On the next lap Priaulx was overtaken by Farfus
and a tight battle began for the rest of the race, with
Priaulx putting the Alfa man under great pressure; while
Rickard Rydell was closely chasing them in third position.
The Briton mounted many attacks at the Lisboa bend but
without success. Meanwhile, title contender Dirk Müller, was
placed fourth. Giovanardi, the third man within reach of the
championship, lost all chances of victory when, at turn 16,
he crashed due to a broken suspension. His car was able to
move despite the fact it was without its front right left
wheel but the Italian soon ground to a halt. The final lap
saw more drama as Dirk Müller fell from 4th to 10th after an
In spite of suffering for an aching back, after he was
involved in the pile up at the start, Stefano D’Aste won the
independent race with 11th position overall. However Marc
Hennerici of Weichers-Sport won the Independent Trophy
following the retirement of rivals Coronel and Giuseppe Cirò.
Andy Priaulx claimed the FIA WTCC. Dirk
Müller, who was the only other driver in a position to
become champion, crashed into the Lisboa bend on lap three
of the second race and did not finish. Giovanardi did not
start the race due to the damage obtained in Race 1.
In the race, Duncan Huisman came from third to first off the
start and held onto pole for the entire race while Priaulx
came from 7th to 2nd. Alain Menu claimed 3rd position and
achieved Chevrolet’s first podium. The Lacetti’s durability
was tested however as Menu scraped the wall at Lisboa for
two consecutive laps in the opening of the race.
The corner was not as forgiving for Stefano D’Aste however,
because on lap 2 he crashed and did not continue. James
Thompson also had problems during the second lap and retired
to the pits shortly afterwards.
Lap three saw Carl Rosenblad’s crash, handing the
independent lead to Adriano De Micheli but this was short
lived as the JAS Motorsport man was involved in an accident
with Peter Scharmach, Robert Huff and Marc Hennerici at
Fishermen’s bend. Following this incident, Giuseppe Cirò was
the only independent driver to complete the race. The safety
car was deployed for a period of 4 laps while the four cars
and their debris were cleared. On the penultimate lap Nicola
Larini went straight at Lisboa losing fourth position. Menu
was later excluded by the Stewards because only one litre of
fuel was left in his car’s tank, compared to the minimum
three required by the regulations.