Unsurprisingly there were mixed views to the last lap incident in the opening race of the World Touring Car Championship season finale in Macau that saw Augusto Farfus' title hopes end up in the barrier exiting Lisbao.

Farfus looked set to take advantage of the retirement of Yvan Muller on the penultimate lap to bring himself right back into contention for the title, with the eight points for second place ready to bring him to within two points of the title lead.

However, on the run to Lisbao, Gabriele Tarquini got a run on Farfus and then dived for the inside coming out of the turn, tipping the Brazilian into a spin that saw his title hopes end come to an abrupt end, with Farfus now out of the title race for the final race as Andy Priaulx goes up against James Thompson for the title.

"That is what we don't want to see and it isn't the first time it has happened," BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen said. "I am sorry for Yvan Muller as he drove a great race but this is racing. We have seen that a lot can happen and it isn't over yet, but our position [with Priaulx on pole and ahead in the standings] is a lot better than it was before race one."

Tarquini for his part insisted he had done nothing wrong.

"To be honest, he hit me," he said. "I was on the right hand side of him and he was slow out of Lisbao, I tried a move on the inside, he came over and I was there - there was nowhere for me to go, I couldn't just disappear."