Menu less enamoured with Thompson.

While James Thompson found himself reaping the plaudits from his superb World Touring Car win at Imola, there was one driver who wasn't quite so pleased to see the Honda driver on top of the podium.

Indeed, Alain Menu feels aggrieved about his retirement in the first race at the hands of Thompson following a collision that he blamed firmly on the Brit.

Thompson was on a charge from a bad start and was fighting over fourth with Menu coming up to the first corner. However, when Thompson dived to the left, Menu defended, forcing the Honda on the grass. The pair made contact and Menu was spun around into the gravel trap.

Although a drive-thru penalty for Thompson was expected, no call from the stewards occurred, leaving Menu to brand the move unfair.

“I said before the start I was going to try something at the chicane, but it was too risky, so I settled for fourth behind Rob. Then on the seventh lap Thompson came flying across the grass and took me straight off. Hardly a fair manoeuvre I think.

Running a special 'black and gold' livery this weekend following a competition run earlier in the season, Menu went on to finish 12th in the second race in order to save himself and the car for Monza.

“So with nothing to gain from the second race, we decided to detune the engine a bit and save it for Monza. I still finished in 12th, so I'm glad the art car finished at least one race.”

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Alain Menu and James Thompson tangle at Imola [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Alain Menu
Michel Vaillant - Alain Menu
Ryo Michigami, Honda Racing Team JAS [Credit: WTCC]
Tom Coronel, Roal Chevrolet [Credit: WTCC media]
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Tiago Monteiro - Castrol Honda Civic WTCC   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Francois Flammand]
Tiago Monteiro - Castrol Honda Civic WTCC   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Alexandre Guillaumot]
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic
Tiago Monteiro - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Castrol Honda, WTCC [Credit: Honda]
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda

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