Jorg Muller has hailed his BMW's kindness to tyres after claiming his first World Touring Car win of the season at Brands Hatch.
Coming at the expense of Rob Huff, who dropped out of the lead when he suffered a puncture with only three laps to go, Muller was ideally placed to capitalise and duly romped home a seven second winner over Yvan Muller.
The first time he has topped the rostrum this season, Muller admits he had confidence in his car's ability to protect his tyres until the end of the race as temperatures around the Kent circuit rose significantly.
Nonetheless, while Muller was certainly catching Huff towards the end of the race, he admits it probably would have still taken a problem like his puncture for him to get ahead.
“BMW is always smooth on the tyres, so it is normal that the front-wheel drive cars are quick on the first few laps, but even if I caught Rob, then I don't know whether I'd have been able to get past him.”
“It happens in racing, especially at Brands because of the kerbs, so if you attack them too hard then something like that does happen. I tried to avoid them because a puncture here doesn't come down to the driving, but usually to the kerbs.”
Following a season peppered with various incidents, Muller was pleased to finish fourth in the second race too and come away with 15 points in total - comfortably the most of any driver. Indeed, the German driver was particularly satisfied about not being involved in the first corner melee that eliminated team-mate Augusto Farfus.
“It is always very hard at the start because you need to focus on everything, not just in front of you. I was lucky not to hit Augusto because I dived straight down the inside, which is what I didn't do last year and I ended up spinning. The start was the key to the race.”