Portugal: Muller happy with win despite 'tough race' conditions

Yvan Muller takes his first victory in Porto to extend his lead in the WTCC standings
Yvan Muller goes into the six week summer break in the World Touring Car Championship with a 122 point lead over nearest rival Michel Nykjaer after taking another win in the latest round of the year in Porto.

Although losing out in race two with a challenging seventh place finish, the Frenchman took full advantage of his pole position for race one and took a lights to flag victory, but was pressured throughout by team-mate in 'tough' conditions.

The triple champion also briefly spoke of team orders at RML, stating that there is 'no agreement' between the drivers as to who wins. It is every driver for himself as the championship enters the 'fly-away' races starting at the new Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina in August and ending in November at the legendary Macau circuit in the People's Republic of China.

The former British champion spoke of the 'hot conditions' he had to contend with throughout race one at the Circuito da Boavista in Porto.

"It was a tough race," said Muller, "especially with the temperatures; it was difficult not to make a mistake because it was about seventy degrees inside the car.

"You have to try and keep the brakes cool in these hot conditions and the tyre pressures were going up too, so I think we were all struggling a bit towards the end. My aim was to look after the brakes right from the beginning and that proved to be a good move.

"During the last three or four laps, it was really tough on the braking and I had to push harder and harder to get them to work.

"There is no agreement between Chilton and I for the races but we have the same car and I know it's difficult for him to overtake me. We have the same advantages and the same disadvantages – where I'm fast, he's fast and where I'm slow, he's slow – so overtaking is complicated, particularly on this kind of track."

by Dexter Fielding

Tagged as: Porto , RML , Yvan Muller

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