What a weekend! The six-week break since my last World Touring Car Championship event in Portugal did nothing to dull my drive to win, and I was at my best in Brazil.
A top three in qualifying, a podium in race one and a win in race two saw me close the gap on championship leader Yvan Muller, with only 17 points separating us after rounds 15 and 16.
One of the most surprising things about the weekend was the weather.
On the day I arrived it was a cool four degrees but rose into the twenties by the end of the weekend.
Race one was a 1-2-3 for Chevy.
At the beginning I had to ward off a strong start by Gabriele Tarquini, but I was able to keep my nose ahead.
Alain Menu and I then proceeded to push leader Yvan for the remainder of the race and at the chequered flag there was a mere second between us.
Race two then looked set to pose a tougher challenge, but from a reverse grid position of eighth I was able to make up two positions as the lights turned green.
I then continued making progress through the field, and by lap seven I had climbed into second position after a series of lovely, clean overtakes.
On lap 11 I took my chance, overtaking leader Tarquini around the outside, probably one of the best moves I've ever made.
I went on to take the chequered flag, and going into the two month break I’m on a real high.
The majority of the other WTCC drivers will be using this break to chill out and rest between races but I’m actually getting married, so I’m really looking forward to the break.
Have a great summer: I’ll be back before the next round at Sonoma in the USA.
- Yvan Muller
- Gabriele Tarquini