Alain Menu followed the lead of Chevrolet team-mate Rob Huff in securing his first win of the World Touring Car Championship season in the second race at Valencia.
Menu came home ahead of race one winner Huff to take the win as the pair held off he challenge of BMW pairing Andy Priaulx and Jorg Muller who finished in third and fourth in the 13 lap encounter.
SEAT Sport drivers were involved in the battle for point positions and four of them - led by Gabriele Tarquini - filled the spots between fifth and eighth; this enabled Tarquini to stretch his championship lead to eight points. Sergio Hernandez, of Proteam Motorsport, claimed his first WTCC victory on his home circuit, after a tough fight with Pierre-Yves Corthals.
Priaulx sprinted to the lead at the start, beating pole sitter Menu in the run down to the first corner. They were chased by Jorg Muller, Nicola Larini and Yvan Muller. After starting eighth on the reverse grid, Huff began to recover positions and within three laps he got past Tarquini, Gene, Yvan Muller and Larini to get into fourth.
On lap three, Menu was able to strike back and overtook Priaulx for the lead and the reigning world champion found himself chased closely by Jorg Muller.
Yvan Muller, Larini, Gene and Tarquini were bumping into each other at every corner, Monteiro and Thompson had a couple of brutal collisions and the Portuguese man was given a drive-through penalty as a result.
While Menu was creating a gap, Huff overtook Jorg Muller for third on lap seven. Coming from the back of the field, Farfus jumped ahead of Rydell and Gene to claim seventh position; however he and Yvan Muller collided while fighting for the fifth place; this was the end of Farfus' race, while the Frenchman slipped down to eighth.
On lap nine, Huff squeezed past Priaulx and moved up to second, while Porteiro provided one last thrill overtaking Thompson for tenth. However the race belonged to Menu with his first win of the year.