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[source: Autosport]

Chevrolet Cruze Takes First Pole and Victory in World Touring Car Championship

Huff clinches Cruze's first victory


Rob HuffRob Huff converted yeseterday's maiden pole position for the Chevrolet Cruze into the car's first victory in the opening World Touring Car race at Marrakech this afternoon.

The Briton made a solid job of the rolling start and was able to hold the flock of factory SEAT Leons at bay into the first corner. Huff was able to control the race thereafter, just over a second clear of runner-up Gabriele Tarquini throughout.

Tarquini pulled clear of his SEAT team-mate in second as Yvan Muller struggled to match the pace of the pair ahead. Muller fell a couple of seconds back and eventually surrendered the final podium place to Jordi Gene.

Tiago Monteiro completed the train of four SEATs in fifth place, with only Rickard Rydell absent. The Swede made a great start from his lowly 12th on the grid but his race lasted only until the second corner where he hit the back of Jorg Muller's BMW and spun. Muller himself had just hit the back of Alain Menu's Chevrolet as the field packed into the tight corner.

Menu continued to finish seventh, just behind team-mate Nicola Larini, and Muller followed him home in eighth. Local driver Mehdi Bennani had a great run to ninth place in his privately-entered SEAT Leon, while Andy Priaulx completed the top 10.

The only other incident of the race was when Tom Coronel got his SUNRED SEAT sideways and clouted the barrier with two laps to go after taking too much kerb in the chicane on the back straight.

Jorg Muller and Menu will share the front row for this afternoon's reverse grid race, ahead of Larini and Monteiro.

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