The World Touring Car Championship’s first event at the Salzburgring in Austria had two faces: the first race was another (predictable) 1-2-3 for Chevrolet, while the second saw Independent youngster Stefano D’Aste claiming his first win after a dramatic last lap.
Rob Huff took his first victory of his 2012 campaign in style with a lights-to-flag victory for Chevrolet in the first of the afternoon’s races, narrowly squeaking blue-suited team-mates Yvan Muller and Alain Menu.
After qualifying on pole, Huff was first into the chicane at turn one and, despite determined challenges from Muller which twice saw the French driver alongside Huff on the fast uphill section of the circuit, the Englishman managed to hold on.
Despite playing third fiddle to the challenge ahead, Menu still closely shadowed the two leaders throughout the race, a nip here and there being thrown in for good measure, though ultimately not enough to overhaul last year’s Championship top two ahead of him. Still, the Chevy trio may have dominated the opening race, but they at least were courteous enough to treat the Austrian fans to a good show.