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Muller delighted with Mondello double.

Vauxhall Motorsport's Yvan Muller took an historic double win in front of record crowds at Sunday's British Touring Car Championship races at Mondello Park, Ireland - the first ever BTCC races to take place outside the UK.

Following his double pole in Saturday's qualifying session, the Frenchman has taken maximum points away from the weekend witnessed by more than 15,000 spectators.

Muller also continues to lead the overall championship standings 27 points ahead of teammate Jason Plato. Egg Sport Astra Coupe driver, James Thompson lies in overall third place with 111 points, only five behind Plato.

Muller led the touring cars in Mondello's 15-lap Sprint race from pole position in a lights to flag victory, catching the production class cars on lap five and deposing James Kaye (Honda) from the overall race lead in lap 13.

Plato followed Muller closely all race until a flat front tyre caused an unscheduled pit-stop for fresh tyres, and dropped him down to last place amongst the touring car runners.

The 30-lap Feature Race produced a thrilling start with Vauxhall Motorsport's Muller beating Plato to the first corner ahead of the Egg Sport Astra Coupes. Shortly after, Bennett fell victim to the Lexus of Kurt Luby, which had punted him off in the opening lap.

Thompson meanwhile took advantage of the subsequent tussle between Bennett and Peugeot's Dan Eaves, taking third place. Muller began pulling away from the field increasing his lead lap by lap ahead of second placed Plato.

Pit stops began on lap 10 with James Thompson, the first of the Astra Coupes, coming in early at the end of lap 11. Vauxhall Motorsport's Muller pitted on lap 12, handing Plato a temporary lead for two laps before the Oxford-based driver pitted at the end of 14.

Plato rejoined just as Thompson passed the pitlane exit and won the out-braking battle at the next corner. Plato trailed, waiting for his tyres to heat before successfully making his move on Thompson, leaving Muller with enough of a lead to cruise to the
chequered flag. Phil Bennett brought his battle-scarred Astra Coupe home fourth.



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Muller (left) and teammate Plato battle into the first turn at Mondello park.
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James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis with James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Marc Hynes (GBR) Quantel Bifold Racing MG6 GT and Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
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