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> Paul Ricard, France; Sunday 15/10/95
> German Frank Biela won this year's FIA Touring Car World Cup decided over
> two races held at the Paul Ricard circuit in Southern France. The Audi
> ace won the first 26-lap race and finished runner-up in the second to take
> the blue riband title. Biela's team-mate Emanuele Pirro, the Italian
> Champion, tied with Britain's Steve Soper for second place but Pirro was
> awarded the place on account of his victory in the second race.
> Audi also announced at Paul Ricard that new World Cup winner Frank Biela
> would be contesting next year's Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car
> Championship. It will be the first time that Audi has entered Britain's
> premier series.
> In the first race Biela initially followed Pirro until the Italian went
> off the road on the fourth lap and fell back to an eventual seventh place.
> Soper led BMW's strong challenge but neither he, nor French Champion Yvan
> Muller, could quite get on terms with Biela's four-wheel-drive Audi.
> Behind them Johnny Cecotto (BMW) fought a race-long battle with Hans Stuck
> (Audi) for fourth position while Kelvin Burt (Ford) completed the top six.
> Alain Menu challenged Soper hard in the early stages but retired his
> Renault Laguna on lap nine with engine problems. Indeed, it was a bad race
> for the Williams-Renault team. Menu's team-mate Will Hoy, who had made up
> seven places on the first lap, was violently struck by Roberto Ravaglia's
> errant BMW.
> Ravaglia's exuberance also forced British champion John Cleland into a
> spin - the Scot dropped from 10th right back to 35th but fought his way up
> to 16th by the finish. "Ravaglia was just too fast into Beausset corner -
> he hit Hoy, breaking his suspension, and then spun me off. I was almost
> last but it was great fun charging up the field," said Cleland. Hoy and
> Cleland clashed again in the second race, sidelining the Scot on the spot
> and spinning the Englishman out of a top-10 finish. Renault, however,
> gained some consolation when Menu finished a gallant fifth.
> Having thrown away the first victory, Pirro made no mistakes in the
> second, leading from start to finish. Soper and Biela battled for the
> World Cup title, with the German eventually taking second place on lap 23.
> After a strong start, Muller had to be content with fourth.
> Paul Radisich, winner of the two previous FIA Touring Car World Cups, had
> a miserable weekend. He retired his Ford Mondeo from the first race with
> a puncture and could manage no better than 17th in the second after a
> FIA Touring Car World Cup - Race 1, 26 laps
> Paul Ricard, France 15/10/95
> 1 Frank Biela (Ger), Audi A4 - 39 minutes 02.263 seconds, 153.568kmh
> 2 Steve Soper (GB), BMW 318i - 4.911s
> 3 Yvan Muller (F), BMW 318i - 14.209s
> 4 Johnny Cecotto (Ven), BMW 318i - 17.665s
> 5 Hans Stuck (A), Audi A4 - 18.068s
> 6 Kelvin Burt (GB), Ford Mondeo - 25.134s
> 7 Emanuele Pirro (I), Audi A4 - 27.274s
> 8 Joachim Winkelhock, BMW 318i - 32.785s
> 9 David Brabham (AUS), BMW 318i - 33.381s
> 10 Rickard Rydell (S), Volvo 850 - 47.999s
> Fastest lap: Soper - 1:28.698s, 154.231kmh
> Pole position: Emanuele Pirro, Audi A4
> FIA Touring Car World Cup - Race 2, 26 laps
> 1 Pirro - 39 minutes 11.167 seconds, 151.278kmh
> 2 Biela - 2.211s
> 3 Soper - 3.570s
> 4 Muller - 6.554s
> 5 Alain Menu (CH), Renault Laguna - 13.294s
> 6 Cecotto - 16.405s
> 7 Rinaldo Capello (I), Audi A4 - 16.864s
> 8 Klaus Niedzwiedz (Ger), Honda Accord - 37.745s
> 9 Armin Hahne (Ger), Honda Accord - 38.697s
> 10 Anthony Reid (GB), Vauxhall Cavalier - 44.935s
> Fastest lap: Pirro - 1:29.172s, 153.411kmh
> Pole position: Emanuele Pirro, Audi A4
> Final FIA Touring Car World Cup points
> Drivers: 1 Biela, 70 points; 2 Pirro, 54; 3 Soper, 54; 4 Muller, 44; 5
> Cecotto, 35; 6 Burt 23...
> Manufacturers: 1 Audi, 126; 2 BMW, 98; 3 Honda, 44; 4 Ford, 36; 5
> Vauxhall, 26; 6 Renault, 23...
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