Macau, China, 22 Nov – Italian driver Gabriele Tarquini (47) secured the 2009 WTCC driver’s title with a fifth-place finish in a second race in Macau today.
Brazilian Augusto Farfus (26) was awarded the victory as the action was stopped after just eight laps following a massive crash involving Felix Porteiro, Franz Engstler and Andre Couto.
SEAT driver Tarquini had gone in to the final race of the season with a six-point advantage over team-mate and title rival French driver Yvan Muller.
But Muller’s third place finish was not enough to overhaul the Italian as BMW duo Farfus and Jorg Muller took the first two positions in the race.
Despite their 1-2, BMW were denied the manufacturers’ title as SEAT drivers Jordi Gene and Tiago Monteiro finished strongly to secure the championship for the Spanish marque.