30 June 2013
Portugal: Nash takes dominant race two victory
James Nash keeps his cool in the heat of Porto to run away with race two at the Circuito da Boavista street track
James Nash took a lights-to-flag victory in race two in Porto to claim the last European win of the 2013 FIA WTCC season.
It was a pretty simple job for the former BTCC race winner, who he took the lead from his reverse grid pole position at the start, kept out of trouble and won by more than five seconds from fellow Brit, Rob Huff.
The result puts the Bamboo Engineering pilot right back in contention again for the Yokohama Independent Trophy.
Huff meanwhile just managed to keep Nykjaer at bay to take the runners-up spot in his SEAT.
Another third for Nykjaer ensures that the NIKA Racing man now has a clear second place in the overall WTCC standings. It also means he keeps his slim lead in the Independents category.
Pepe Oriola took fourth – just like he did in race one - passing a few cars along the way, but not managing to find his way up onto the rostrum. Still it was a strong run for the Spaniard on his debut weekend with the Chevrolet Cruze.
Behind, Munnich Motorsport driver, Marc Basseng had a strong weekend and grabbed a handful of points for fifth.
James Thompson was next up and sixth in his LADA, managing to keep championship leader, and race one winner, Yvan Muller at bay and back in P7. Still seventh wasn't disastrous for the Frenchman and he now leads the title race by 122 points.
Further back, Tom Coronel took eighth and was again the top BMW ahead of Tom Chilton, who slipped back to ninth. Mehdi Bennani rounded out the top ten and took the last points on offer after a good run with his ProTeam BMW car.
Of the rest, home town hero, Tiago Monteiro, just missed out on points in what was another poor and trying weekend for the Castrol JAS Honda Racing team. He fended off the often sideways Stefano D'aste in twelfth, who couldn't emulate his race one points' finish. Darryl O'Young again kept out of trouble for a dramatic-less P13. Hugo Valente had a better race and took 14th, ahead of Charles Ng, Nikolay Karamishev and Alex MacDowall, the latter having a dreadful weekend.
Franz Engstler, Mikhail Kozlovskiy and Gabriele Tarquini were the final three to see the chequered flag in positions 18 though to 20. Tarquini now slips to fifth in the championship standings.
Three drivers' failed to finish, namely Freddy Barth, Rene Munnich and Fernando Monje. Barth crashed into the barriers with two laps to go, while Munnich and Monje were sidelined by mechanical issues.
Tom Boardman and Norbert Michelisz both failed to start as a result of damage sustained in the first race.
The WTCC now takes a break, before heading to Argentina at the start of August for the first of five fly-away races.
by Dexter Fielding
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