Yvan Muller had something of a near-perfect weekend at the fourth round of the World Touring Car Championship at the Hungaroring.

The Frenchman claimed pole position and victory in race one, his third of the season, in the process setting the WTCC lap record round the Budapest track and increasing his championship lead over his nearest rival, Castrol JAS Honda's Gabriele Tarquini, but was made to work hard by Hungarian hero, Norbert Michelisz.

"My car was very good today," Muller commented, "It was important to keep the field behind me at the first turn and I managed to do so. Then I did my best to drive well and to keep my tyres performing.

"I knew Michelisz was going to be fast after mid-race, because he showed all weekend he had a very good pace after a few laps. I tried to create a gap, and then he came back closer while I was saving my tyres. Then I pushed again for the last two laps to be safe.

"I could feel the crowd, I am sure they were expecting me to make a mistake. I made a small one at turn four and Norbert was close and gave me a hard time."

With 2009 champion Tarquini finishing third in race one and posting a DNF in race two after a monster crash, Muller's fifth place helps to open up a healthy-looking 46-point lead going into Salzburgring in two weekend's time.

by Dexter Fielding