WTCC Race 1, Chilton wins on drying track

Tom Chilton claimed his second WTCC victory on a drying track, overtaking his team-mate Yvan Muller on the last lap

The shower that hit the track a few minutes before the start puzzled the drivers on the tyre choice. Some went for wets – like Pepe Oriola and Rickard Rydell – some other for slicks – like the RML duo and James Nash.Rain stopped after a few laps and it was clear that the gamble of going for the slick tyres was the winning one.Oriola and Rydell tried to take advantage on the first laps, but then they had to give up position after position, which gave the RML pair and Nash to move at the front.

Key momentsGrid – following a shower and to avoid the risk of finishing the second race in the dark, the Stewards decided to shorten both races from 13 to 10 laps for safety reasonsStart – the field takes the start behind the safety car on a drying trackLap 3 – the safety car pits and the fight beginsLap 3 – Oriola overtakes Chilton and Muller to take the leadLap 3 – Valente and Charles Ng make contact; Valente pits for repairsLap 4 – Rydell overtakes MacDowell and Nash to move up to fourthLap 5 – MacDowall and Huff swap sixth position a couple of timesLap 7 – Muller and Chilton overtake OriolaLap 7 – Tarquini overtakes Huff for eighthLap 8 – Rydell slips to from 4th to 7th behind Nash, MacDowall and TarquiniLap 9 – Rydell drops further down to 11th Lap 10 – Thompson overtakes Monteiro for ninthLap 12 – Boardman overtakes Monteiro for tenthLap 12 – Chilton overtakes Muller and winsLap 12 – Nash and MacDowall overtake Oriola to finish third and fourth

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