Muller Cruzes To Macau Win In Final RML Weekend

Yvan Muller - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC
Yvan Muller - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC

Yvan Muller took a lights-to-flag win in race one of the World Touring Car Championship finale in Macau.

In his final weekend with the RML team before departing for Citroen, Muller opened up a 1.7 second lead on the first lap and comfortably led the rest of the nine laps, easing off towards the end.

Tiago Monteiro held second place throughout, keeping Rob Huff at bay after his own Honda team-mate Gabriele Tarquini failed to start with his team changing the engine after the morning warm-up.

Norbert Michelisz took fourth in his Zengo Motorsport Honda, while Alex MacDowall held off Bamboo Engineering team-mate James Nash to take the Yokohama Trophy win but couldn’t prevent Nash wrapping up the class title with a race to spare.

Tom Chilton was seventh on lap one but punted out on lap two by fellow Chevrolet driver Pepe Oriola. On the following lap, Oriola had contact with a barrier that resulted in a big sideways moment but he managed to hold onto the place until two laps from the end when Marc Basseng got past.

The Spaniard was later handed a 30 second penalty for the contact with Chilton that dropped him to 15th, as Stefano D’Aste, Tom Boardman and Tom Coronel completed the top ten.