Robert Huff took off from pole position on Sunday and never looked back, leading the race from beginning to end, ahead of his teammate from Chevrolet, Yvan Muller. In fact, the Top 3 never changed positions as compared to how they started the race, as the podium at the end of Race 1 was completed by local hero and 3-time champion of Brazilian Stock Car racing Carlos Bueno.
The Brazilian driver had a great Sunday in front of his home fans and managed to maintain his 3rd place from beginning to end, even though he had to race in both FIA WTCC and Brazilian stock cars throughout the weekend.
While the Top 3 went on to secure a comfortable gap from the rest of the field, a group of 4 drivers battled for the following positions in the race. While Kristian Poulsen seemed to be the one to lift BMW to 4th place overall, it was Tom Coronel (ROAL BMW) who got to do those honors, after overtaking the Engstler BMW driver in the last lap of the race.
Poulsen therefore had to settle for 5th place, enough though to head the classification in the Yokohama Independents Trophy. Alain Menu was 6th overall, ahead of SUNRED SEAT duo Gabriele Tarquini and Michel Nykjaer.
Race 2 of the Curitiba opener is scheduled later today.