2005 FIA WTCC Race of UK

The Race of UK was the third round of the 2005 World Touring Car Championship season. It was held at the Silverstone Circuit at Silverstone in Britain on May 15, 2005. Gabriele Tarquini won the first race from pole in an Alfa Romeo 1-2-3-4, and Rickard Rydell took a historic first win for SEAT after Andy Priaulx's tyre burst with three laps to go while leading.

United Kingdom 2005 Race of UK
Race details
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DateMay 15, 2005
LocationSilverstone, United Kingdom
CourseSilverstone Circuit
3.619 kilometres (2.249 mi)
Race One
Laps 14
Pole position
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini Alfa Romeo Racing Team
Time 1:25.639
Podium
First Italy Gabriele Tarquini Alfa Romeo Racing Team
Second United Kingdom James Thompson Alfa Romeo Racing Team
Third Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo Racing Team
Fastest Lap
Driver Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo Racing Team
Time 1:26.969
Race Two
Laps 14
Podium
First Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport
Second United Kingdom Jason Plato SEAT Sport
Third Italy Gabriele Tarquini Alfa Romeo Racing Team
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK
Time 1:26.730

ReportEdit

QualifyingEdit

After BMW's domination in Magny-Cours, Alfa Romeo fought back here by taking the first three places in qualifying. Gabriele Tarquini took pole for them, with teammates James Thompson and Fabrizio Giovanardi close behind him. Andy Priaulx was the first of the BMWs in fourth, and Peter Terting got his best qualifying for SEAT in fifth.[1]

Race 1Edit

Pole position man Gabriele Tarquini took off at the start in his Alfa Romeo, with Andy Priaulx jumping up to second from fourth in his home race. Fabrizio Giovanardi, James Thompson and Augusto Farfus followed in three more Alfas. The Alfas set about their task, with Giovanardi getting second from Priaulx before the first lap was complete, with Thompson and Farfus following him soon after, but this allowed Tarquini to quickly get a 1.5 second lead. Behind the top 5, Antonio García was running sixth ahead of the SEATS of Peter Terting and Jason Plato. Giovanardi was unable to close in on Tarquini, despite not allowing his countryman to pull further away. The former was passed by Thompson on lap 4, and the Brit began to close in on Tarquini, with Giovanardi in tow. Priaulx stayed with the Alfas in the early stages, but then got dropped. García now suffered from problems, and was passed by the SEATS of Terting, Plato and Rickard Rydell. At the front, Thompson was unable to pass Tarquini despite putting him under pressure. Tarquini thus took the win with Thompson, Giovanardi and Farfus completing the Alfa 1-2-3-4 ahead of Priaulx's BMW and the three SEATS driven by Terting, Rydell and Plato. The Independent's Trophy was won by Tom Coronel who finished 14th.[2]

Race 2Edit

SEAT cars of Plato, Rydell and Terting started 1-2-3 on the reverse grid, but however it was Priaulx who overtook all three of them at the start to take the lead, with Dirk Müller sensationally jumping from 10th to 4th in his BMW as Fabrizio Giovanardi stalled and resumed in last. A collision between García and Robert Huff's Chevrolet brought out the safety car. The race restarted after 3 laps with Priaulx leading Rydell, Plato, Dirk Müller, Terting, Farfus, Tarquini and Thompson. Priaulx kept his lead but Rydell stayed right with him, whereas Plato was unable to and had to defend from Dirk Müller. Farfus quickly dealt with Terting, and as Tarquini tried to do these same, Thompson sneaked up on both of them. There was contact, and Thompson was sent spinning into the gravel and retired. Priaulx continued to lead with Rydell putting him under pressure; but with 3 laps left, Priaulx suffered a puncture and retired. Rydell gratefully took the lead, with Plato and Dirk Müller following, but soon Tarquini and Farfus passed Dirk. Jordi Gené also did the same in his SEAT, and behind him Jörg Müller took 7th from Terting, clipping the latter into a spin. Rydell took his first career win, with Plato completing a SEAT 1-2 by holding off Tarquini and Farfus. Gene, Dirk and Jörg Müller followed, with Giovanardi recovering to take the final point. Marc Hennerici took his fourth Independents Trophy by finishing 9th.[2]

ClassificationEdit

Race 1Edit

Pos No Driver Team Car Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2   Gabriele Tarquini Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 14 20:35.654 1 10
2 3   James Thompson Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 14 +1.287 2 8
3 6   Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 14 +1.626 3 6
4 7   Augusto Farfus Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 14 +1.924 6 5
5 1   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320i 14 +4.386 4 4
6 10   Peter Terting SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 14 +5.595 5 3
7 8   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 14 +6.095 8 2
8 11   Jason Plato SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 14 +10.187 7 1
9 42   Jörg Müller BMW Team Deutschland BMW 320i 14 +11.611 11
10 43   Dirk Müller BMW Team Deutschland BMW 320i 14 +12.170 25
11 9   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 14 +13.542 10
12 26   Roberto Colciago JAS Motorsport Honda Accord Euro R 14 +17.103 12
13 21   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 14 +21.842 18
14 20 IT   Tom Coronel GR Asia SEAT Toledo Cupra 14 +22.195 13
15 5   Antonio García BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320i 14 +26.590 9
16 19 IT   Valle Mäkelä GR Asia SEAT Toledo Cupra 14 +27.621 20
17 32 IT   Marc Hennerici Wiechers-Sport BMW 320i 14 +34.754 23
18 15   Thomas Jäger Ford Hotfiel Sport Ford Focus 14 +38.982 26
19 14   Thomas Klenke Ford Hotfiel Sport Ford Focus 14 +39.293 24
20 27 IT   Adriano de Micheli JAS Motorsport Honda Accord Euro R 14 +39.547 21
21 28 IT   Carl Rosenblad Crawford Racing BMW 320i 14 +40.512 19
22 31 IT   Giuseppe Cirò Proteam Motorsport BMW 320i 14 +40.708 22
23 4   Alex Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320i 13 Collision 14
Ret 30 IT   Stefano D'Aste Proteam Motorsport BMW 320i 4 Retirement 17
Ret 23   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 0 Collision 15
Ret 22   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 0 Collision 16

Race 2Edit

Pos No Driver Team Car Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 14 21:43.465 2 10
2 11   Jason Plato SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 14 +4.709 1 8
3 2   Gabriele Tarquini Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 14 +5.049 8 6
4 7   Augusto Farfus Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 14 +5.557 5 5
5 9   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 14 +6.712 11 4
6 43   Dirk Müller BMW Team Deutschland BMW 320i 14 +7.239 10 3
7 42   Jörg Müller BMW Team Deutschland BMW 320i 14 +14.616 9 2
8 6   Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 14 +19.599 6 1
9 32 IT   Marc Hennerici Wiechers-Sport BMW 320i 14 +23.685 17
10 19 IT   Valle Mäkelä GR Asia SEAT Toledo Cupra 14 +23.973 16
11 31 IT   Giuseppe Cirò Proteam Motorsport BMW 320i 14 +24.464 22
12 28 IT   Carl Rosenblad Crawford Racing BMW 320i 14 +25.124 21
13 23   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 14 +25.422 26
14 20 IT   Tom Coronel GR Asia SEAT Toledo Cupra 14 +27.095 14
15 27 IT   Adriano de Micheli JAS Motorsport Honda Accord Euro R 14 +27.140 20
16 10   Peter Terting SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 14 +27.627 3
17 15   Thomas Jäger Ford Hotfiel Sport Ford Focus 14 +31.330 18
18 14   Thomas Klenke Ford Hotfiel Sport Ford Focus 14 +32.167 19
19 26   Roberto Colciago JAS Motorsport Honda Accord Euro R 14 +49.941 12
20 1   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320i 11 Puncture 4
Ret 30 IT   Stefano D'Aste Proteam Motorsport BMW 320i 5 Retirement 24
Ret 3   James Thompson Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 3 Collision 7
Ret 21   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 0 Collision 13
Ret 5   Antonio García BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320i 0 Collision 15
DNS 4   Alex Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320i 0 23
DNS 22   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 0 25

Standings after the racesEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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