2009 FIA WTCC Race of France

The 2009 FIA WTCC Race of France was the fourth round of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season and the fifth running of the FIA WTCC Race of France. It was held on 17 May 2009 at the temporary Circuit de Pau street circuit in Pau, France. It was the headline event of the 2009 Pau Grand Prix. Both races were won by Chevrolet with Robert Huff winning race one and Alain Menu winning race two. The second race was notable for a collision between race leader Franz Engstler and the safety car at the end of the first lap.

France 2009 FIA WTCC Race of France
Race details
Track map for the Pau street circuit -- 2007.svg
Date17 May, 2009
LocationPau, France
CourseCircuit de Pau
2.769 kilometres (1.721 mi)
Race One
Laps 19
Pole position
Driver Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Time 1:22.473
Podium
First United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet
Second Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Third Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany
Fastest Lap
Driver Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain
Time 1:24.005
Race Two
Laps 18
Podium
First Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Second Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Third United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet
Fastest Lap
Driver Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany
Time 1:23.448

BackgroundEdit

Yvan Muller had established an outright lead in the drivers' championship after the previous round in Morocco, twelve points clear of SEAT Sport teammate Gabriele Tarquini. Félix Porteiro was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

SUNRED Engineering expanded to three cars for the Pau event, Tom Coronel was joined by Tom Boardman who returned after missing the previous round and former European Touring Car Championship driver Éric Cayrolle.[1] With both George Tanev and Vito Postiglione being forced to miss the round, Scuderia Proteam Motorsport ran just one car for independents' championship leader Porteiro.[2] Local French GT Championship regular Laurent Cazenave joined Wiechers-Sport for the weekend alongside full-time driver Stefano D'Aste.[3]

ReportEdit

Free practiceEdit

Jörg Müller was fastest in the first practice session, Augusto Farfus was second and Yvan Muller was third. Alain Menu was the fastest Chevrolet driver in sixth. The petrol SEAT cars were mainly faster than the SEAT Sport run diesel cars. Marin Čolak, Coronel and Boardman finished the session seventh, eighth and ninth ahead of Jordi Gené, Tiago Monteiro and Rickard Rydell.[4]

BMW were quickest once again in free practice two, Andy Priaulx was quickest for BMW Team UK. He was ahead of morning pacesetters Müller and Farfus while Coronel in fourth was the fastest independent. Menu was fifth for Chevrolet and the fastest factory SEAT was Rydell fourteenth, one place behind the Lada of Jaap van Lagen.[5]

QualifyingEdit

Priaulx claimed his first pole position since the 2006 Guia Race of Macau. The BMW Team UK man was among the front runners during both practice sessions and qualifying and put in a time of 1:22.462 in Q2. He demoted BMW teammate Farfus by just 11 thousandths of a second. Coronel defied odds in taking part in Q2 after the front of his car was severely damaged in Q1. However, attention from his team and he lined up in third place.

While it was a BMW at the top of the timesheet for the majority of the Q1, on the last lap Huff and Chevrolet stormed through with a 1:22.900 stealing the quickest time away from Priaulx by 0.042 of a second. Jörg Müller (1:22.960) and Farfus (1:23.201) went into Q2 as third and fourth best. Coronel was sitting fifth at the end of Q1. However, at this time his team was repairing his car for Q2 after he incurred damage with seven minutes remaining. Leading man Huff’s teammates Larini and Menu both made the cut after claiming the sixth and seventh best times. Independent drivers Porteiro and Engstler along with Sergio Hernández made up the top ten, narrowly denying Alessandro Zanardi and D’Aste progression into Q2. All the five SEAT Sport turbodiesel cars remained out of the Q2 for the first time.

In Q2, Coronel was the man to beat for the opening half of the session after he clocked a 1:22.917. However, Farfus knocked the Dutchman off provisional pole by a sturdy four tenths of a second. The Brazilian’s time of 1:22.473 seemed good enough to set him up at the front for Race 1 until Priaulx bettered it by just 0.011 seconds. Coronel’s time secured third place on the grid alongside Jörg Müller. A trio of Chevrolets followed from fifth to seventh; Huff (1:23.097), Menu (1:23.128) and Larini (1:23.282).[6]

Warm-UpEdit

Pole sitter Farfus was fastest in the warm–up session on Sunday morning with Jörg Müller second and Priaulx third.

Race OneEdit

Huff took his second win in three races for Chevrolet. The Briton got a great start from third and overtook Farfus who hit some oil and went wide at Pont Oscar on lap 2. Huff led the pack for the remaining 17 laps with Farfus and Jörg Müller having to settle for second and third despite applying constant pressure on the front man. Perseverance paid out for Priaulx who crossed the line fourth, having passed Menu on lap 12.

Spaniard Hernández made good progress in the second half of the race to secure fifth place overall with fellow countryman Porteiro winning the independent category in sixth overall, however he was eventually excluded by the stewards for hitting Coronel. Engstler inherited the independents’ victory and sixth place, while Menu came home eighth to start race two on pole.[7]

Race TwoEdit

Chevrolet achieved their fourth consecutive win and this time it was Menu on the top podium spot. He was joined by teammate Huff who crossed the line third and Farfus from BMW Team Germany took second place just as in race one. The race was suspended when Engstler collided with the safety car. During the first lap Porteiro hit Hernández with the later not being able to rejoin. Porteiro was given a drive-through penalty.

Jörg Müller and Priaulx also made contact with each other in lap one. While Priaulx continued and crossed the line fourth, Müller received a drive-through penalty for pitting during the suspension of the race and finished 18th. Zanardi stormed through the pack to achieve fifth place and SEAT Sport men Gabriele Tarquini and Yvan Muller scored points in sixth and seventh. The race ended under the red flags with one lap remaining after Cayrolle and Larini, who were battling for eighth spot, were involved in a collision.

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 1:23.201 1:22.473
2 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 1:22.960 1:23:051
3 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:23.625 1:24.442
41 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:22.900 excluded
51 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 1:22:942 excluded
61 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:23.375 excluded
71 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:23.425 excluded
81 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:23.516 excluded
91 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:23.577 excluded
101 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 1:23.768 excluded
11 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 1:23.806
12 28   Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:23.815
13 30   Mehdi Bennani Exagon Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:23.929
14 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:24.118
152 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 1:24.196
16 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:24.284
17 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:24.506
18 33   Laurent Cazenave Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 1:24.621
19 29   Éric Cayrolle SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:24.742
20 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:24.874
213 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:24.894
22 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 1:24.925
23 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:25.280
24 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:25.299
25 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 1:25.457
26 20   Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 1:26.054
^1Robert Huff, Andy Priaulx, Tom Coronel, Nicola Larini, Alain Menu, Félix Porteiro and Sergio Hernández had all their times in Q2 deleted for exceeding the engine rev limit on their cars.[8]
^2Stefano D'Aste had his four fastest lap times in Q1 deleted for exceeding the engine rev limit on his car.[8]
^3Yvan Muller had his fastest lap time in Q1 deleted for exceeding the engine rev limit and the maximum supercharged air pressure on his car.[8]

Race 1Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 19 27:10.540 4 10
2 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 19 +0.261 1 8
3 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 19 +0.892 2 6
4 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 19 +1.105 5 5
5 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 19 +1.943 10 4
6 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 19 +9.544 3 3
7 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 19 +9.550 8 2
8 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 19 +11.050 6 1
9 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 19 +23.983 22
10 29   Éric Cayrolle SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 19 +31.504 17
11 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 19 +32.037 19
12 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 19 +32.485 15
13 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 19 +33.322 14
14 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 19 +34.067 18
15 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 19 +34.823 21
16 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 19 +36.815 25
17 20   Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 19 +54.020 26
18 30   Mehdi Bennani Exagon Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 19 +54.870 13
19 28   Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 18 +1 Lap 12
Ret 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 13 Power steering 20
Ret 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 12 Race incident 24
NC 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 12 +7 Laps 11
Ret 33   Laurent Cazenave Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 4 Clutch 16
NC 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 2 +17 Laps 7
Ret 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 0 Race incident 23
DSQ 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 19 Disqualified 9
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 18 52:22.260 1 10
2 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 18 +0.351 7 8
3 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 18 +3.066 8 6
4 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 18 +3.325 5 5
5 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 18 +16.153 20 4
6 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 18 +17.728 12 3
7 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 18 +19.686 11 2
8 29   Éric Cayrolle SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 18 +22.425 10 1
9 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 18 +22.581 21
10 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 18 +23.297 15
11 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 18 +28.247 14
12 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 18 +29.778 16
13 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 18 +34.095 24
14 33   Laurent Cazenave Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 18 +38.990 23
15 20   Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 18 +44.402 17
16 28   Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 18 +52.439 19
17 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 17 +1 Lap 3
18 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 17 +1 Lap 6
19 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 15 +3 Laps 26
Ret 30   Mehdi Bennani Exagon Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 11 Race incident 18
Ret 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 10 Race incident 13
Ret 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 9 Driveshaft 25
Ret 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1 Race incident 2
Ret 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1 Race incident 9
Ret 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 0 Race incident 4
DNS 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 0 Did not start 22
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Standings after the eventEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of drivers' standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SUNRED adds third car for Pau". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Proteam down to one for Pau". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  3. ^ Meissner, Johan (6 May 2009). "Laurent Cazenave joins Wiechers Sport". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  4. ^ English, Steven (16 May 2009). "Jorg Muller fastest in first Pau practice". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  5. ^ English, Steven (16 May 2009). "Priaulx leads final practice at Pau". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  6. ^ http://www.fiawtcc.com/2009/uploadedFiles/PDF/RP.4.200951795641.pdf Archived 2010-10-31 at the Wayback Machine Qualifying Report
  7. ^ http://www.fiawtcc.com/2009/uploadedFiles/PDF/RP.4.2009517225639.pdf Archived 2010-10-31 at the Wayback Machine Race Report
  8. ^ a b c "ROUNDS 7 & 8 – PAU, FRANCE QUALIFYING UPDATE" (PDF). fiawtcc.com. Eurosport. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2013.[permanent dead link]

External linksEdit

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