Muller Wins First Ever WTCC Race In America

1 Mins read
Yvan Muller - Photo Credit: WTCC Media

Yvan Muller showed the American crowds who’s the boss in the World Touring Car Championship by winning the series’ first race in the United States at Sonoma.

Things got off to a bang when front row starters Alain Menu and Gabriele Tarquini made contact into turn two, forcing the Italian to run off-road and lose a few spots. Muller and Rob Huff took advantage to make it a Chevrolet 1-2-3.

The trio of Cruzes battled for the lead and on lap four Muller dived down the inside of Menu with Huff following him through the opened door. Menu then slowed with a car issue and went into the pits.

Huff kept Muller on his toes but had to settle for second, crossing the finish line half a second behind the Frenchman.

Norbert Michelisz steered his way through the first lap chaos to finish up in third place. Tarquini finished up in fourth, although he did come under pressure from Alex MacDowall at one stage. MacDowall made a mistake that brought Tiago Monteiro onto his tail, but the young Cumbrian remained ahead to take fifth.

Franz Engstler was seventh ahead of Tom Coronel, who survived contact with fellow BMW Mehdi Bennani that sent the Moroccan into a spin to move from his lowly 20th grid slot up to eighth. Stefano D’Aste was ninth with Tom Boardman completing the top ten.

Bennani recovered to come home 11th ahead of Tom Chilton, who’s Aon Ford was caught up in the opening lap drama. American Robb Holland finished his first WTCC race in 13th ahead of Darryl O’Young while Charles Ng was the final finisher after a mid-race spin.

Pepe Oriola’s SEAT crawled to a halt on the start-finish line with a few laps to go with his teammate Fernando Monje also failing to finish. James Nash retired in the second of the Aon Fords, while Alberto Cerqui was a first-lap casualty in his ROAL Motorsport BMW.

Race two takes place at 21:35 BST.

1882 posts

About author
Peter joined the TCF team in September 2010 and covers GP2 and GP3 along with WTCC and Formula Two. You can find him on twitter at @PeteAllen_
Related posts
TCR EuropeTCR International SeriesTCR UKWTCC

TCR Series Roundup - 24th March 2019

6 Mins read
The Checkered Flag looks back at the recent news and results from the various TCR Series competing around the world that has been released over the past seven days
TCR International SeriesWTCCWTCR

WTCC becomes WTCR in TCR regulations adoption

1 Mins read
The World Touring Car Championship will become the World Touring Car Cup in 2018 as the series adopts the succesful TCR concept…
TCR International SeriesWTCC

TCR and WTCC in rumoured merge for 2018

1 Mins read
A merge is expected between the TCR International Series and the WTCC ahead of the 2018 season, as the WTCC seeks to save its championship.