Alain Menu and Stefano D’Aste have shared race victories at Suzuka, while Yvan Muller and Rob Huff collected the same number of points, meaning that they are still equal in leading the standings.
The top positions remained nearly frozen in both races. Those who started at the front managed to defend their positions.
However, the races were not boring at all, with the drivers changing lines at all the braking points and with countless close fights for the positions that resulted in a few contacts, like the one between Mehdi Bennani and Aleksei Dudukalo in Race 1.
In the first race, the Chevrolet trio pulled away, leaving Gabriele Tarquini to defend his fourth position from the attacks of a brilliant Alex MacDowall.
The second race was even closer, with D’Aste chased by Pepe Oriola, Tarquini, Bennani and the Chevrolets that, for once, were not in the position to benefit from their superior power.
With Muller and Huff still on equal points, the fight for the Drivers’ Championship is getting hotter and hotter, while Chevrolet grabbed the Manufacturers’ title after Saturday’s qualifying.
The battle for the Yokohama Trophy is even closer. Oriola has reduced the gap from Norbert Michelisz to ten points, while D’Aste and MacDowell are only a few further points adrift.
The championship will resume in two weeks at Shanghai, on November 4, for Rounds 21 and 22.

Suzuka East Circuit
Suzuka East Circuit – 19 / 21 October 2012

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