WTCC Results: Tom Coronel wins at Suzuka image

Tom Coronel grabbed the lead and took his first win of the season, and his first WTCC victory in three years at race two in Suzuka.

The Dutch racing driver-endured race long pressure from Yvan Muller to claim his WTCC win, his first since Okayama, also in Japan, in 2008.

Yvan Muller was second while Rob Huff took third place and Alain Menu was fourth.

“It was a very tough race for me, as Yvan put me under pressure for most of the time and I had a lot of oversteering problems with my car, especially in the first corner,” Coronel said.

“It is great to win, for me, because I love Japan, and for the team.”

Key moments

Start – Coronel takes the lead while pole sitter O’Young is hit by Tarquini and spins off at Turn 1

Lap 1 – Dahlgren overtakes Menu for fourth

Lap 4 – Muller and Huff put the pressure on Coronel

Lap 6 – Dahlgren tries to overtake Huff for third, in vain

Lap 8 – Tarquini is given a drive through for hitting O’Young at the start

Lap 10 – Nykjær is chased by Turkington and Villa

Lap 12 – Tarquini retires after observing the drive through

Lap 15 – Menu overtakes Dahlgren for fourth

Lap 16 – Bennani is given a drive through for overtaking Dudukalo under yellow flag

Lap 22 – Dahlgren dives inside Menu at Turn 5 but doesn’t find a gap

Lap 23 – Coronel wins beating Muller by inches; Nykjær wins the Yokohama Trophy from Turkington

Race Results

Pos Driver Team Car Time/Gap
1 Tom Coronel ROAL BMW 320 TC 21:10.854
2 Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 0.558
3 Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 0.840
4 Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1.576
5 Robert Dahlgren Polestar Volvo C30 Drive 2.057
6 Michel Nykjaer Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 7.397
7 Colin Turkington Wiechers BMW 320 TC 7.730
8 Javier Villa Proteam BMW 320 TC 8.292
9 Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW 320 TC 8.606
10 Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW 320 TC 8.901
11 Franz Engstler Engstler BMW 320 TC 9.477
12 Aleksei Dudukalo Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 15.744
13 Pepe Oriola Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 22.668
14 Yukinori Taniguchi Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 23.263
15 Toshihiro Arai Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 23.541
16 Masaki Kano KK BMW 320 TC 25.577
17 Hiroki Yoshimoto Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 26.926
18 Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW 320 TC 33.610
19 Charles Ng Engstler BMW 320si 34.092
Ret Gabriele Tarquini Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 11 laps
Ret Darryl O’Young Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1 lap