Rob Huff secured a 1-2 for the American manufacturer on the home soil and Norbert Michelisz finished third, winning the Yokohama Trophy.
The first laps were action-packed, with the contact between Alain Menu and Gabriele Tarquini at the start and the fight for the lead between the Chevrolet trio.
After Menu vanished from the top positions, Michelisz was putting the pressure on the leading duo of Muller and Huff, while Tarquini was defending his fourth position from Alex MacDowall.
Behind them a quartet of BMW drivers delivered another close fight, and Tom Coronel managed to finish in eighth after starting 20th.
In terms of Drivers’ Championship, Muller made another small step towards the title.
Start – Menu and Tarquini make contact at Turn 2, Tarquini drops from second to fifth
Lap 1 – pile up at Turn 2 involves D’Aste, Dudukalo, O’Young, Chilton, Monje and Cerqui
Lap 2 – Monteiro overtakes Engstler for seventh; Nash overtakes Bennani for ninth
Lap 3 – Menu, Muller and Huff fight for the lead, fender to fender; Ng spins and rejoins
Lap 4 – Muller and Huff dive inside Menu at Turn 6; Menu drops to third and then slows down
Lap 5 – Menu pits for repairs; Bennani overtakes Nash for ninth
Lap 6 – Tarquini is closely chased by MacDowall; Nash drops down with technical problems
Lap 7 – Coronel hits Bennani who cuts a chicane
Lap 8 – Coronel dives inside Bennani at Turn 6, the collide and Bennani spins
Lap 11 – Oriola’s car stall on the straight, the Spaniard loses his tenth position
Lap 12 – Monteiro chases MacDowall for fifth
Lap 13 – Muller wins from Huff
A. Dudukalo: race incident; A. Cerqui: race incident; F. Monje: race incident
- Gabriele Tarquini