Tarquini Wins Race 1 at Valencia

Gabriele Tarquini’s chances of retaining his FIA WTCC title are not over, as the Italian driver won SEAT’s home race at Valencia on Sunday, after leading it from beginning to end.

The SEAT driver started from pole position in Race 1 and managed to maintain his position by the first corner, while followed by Chevrolet’s duo Robert Huff and Yvan Muller. The Frenchman moved past his teammate in a heartbeat and, from that point on, there were little changes in the leading pack.

Tarquini maintained a decent time margin ahead of Muller until the chequered flag, while Huff held on to 3rd place. Andy Priaulx, the third driver to hope for the title this season, started the race from 9th place, but managed to end it in 5th place, after failing to get past SEAT’s Jordi Gene in the late stages.

Tiago Monteiro and Fredy Barth ended the first race on Sunday in 6th and 7th respectively, courtesy of Chevrolet’s Alain Menu, who slowed down in the final stages in order to start from pole position in Race 2.

The Top 10 was completed by Michel Nykjaer and Tom Coronel. Augusto Farfus had a race to forget on Sunday morning, as his constant battle against Fredy Barth ended with him visiting the pits for car repairs. After passing Barth early on, he was bumped from behind by the Swiss several times in the next few laps, and was eventually pushed wide from the track.

In the overall classification, Muller’s advantage from Priaulx has now increased to 19 points, while Tarquini recovered to sit only 7 points behind the BMW driver.
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