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Rob Huff closes gap with crucial Brazil win

Rob Huff has closed the gap in the World Touring Car Championship points, taking his third win of the season around the Curitiba Raceway in Brazil ahead of Alain Menu and Gabriele Tarquini.

Click here for the full Round 16 Results.

At the start, Michelisz used the advantage of the BMW 320TC to hold onto the lead ahead of Tom Coronel while Tarquini had moved into third and Huff had climbed up to fifth, and the following lap saw Tarquini slot into second with Tiago Monteiro third.

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Coronel lost four positions in one move at the end of the second lap as the Chevrolet trio passed the Dutchman and Alexey Dudukalo joined in the fun.

Up at the front, Michelisz continued to lead the way despite the pressure from Tarquini, and the Hungarian held the advantage until the end of the two lap Safety Car period.

Franz Engstler and Liqui Moly Team Engstler team-mate Charles Kaki Ng both ended their races in the gravel and this saw the Safety Car deployed for two laps, and once the Safety Car had been withdrawn, Tarquini took full advantage.

Michelisz dropped back from first to fifth in one lap as the Chevrolet trio all found their way ahead of the Yokohama Independent driver but Michelisz was able to stay on their tail.

Huff made the decisive move on the 11th lap, as he took the lead from Tarquini around the outside into the first corner and once ahead, he built up an advantage while the Italian set about defending from Menu and Muller.

Two laps later and Menu was into second and Tarquini was slow exiting the chicane but was able to hold his position from Muller until the flag.

Huff secured his third victory by a second from Menu, with Tarquini, Muller and Michelisz rounding out the top five. The top ten was completed by Michel Nykjaer, Coronel, Mehdi Bennani, Monteiro and Dudukalo.

The results have seen Huff close the advantage to Muller to 17 points while Menu is a further 20 points back, while Michelisz has moved into the lead of the Yokohama Independents’ trophy after his closest rival, Pepe Oriola, failed to finish.

Rounds 17 and 18 of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship take place over the 22/23 September from the Sonoma Raceway in California.

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