After a successful round of qualifying, the Chevrolet Cruze WTCC team posted double and triple wins in Shanghai. After both races, all three Chevrolet drivers, including Rob Huff, Alain Menu, and Yvan Muller, are still in the game for the Drivers’ championship, with the last round of the 2012 WTCC tour taking place in two weeks in Macau.
The first race of the weekend started with Alain Menu on the poll, ahead of teammates Yvan Muller and Rob Huff. Menu kept the pole advantage, but Muller got tangled up in turn 2 — forcing him to the pits and out of the race with damage to the right rear wheel. Meanwhile, Huff comfortably followed Menu for the duration of the race — and both drivers avoided the battles behind them.
Menu crossed the finish line first, followed by Huff, and BMW driver Stefano D’aste; Yvan Muller did not finish due to the damage.
The Chevy WTCC team started the second race in less favorable positions (in spots 7, 9 and 10), but the three factory-run Cruzen were off to a great start — taking the lead after the first few laps. When in the lead, Menu was bumped by Muller in a close braking situation. Huff took advantage of the opportunity and passed both, dropping Menu to third.
Muller then alternated with Menu for the second position, but took back the spot in the closing laps. He was, however, penalized by 30 seconds after the race for the contact, dropping him to P13 and moving Menu to P2.
As such, the second race resulted in Huff taking first, Menu in second, and BMW driver Tom Coronel in third. Muller didn’t earn any points during Sunday’s races, keeping the 349 points he had after the qualifying round.
Current Drivers’ Championship Standings
Even after the Shanghai events, only the three Chevrolet drivers are eligible to win the Drivers’ Championship for this WTCC season.
The team is now headed to Macau, where the last qualification and final two races of the season — taking place November 17 and 18th — will determine which Chevy driver will be the 2012 WTCC World Champion. Chevrolet has already won the Manufacturers’ title, with the Shanghai races widening the lead even further.