World Touring Car Championship: Jose Maria Lopez extends points advantage
Last Updated: 25/05/14 4:44pm
Jose Maria Lopez: Took victory in the second race at the Salzburgring
World Touring Car Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez extended his advantage at the top of the points standings after victory in the second race at Salzburg.
Nearest rival Yvan Muller had briefly closed the gap to 16 points with a lights-to-flag win in the opening race at the Salzburgring, but the Frenchman retired after a collision on the first lap of the second race and Lopez seized his chance.
Two safety car appearances in the second race, the first when Muller and Rob Huff were unwittingly involved, contributed to Lopez's success.
On the first restart he passed three Honda cars in a sequence and was pushing leader Gabriele Tarquini when the safety car came out again.
That made it easier for the Argentinian to take the lead and go on to win with Tarquini leading home a trio of Honda cars.
The second race was a stark contrast to the first for Muller, who made the most of his pole position to win with a mistake by Lopez in overshooting the first chicane allowing Dutchman Tom Coronel to take second and hold off the Argentinian in the closing stages.
Lopez now has a 41-point advantage over defending champion Muller as the halfway stage of the season approaches.