WTCC Moscow: First victory in the season for Monteiro
Second WTCC race at Moscow Raceway was far more interesting than the first one. Tiago Monteiro was at the top from the start and won for the first time this season.
Honda driver never was really challenged and brought a lot of joy for his team. Lada also must be very happy after Rob Huff finished second and Nick Catsburg fourth, while Norbert Michelisz won last place on podium.
Hungarian driver of Zengo Motorsport had an excellent start and moved up to second place taking over rookie Nick Catsburg, while Sebastien Loeb, just like in the race 1, moved up three positions. In lap four Rob Huff moved to fourth and was in charge to take over Catsburg for third.
In the lap 5 two cars were out due to mechanical problems. Mehdi Bennani was first to retire, and soon after it was the end for Jaap van Lagen. Gabriele Tarquini was on the way to score few more points in this race, but in lap 8, after slight clash with Catsburg, Italian driver slided of the track and stayed stucked in the gravel.
In the meantime, Jose Maria Lopez was penalised with drive-through penalty because he started earlier and that was the end of the hopes of winning points in the race two.
Five laps before the end Monteiro still was at the top in front of Michelisz and Huff who looked very aggressive and motivated at the home circuit. Finally, Huff moved up to second position, while Yvan Muller used Loeb’s mistake and beat him in the battle for seventh place.
Ma Qing Hua was best placed Citroen driver taking fifth place, Yvan Muller finished sixth to reduce the gap in the overall standings, and Sebastien Loeb was seventh. Hugo Valente, Tom Chilton and Tom Coronel also scored points in the race two.