The 2009 WTCC season review
The challenges of previous champions Andy Priaulx and Yvan Muller fell by the wayside as 47-year-old Gabriele Tarquini sealed his maiden world crown
Yvan Muller was out to defend his world title, but with opposition coming from SEAT team-mate Gabriele Tarquini, the BMWs of former champion Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus, and the leading Chevrolet of Rob Huff, the battle was set to rage from the opening race in March all the way to the final lap in November. This is how the year unfolded.
Round 1 Curitiba, March 7-8
Yvan Muller got his title defence off to a perfect start with victory in the Brazil season opener. He led a train of four factory SEATs with the Chevrolets and BMWs disappearing into the distance behind.
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