Muller Takes Straightforward Win in First Hungaroring Race

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

Yvan Muller led Jose Maria Lopez home for a Citroen one-two in the opening World Touring Car Championship race at the Hungaroring.

Muller retained the lead from pole position and finished 1.282 seconds ahead of championship leader Lopez.

The third Citroen of Sebastien Loeb fell back following a poor getaway and then a wide moment at the first corner. He slipped back to seventh behind all four Hondas, and their pace was too strong for Loeb to mount any kind of fightback.

Tiago Monteiro completed the podium, seven second behind Lopez and five ahead of Castrol Honda team-mate Gabriele Tarquini.

Mehdi Bennani finished on the tail of Tarquini in fifth, while local hero Norbert Michelisz made a great start to jump from 11th to sixth and held off the attention of Loeb to stay there until the finish.

Tom Coronel took eighth in his rebuilt ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet ahead of similar cars of Gianni Morbidelli and Hugo Valente. Coronel’s team-mate Tom Chilton finished back in 14th after a black-and-orange flag forced him to pit to fix a loose bonnet.