1994 FIA Touring Car World Cup
|1994 FIA Touring Car World Cup|
The 1994 FIA Touring Car World Cup was the second running of the FIA Touring Car World Cup. It was held on October 16, 1994 at Donington Park in the United Kingdom. Unlike the previous year's edition, the 1994 event was ran over just a single race. Paul Radisich won the event for a second time, while Germany was the winning nation.
Initially, it was John Cleland that made the best getaway, vaulting from his grid position of fourth to take an early lead from front-row starters Paul Radisich and Steve Soper. Several drivers meanwhile, including Shaun van der Linde, Kieth O’Dor, Jan Lammers, David Leslie and Phillipe Gache were eliminated from the race almost immediately after a multi-car collision in the middle of the pack. Later in the lap, Alain Menu clouted the rear of Frank Biela’s Audi on the approach to the Melbourne Hairpin, resulting in the Swiss driver’s retirement. It was at this point the red flags were shown to allow the numerous stranded cars to be moved.
At the restart, Cleland failed to replicate his excellent start, the top four rounding the first corner in grid order. Stefano Modena rammed the rear of Anthony Reid’s Vauxhall at the Esses on the first lap, taking both men out of the race, whilst Gabriele Tarquini’s late braking two corners later at Goddards resulted in the retirement of both Cleland and Emanuele Pirro, both of whom had passed Tarquini at the previous corner. Tarquini continued but lost several positions as he recovered from the grass.
This promoted Tim Harvey into third position behind Radisich and Soper, but his retirement due to head gasket failure ended a miserable day for the Renault team. Biela thus assumed third position from Joachim Winkelhock and Roberto Ravaglia, though the latter would soon lose fifth position after being pressured into out-braking himself at the Esses by a resurgent Tarquini and Yvan Muller. Winkelhock later made light contact with compatriot Biela as the pair battled for third position. This cost Biela two positions, though the German would then beach his Audi in the gravel at Coppice as he attempted to catch up.
Radisich was able to maintain his healthy advantage over Soper to secure his second consecutive World Cup, with Winkelhock holding off Tarquini to complete the podium. After Biela’s retirement, Hans-Joachim Stuck finished in fifth after qualifying in a lowly 21st, with Johnny Cecotto, Muller and Markus Oestrich rounding out the top eight finishers. Soper and Winkelhock’s podium finishes were sufficient for BMW to win the manufacturers title, whilst the efforts of Winkelhock, Stuck and Oestrich secured Germany the Nations Cup.
|1||Paul Radisich||25 Laps in 41'56.73s||1||40|
|21||Slim Borgudd||1 Lap||39|
|22||Matt Neal||1 Lap||36|
|23||Per-Gunnar Andersson||1 Lap||37|
|24||Antonio Tamburini||1 Lap||31|
|Ret||Tim Harvey||Head Gasket||5|
|Ret||Phillipe Gache||Accident Damage||24|
|NS||Alain Menu||Accident (1st start)||7|
|NS||Shaun van der Linde||Accident (1st start)||22|
|NS||Kieth O'Dor||Accident (1st start)||25|
|NS||Jan Lammers||Accident (1st start)||27|
|NS||David Leslie||Accident (1st start)||28|
|NS||Milos Bychl||Accident (1st start)||38|