shared the wins at the Spanish track last year for the team, when they were running the TDI model. Its new 1.6T model has shown improvement in recent rounds and the squad will hope to fight the Chevrolets for victory this weekend.

Two drivers will also look for strong results in front of their home crowd. Javier Villa is currently in the midst of an intense fight for the Yokohama Trophy, with the top six drivers covered by just ten points. He will hope for a similar result at home to the one earned by one of his rivals Franz Engstler who won the second race outright in Germany in his privately-entered BMW.

17-year-old Pepe Oriola will also look for a strong result in his SUNRED car as he continues a solid debut year in the WTCC.

There is one change on the driver front this weekend, with Russian racer David Sigacev joining the series in the third Engstler-run KK Motorsport-entered car driven by Marchy Lee earlier in the year.

The weekend's schedule is as follows:


Free Practice 1:  09:00-09:30 (08:00-08:30 BST)
Free Practice 2: 11:30-12:00 (10:30-11:00 BST)
Qualifying Q1: 14:30-15:05 (13:30-14:05 BST)


Race 1: 13:35 (12:35 BST)
Race 2: 15:05 (14:05 BST)

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