Michelisz and Coronel share victoriesWTCC driver treated Japanese fans to a couple of very close races on Suzuka’s East Circuit.
The World Championship’s trademark based on paint-swapping and bumper-knocking was thoroughly honoured by all the drivers who did not recede from fighting hard for any possible positions.
In the first race Norbert Michelisz managed to get away from the scuffle and claimed a dominant lights-from-flag victory. The first of the season for him and a special one for Honda on its home racetrack. Behind Michelisz, Alex MacDowall rejected the assaults of Yvan Muller who was determined to celebrate in style his fourth Drivers’ Championship title.
The second race was enlivened by an-all BMW duel between Mehdi Bennani and Tom Coronel. Eventually the more experienced Dutchman got the better with a brilliant overtaking manoeuvre, while Tiago Monteiro gave Honda another podium result. The championship will resume after a five-week break for rounds 21 and 22 that will take place at Shanghai, China on November 3.