Spaniard Antonio Garcia's BMW 320i locks up the wheels as Farfus in pursuit of Muller's Team Deutschland BMW 320i
Italian Fabrizio Giovanardi's Alfa Romeo 156 leads German Dirk Muller's Team Deutschland BMW 320i
James Thompson's Alfa 156 narrowly leads Muller (BMW), and the Alfa of Augusto Farfuz
The first corner of the first race of the World Touring Car Championships and Dirk Muller's BMW leads the way
James Thompson topped the podium in race two, ahead of Dirk Muller and Antonio Garcia
April 11, 2005: The inaugural World Touring Car Championship, which has lifted touring car racing to the same level as Formula One and the World Rally Championship, got underway at the weekend (9-10 April 2005) in Italy, with race honours split between the two top teams, BMW and Alfa Romeo. Alfa Romeo went into the race the favourites, after a dominating first practice two weeks ago at the historic Monza track. But conditions for Round One - cold and bleak - were very different and after the cancellation of Friday's practice due to the funeral of The Pope, BMW's Dirk Muller clinched pole position on Saturday for the first of the two races in round one of the 2005 WTCC.
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