Chevrolet drivers Rob Huff and Yvan Muller have questioned why there wasn’t a safety car in race two, with the cars of Alain Menu and Alex MacDowall strewn across the gravel trap at Turn 9 for the last three laps of the race.
Alain Menu had suffered a puncture on Lap 9 in his Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T and had careered off into the barrier at high speed, with Alex MacDowall’s Bamboo Chevrolet also spinning off at the same corner moments later.
The incident was managed by yellow flags at the corner only, but with all five of the Chevrolet drivers and three out of the four SEATs in the race also suffering punctures, Rob Huff and Yvan Muller have questioned the decision not to deploy the safefy car as there could have been an even more severe accident.
“It’s a fast corner, it’s 200km/h, there are two cars in the gravel trap, imagine if I blew up my tyre not (in Turn 10) but (Turn 9), 200 metres earlier, I would have gone into them,” said Muller to TouringCarTimes. “It would not have made a difference to the result, as behind the safety car we have to do the same amount of laps anyway, but to not put the safety car out for that, it was not a good move.”
Race one winner Rob Huff, who was fortunate to be able to still cross the line in second place in race two despite the last minute puncture, echoed Muller’s sentiment.
“How there wasn’t a safety car with Alain and Alex in the barrier there I don’t know,” he said. “That’s probably one of the most dangerous positions a car can be. ”