Augusto Farfus bounced back from his spectacular qualifying accident in the best possible way by triumphing in the second race World Touring Car race of the day around the streets of Pau.

Rewarding the BMW Team Germany squad for their enormous effort following qualifying to repair his heavily damaged 320si, Farfus made the most of his second place starting position to get out into the lead early and defend to the finish.

A dominant BMW 1-2, Andy Priaulx shadowed his team-mate across the line after making a concerted effort in the final laps to try and wrestle the race win away from the Brazilian but was nonetheless content with second place, five seconds up on Tiago Monteiro, who in turn recorded his second podium of the day.

The standing start produced a relatively even getaway for most, but with the rear-wheel drive BMWs starting second, third and fourth, pole sitter Jordi Gene was swamped into the first corner by a bevy of 3-Series', Farfus maintaining his status as the leading BMW to move into the lead, ahead of Priaulx, the somewhat bemused Gene and his countryman Porteiro.

However, although the tricky turn one posed no problems over the first two laps as the race settled into a rhythm, a coming together for Stefano D'Aste and Sergio Hernandez before the corner sent both off into the barriers. However, a further spin for Luca Rangoni and Miguel Freitas produced a chain reaction effect for Emmet O'Brien and Olivier Tielemans following behind.

Boxed in and with nowhere to go, the otherwise undamaged O'Brien and Tielemans were brought to a halt, forcing the safety car to make an appearance. Of the six victims, only two would restart, with Rangoni and Tielemans recovering but the heavily damaged D'Aste, Rangoni and Freitas going nowhere, while O'Brien was unable to get started again either.

Although the safety car managed to bunch the field up for three laps, Farfus and Priaulx wasted no time in losing Gene again at the restart, sprinting away for their own private battle as the SEAT tried to keep the close following Porteiro in his mirrors.

The other SEATs of Monteiro and Yvan Muller in fifth and seventh were each having to contend with a racy looking Chevrolet too, Rob Huff hassling Monteiro and race one winner Alain Menu bothering Muller.

With little space to pass though, the inevitable eventually happened on lap eleven when Porteiro slid his BMW down the inside of Gene at the hairpin, an unsurprisingly robust move on the tightest section of an already narrow circuit. With Gene on the back foot, Monteiro and Huff blasted through too.

Even better for Monteiro though, fourth became third almost straight away when Porteiro discovered his ambitious move was not going to pay off as he snaked his way around the next bend, his left-rear wheel badly damaged.

Seeing what a potential move could result in, the remaining few laps remained stagnant, with Michel Jourdain initially taking the last points paying position in eighth before being forced to retire. Instead, James Thompson would eventually inherit the place, albeit not before almost being punted into retirement by Alex Zanardi. Not that Huff and Menu did not try, the Chevrolet duo clearly eager to pass their SEAT rivals but not quite ever being in a position to try a realistic move.

Farfus though ran out the winner, the Brazilian still having to keep a keen Priaulx behind him in the final laps as the reigning champion tried his luck at pressuring his team-mate into a mistake. Nonetheless, second ensures a good points haul for the weekend and with Jorg Muller failing to score in either race, he now takes the sole lead of the championship.

Monteiro held on for another third place, his twelve points launching him up the championship order too, despite having missed the first meeting at Curitiba. Huff secured his second fourth place finish of the day on a strong weekend for Chevrolet, while Gene secured fifth place.

Muller kept Menu at bay to the chequered flag, although it was Thompson who would cross the line seventh when the Swiss driver appeared to slow on the final lap. He nonetheless grabbed the final point for eighth.

With the majority of Independent runners in the wars courtesy of the lap three pile-up, Exagon were able to celebrate a surprise 1-2 result with Pierre-Yves Corthals leading Anthony Beltoise, the latter himself being lucky to avoid a spinning Rangoni on the penultimate lap.



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