Muller Wins First Spa Race as Lopez Beats Loeb to Second

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

Yvan Muller claimed victory in the first World Touring Car Championship race of the day at Spa-Francorchamps in the first Citroen lockout of the podium places since the opening race of the season.

While Muller led from pole position to checkered flag, winning by 3.6 seconds, Jose Maria Lopez limited the damage to his championship lead by stealing second place from Sebastien Loeb on the very last lap.

Behind the Citroen trio, Hugo Valente held fourth at first in his Chevrolet but he was made to serve a drive-through penalty for exceeding the track limits.

That benefited Gianni Morbidelli, who had gone from ninth to fifth on the first lap with a good run onto the Kemmel straight. Tiago Monteiro pressured Morbidelli for fourth but ended up losing a place to Tom Coronel on the last lap.

Norbert Michelisz was seventh ahead of Gabriele Tarquini with Dusan Borkovic ninth and Tom Chilton tenth after recovering from a stall at the start.