WTCC - Nash takes maiden win at Salzburgring

James Nash took his first ever WTCC victory by winning Race Two at the Salzburgring.

WTCC - Nash takes maiden win at Salzburgring

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James Nash took his first ever WTCC victory by winning Race Two at the Salzburgring.

Driving a Chevrolet Cruze, his victory was also the first for the bamboo-engineering team in the WTCC and it meant that both the races at the Salzburgring were won by competitors in the Yokohama Trophy.

Nash had come second in Race One, making it a fantastic weekend for the 27-year-old Englishman.

Once again, Yvan Muller picked off the drivers ahead of him; starting from 10th on the grid, Muller finished in second to record his second podium result of the afternoon.

Norbert Michelisz finished third in the Zengö Motorsport Honda Civic.

Nash and Michelisz started the race alongside each other on the front row of the grid and for much of the race ran unchallenged at the head of the field.

Behind them, Muller was doing exactly what he did in Race One and duly passed Michelisz on lap 11 to finish in second place behind Nash.

Tiago Monteiro’s fourth place gave the Castrol Honda team its best result of the weekend while Michel Nykjær followed up his win in the first race with fifth place in Race 2.

Darryl O’Young and Stefano D’Aste failed to start because of damage incurred during the first race. The Stewards gave Charles Ng a drive-through penalty after they judged he had made a false start.

Key moments

Lap 1 – Nash first into T1. Contact between Chilton and Münnich at T1. Damage to the rear of Nykjær’s car. Chilton into the pits.

Lap 2 – Oriola passed Tarquini for 4th. Muller passed Huff for 7th

Lap 3 – Nykjær & Muller passed Tarquini for 5th & 6th

Lap 4 – MacDowall passed Huff for 8th. Drive-through penalty for Ng. Muller passed Nykjær for 5th

Lap 5 – Muller passed Oriola for 4th Barth passed Kozlovskiy for 12th.

Lap 6 – Thompson & Engstler passed Kozlovskiy for 13th & 14th. Nykjær passed Oriola for 5th. MacDowall passed Tarquini for 7th.

Lap 7 – Muller pressuring Monteiro.

Lap 8 – Muller passed Monteiro for 3rd. Barth passed Basseng for 11th.

Lap 9 – MacDowall passed Oriola for 6th.

Lap 10 – Contact between Huff and Tarquini

Lap 11 – Muller passed Michelisz for 2nd.

Lap 12 – Basseng & Thompson passed Barth for 11th & 12th.

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