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Norbert Michelisz has secured a maiden WTCC win as a factory Honda driver in a lights-to-flag performance at Motegi.

With Tom Chilton and Thed Bjork looking to attack Michelisz over the opening laps the pair held one another up and were quickly shuffled back through the pack to see Rob Huff into second and Tiago Monteiro third.

Jose Maria Lopez moved to the cusp on a third-straight WTCC championship title with fourth place for Citroen ahead of team-mate Yvan Muller with Bjork having to settle for sixth ahead of top Lada driver Nicky Catsburg.

Chilton claimed eighth as WTCC rookie Nestor Girolami claimed a debut points finish in front of Gabriele Tarquini in 10th.