The WTCC race day at the Salzburgring had two faces. The first race delivered another 1-2-3 for Chevrolet, while the second one saw Stefano D’Aste claiming his first win after a dramatic last lap.
Rob Huff, Yvan Muller and Alain Menu dominated Race 1, but at the same time treated their Austrian fans to a good show, engaging each other in close fights at every corner.
The second race was set to end in another 1-2-3 for Chevrolet, as Muller, Huff and Menu were able to recover and take command despite starting ninth, tenth and eighth respectively. However, tire problems plagued all three Cruze cars and also the León cars of Monteiro, Tarquini and Dudukalo – and this resulted in a last-corner sprint that propelled D’Aste towards an unexpected victory from Huff and Tom Coronel.
In terms of the title fight, Huff emerged as the overall winner of the weekend. The Englishman overtook Menu for second place and also reduced his gap from Yvan Muller to only eight points, which promises exciting battles for the second half of the season.
The championship will resume at Portimão, Portugal on June 3 for rounds 13 and 14.