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    04 November 2012 10:34 RACE 2 – HUFF LEADS A CHEVROLET 1-2-3

    Chevrolet claimed another clean sweep for the podium of the second race, with Rob Huff crossing the line first ahead of Yvan Muller and Alain Menu. This enabled the Englishman to stretch his championship lead by 7 further points.

    The key moment of the race happened at the beginning of lap 8, when Muller tried to overtake Menu who was leading at the end of the pit straight. They made contact and Huff took the opportunity to jump ahead of them both. In the final part of the race Muller recovered the second position, but Huff had built a solid gap by then.
    The trio of Chevrolet cars was followed by a trio of BMW cars, with Tom Coronel, Stefano D’Aste and Mehdi Bennani finishing in fourth, fifth and sixth; the Italian claimed his second victory of the day in the Yokohama Trophy.
    Gabriele Tarquini was classified seventh, ahead of Colin Turkington who managed to prevail after a race-long tough battle with Tom Boardman, Alberto Cerqui and Tiago Monteiro. 

    Key moments
    Start – Coronel takes the lead from pole, followed by D’Aste
    Lap 1 – Michelisz and MacDowall collide at Turn 1 while fighting for third
    Lap 2 – Menu overtakes D’Aste for second
    Lap 3 – D’Aste, whose left front door hangs loose, is passed by Muller and Huff
    Lap 4 – Boardman overtakes Tarquini for sixth; Coronel loses the lead to Menu and Muller
    Lap 5 – Huff overtakes Coronel for third; Monteiro overtakes Cerqui for ninth
    Lap 6 – Turkington overtakes Cerqui for tenth
    Lap 8 – Muller hits Menu at the braking of Turn 1; Huff jumps into the lead
    Lap 9 – Menu overtakes Muller for second
    Lap 11 – Muller retakes second from Menu
    Lap 13 – Turkington overtakes Boardman for eighth

    J. Nash: DNS, engine; P. Oriola: technical failure; K. Leong: technical failure