Belgian fans flocked to the Zolder track in a sunny Easter Sunday and were rewarded by two close races that saw Rob Huff and Gabriele Tarquini sharing victories in WTCC round 2.
The second race was one of the most exciting ever with Gabriele Tarquini and his SEAT León TDi being able to interrupt Chevrolet’s supremacy.
“This has been a great and unexpected result. Zolder is a very technical track, maybe the one in the championship that suits better to our car, and this helped me today. It is difficult to overtake here and when I managed to stay ahead after the first lap I said myself that it was my opportunity to go for a victory. I knew that Rob (Huff) would have hesitated to take great risks not to jeopardize his championship hopes, but when he did it I was ready to take an even greater risk, because today for me it was a matter of victory or nothing!”
After being forth in the first race in Zolder, Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI) put in a fantastic effort to claim his first victory of the season in the second race and stop Chevrolet winning streak after three consecutive successes.
Having inherited pole on the reverse grid as Fredy Barth was unable to make the field, Tarquini took a great start and managed to keep the Chevrolet trio behind. In the first half of the race the Italian did not offer Rob Huff any opportunity for overtaking and when the Briton tried to muscle his way past him, Tarquini proved he still has enough grit to defend the lead.
Tiago Monteiro finished the first race as fifth, in the second race he climbed the podium with third place. Michel Nykjaer (SEAT) finished eighth and fifth.
The championship will resume at Monza, Italy, on May 15th for rounds 5 and 6.
- Volkswagen Group