Sebastien Loeb has been handed his fourth WTCC victory of the season in race two at the Thailand event after Tiago Monteiro was excluded for a technical fault.

Loeb, who finished second in the race and had been hunting down the Honda driver in the closing stages before poor visibility prematurely red-flagged the race, takes the victory hours after the end of the event because Monteiro was excluded from the results due to his Civic failing a ground clearance check.

All WTCC cars must clear the track surface by a minimum of 60 millimetres but Monteiro's car fell below that limit on its left-hand side. Honda says it will appeal the decision to the FIA International Court of Appeal.

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The result sees Loeb leapfrog Citroen team-mate Yvan Muller into second place in the WTCC drivers' championship after Muller suffered a double retirement due to two first-lap clashes.

In race two Citroen gained a 1-2-3 result with Ma Qing Hua second and recently crowned WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez in third.