Tiago Monteiro has given his faithful Portuguese fans exactly what they wanted to see in the second World Touring Car race of the weekend at Estoril.

The home hero made the most of his reverse grid front row to overtake Felix Porteiro for the lead on the second lap and romp home a comfortable winner in front his adoring fans. The win signals his second of the season after his maiden WTCC triumph at Mexico earlier this season.

With Porteiro's rear-wheel drive BMW starting from pole position and Monteiro alongside him in the torquey diesel SEAT, the honours were relatively even off the line with the Spaniard slotting ahead of Monteiro and Andy Priaulx.

With the Leon struggling with tyre issues at the end of the first race, Monteiro was particularly eager to get past Porteiro on the first lap, with the former Formula 1 driver pulling alongside on several occasions but ultimate failing in his objective.

He eventually made a decisive move on lap two when he tracked Porteiro around the outside of the Parabolica Interior left-hander and swept through on the run down to Orelha. Although Porteiro gave chase initially, Monteiro was able to eke away relatively easily.

Compared to the chaotic first race, there were no such dramas further down the field over the first lap, although there were plenty of tussles to enjoy further down the order.

The battle for third was particularly noteworthy with Priaulx fending off the attentions of Yvan Muller, who in turn had just overtaken team-mate Jordi Gene. With the Frenchman making the most of his car's fresh tyres and superior straight line speed, he too got past Priaulx into third place on lap three.

However, with Muller, carrying plenty of success ballast after finishing third in the first race, evidently struggling with his brakes, Priaulx was straight back on his tail and chasing him for the remainder of the race.

Nonetheless, Muller's strength in a straight line was enough to prevent Priaulx from ever getting close enough to get a clean shot at an overtake. In fact, Priaulx's best chance came on the penultimate lap when Muller caught Porteiro as the Spaniard seemingly began struggling with tyre woes.

However, before Priaulx could capitalise, Muller pulled off a fine pass at Interior to snatch second place. Although Priaulx followed him through into third, he wouldn't be able to deny his rival a well deserved second place finish.

But while Muller was left to celebrate a very successful weekend, the day was all about Monteiro as he crossed the line to rapturous applause and cheering.

Behind Priaulx in third, Porteiro held on for fourth place, with Chevrolet duo Rob Huff and Nicola Larini closely following in fifth and sixth.

Jorg Muller endured an entertaining race as he diced - occasionally robustly - with several drivers before eventually settling for seventh, ahead of race one winner Rickard Rydell.

Having lost out on the chance to win in the first race, Sergio Hernandez completed a comfortable victory this time in the Independents Trophy ahead of Stefano D'Aste and Tom Boardman, the Brit overcoming his disappointing first race to battle his way up to an impressive third in the SUNRED SEAT.

In the championship standings, Gabriele Tarquini - who finished 11th in the second race - holds onto the lead, despite failing to a single score point all weekend. Second and third for Muller though moves him to within just a point of his team-mate with Rydell third, ten points behind. Heading to their home round at Brands Hatch, Priaulx and Huff are now classified fourth and fifth in the standings.


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