And this was proved again today in the second race, when Coronel managed to overtake a pugnacious Mehdi Bennani to claim his second victory of the season.
It was an unexpected one-two for BMW, with Bennani who won the Yokohama and was close once again to win his first race. Just like two weeks ago in Sonoma.
Third finished Tiago Monteiro, who partly salvaged what was a very tough weekend for Castrol Honda Racing that had high expectations for its home race meeting.
Charles Ng claimed his best result ever in WTCC, ranking seventh after a close, but fair fight with Rob Huff.
Start – Bennani takes the lead from Coronel; Michelisz and Muller make contact and crash
Lap 2 – Coronel begins to put pressure on Bennani
Lap 4 – Tarquini and Monteiro fight for 3rd place
Lap 6 – Kozlovskiy and Boardman make contact
Lap 10 – Coronel dives inside of Bennani at T1, but Bennani keeps the leadership
Lap 12 – Oriola (who was 5th) and Kozlovskiy are given a drive through for jump start
Lap 13 – Huff overtakes Ng for 8th place
Lap 17 – Coronel steals the lead from Bennani
Lap 18 – Thompson, Basseng, D’Aste and O’Young fight for 10th place
Lap 24 – MacDowall drops from 9th to 13th
Lap 25 – Ng retakes 7th place from Huff
Lap 26 – Thompson loses 9th place to Basseng after a contact and drops to 12th
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