Bennani then spun while trying to defend second position under strong pressure from Rob Huff and Yvan Muller.
The latter benefited from the contact between Bennani and Huff to collect a second place that means another step towards a possible fourth world championship crown.
The result of the race was affected by a pile-up on lap three that eliminated Tom Coronel, Gabriele Tarquini and James Thompson while they were fighting for the third position.
This incident is currently being investigated by the stewards.
Start – Bennani takes a perfect start and leads from Nykjaer
Lap 1 – Tarquini and Oriola make contact while fighting for third, Oriola drops to seventh
Lap 2 – Coronel overtakes Thompson for fourth
Lap 3 – Coronel, Tarquini, Thompson, Huff and Muller run abreast on the pit straight; at the braking Coronel’s car swerves to the right and collects Tarquini’s and Thompson’s
Lap 4 – Nykjaer makes a try, but Bennani resists
Lap 6 – Tarquini overtakes Chilton for seventh; D’Aste overtakes O’Young for 10th
Lap 7 – Nykjaer steals the lead from Bennani
Lap 8 – Chilton retakes seventh from Tarquini
Lap 9 – Huff and Muller chase Bennani who rejects their attack
Lap 10 – Bennani, Huff and Muller keep on fighting for second
Lap 11 – Huff and Bennani make contact, the latter spins and Muller moves up to second
Lap 13 – Nykjaer wins from Muller and Huff
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- Gabriele Tarquini
- Rob Huff
- Yvan Muller