2009 FIA WTCC Race of Japan

The 2009 FIA WTCC Race of Japan (formally the 2009 FIA WTCC Kenwood Race of Japan) was the eleventh round of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season and the second running of the FIA WTCC Race of Japan. It was held on 1 November 2009 at the Okayama International Circuit near Mimasaka, Japan. The two races were won by BMW drivers Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus. The race was supported by the 2009 1000 km of Okayama, the inaugural event of the Asian Le Mans Series.

Japan 2009 Race of Japan
Race details
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Date1 November, 2009
LocationMimasaka, Japan
CourseOkayama International Circuit
3.703 kilometres (2.301 mi)
Race One
Laps 16
Pole position
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Time 1:37.666
Podium
First United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK
Second Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany
Third United Kingdom Rob Huff Chevrolet
Fastest Lap
Driver Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport
Time 1:51.428
Race Two
Laps 14
Podium
First Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Second United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK
Third France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Rob Huff Chevrolet
Time 1:52.538

BackgroundEdit

Gabriele Tarquini arrived in Japan with a seven-point lead over SEAT Sport teammate Yvan Muller. BMW Team Germany driver Augusto Farfus was the only other driver that could still win the title. He was eighteen points behind Tarquini.

SUNRED Engineering placed Japanese-based Brazilian João Paulo de Oliveira in their third car for the race,[1] taking it over from Andrea Larini. Japanese drivers Seiji Ara and Nobuteru Taniguchi also made their championship debuts, for Wiechers-Sport and Proteam Motorsport respectively, while Masaki Kano returned to Liqui Moly Team Engstler, the team with which he made his series debut in 2008.[2] Macau's Henry Ho also drove for Engstler, making his series debut.[3] Independent SEAT drivers Marin Čolak and Mehdi Bennani did not travel to Japan, while Fabio Fabiani did not follow-up his one-off drive for Proteam at the previous race in Italy.[4]

ReportEdit

Testing and free practiceEdit

Yvan Muller was quickest in Friday's test session, ahead of Farfus and the SEAT trio of Tiago Monteiro, Rickard Rydell and Gabriele Tarquini.[5]

Farfus set the fastest time in Saturday morning's free practice session, ahead of fellow BMW driver Andy Priaulx and SEAT drivers Jordi Gené, Yvan Muller and Tiago Monteiro. Stefano D'Aste crashed ten minutes into the session, bringing out the red flags and stopping the session.[6]

Farfus was also the quickest in the second practice session, ahead of BMW Team Germany teammate Jörg Müller and his namesake Yvan. Robert Huff for Chevrolet and Tarquini were fourth and fifth quickest.[7]

QualifyingEdit

Tarquini took his third straight pole position and his fifth of the season in the qualifying session. He will start ahead of Priaulx, Jörg Müller, Rydell and Farfus. Yvan Muller will start in seventh place. Tom Coronel was the quickest of the Independent runners.[8]

Warm-UpEdit

Farfus set the quickest time in the Sunday morning warm-up, ahead of Gené, Jörg Müller, Rickard Rydell and Tiago Monteiro.[9]

Race OneEdit

 
Andy Priaulx leads Jörg Müller during Race One.

A heavy downfall of rain before the first race meant that the field began behind the safety car.[10] The safety car came in at the end of the first lap, with polesitter Tarquini leading the pack. However, he drifted wide at Turn 2 through the gravel trap.[10] This left Priaulx to lead until the end of the race, despite pressure from BMW teammate Jörg Müller.[10] Despite dropping back after his off-track excursion, Tarquini came back through the field to finish in fifth behind Huff and Yvan Muller, ahead of SEAT teammates Gené and Monteiro. Farfus had gone off at the same time as Tarquini on lap 3, but he fought his way through to finish eighth and securing pole position for Race Two after pushing Alain Menu wide on the penultimate lap, continuing his habit this season off recovering from early Race One incidents to finish eighth and start Race Two on pole.[10] Coronel took the Independents' class victory.[10]

Race TwoEdit

 
Augusto Farfus won Race Two ahead of Andy Priaulx.

Race Two began with Jörg Müller starting quickly, causing a bunch-up at Turn 1 that resulted in Müller spinning Monteiro off the track.[11] Tarquini joined him in running off, although he was able to rejoin the circuit. Müller received a drive-through penalty for causing the incident.[11] Many other drivers ran wide at Turn 2 in the treacherous conditions. Farfus lead Priaulx home to give another one-two finish for BMW, ahead of Yvan Muller.[11] The three Chevrolets finished next, with Menu ahead of Nicola Larini and Huff. Gené and Rydell sacrificed their positions on the last lap to give teammate Tarquini a seventh-place finish.[11] D'Aste took the Independents' win, finishing tenth overall[11]

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:38.168 1:37.666
2 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 1:38.117 1:37.716
3 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 1:37.914 1:37.726
4 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:38.149 1:37.799
5 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 1:38.323 1:37.826
6 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:38.017 1:37.835
7 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:38.255 1:37.978
8 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:38.202 1:38.119
9 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:38.900 1:38.620
10 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:38.460 1:39.110
11 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 1:39.043
12 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:39.078
13 36   James Thompson LADA Sport Lada Priora 1:39.106
14 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:39.126
15 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:39.159
16 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 1:39.186
17 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 1:39.395
18 49   Nobuteru Taniguchi Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:39.469
19 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport Lada Priora 1:39.498
20 50   Seiji Ara Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 1:39.549
21 47   João Paulo Lima de Oliveira SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:39.643
22 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:39.672
23 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:39.823
24 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:40.112
25 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport Lada Priora 1:40.786
26 51   Henry Ho Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:41.536
27 48   Masaki Kano Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:42.427

Race 1Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 16 32:18.887 2 10
2 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 16 +0.484 3 8
3 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 16 +2.552 9 6
4 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +12.066 7 5
5 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +15.757 1 4
6 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +17.131 6 3
7 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +18.693 8 2
8 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 16 +25.403 5 1
9 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 16 +28.163 10
10 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 16 +30.133 12
11 36   James Thompson LADA Sport Lada Priora 16 +30.693 13
12 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 16 +32.217 14
13 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport Lada Priora 16 +40.278 19
14 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 16 +50.587 15
15 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 16 +55.891 16
16 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport Lada Priora 16 +57.180 25
17 50   Seiji Ara Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 16 +58.480 20
18 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 16 +1:05.796 23
19 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 16 +1:09.905 24
20 49   Nobuteru Taniguchi Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 16 +1:15.829 18
21 48   Masaki Kano Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 16 +1:28.415 27
22 51   Henry Ho Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 16 +1:53.615 26
23 47   João Paulo Lima de Oliveira SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 16 1:59.405 21
24 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 15 +1 Lap 17
25 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +2 Laps 4
Ret 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 3 Wheel damage 22
Ret 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 2 Race incident 11
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 14 26:55.015 1 10
2 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 14 +0.761 8 8
3 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +3.298 5 6
4 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 14 +5.878 9 5
5 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 14 +13.725 27 4
6 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 14 +17.538 6 3
7 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +24.104 4 2
8 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +26.212 24 1
9 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +27.272 3
10 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 14 +35.619 23
11 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 14 +36.900 13
12 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 14 +37.866 26
13 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 14 +41.110 10
14 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 14 +58.394 17
15 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 14 +1:03.206 25
16 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 14 +1:07.306 7
17 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 14 +1:10.579 14
18 50   Seiji Ara Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 14 +1:18.816 16
19 47   João Paulo Lima de Oliveira SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 14 +1:19.317 21
20 48   Masaki Kano Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 14 +1:40.690 20
Ret 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport Lada Priora 9 Engine 12
Ret 36   James Thompson LADA Sport Lada Priora 8 Anti–mist failure 11
Ret 51   Henry Ho Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 6 Race incident 22
Ret 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 6 Race incident 18
Ret 49   Nobuteru Taniguchi Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 3 Race incident 19
Ret 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 0 Race incident 2
DNS 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport Lada Priora 0 Engine 15
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Standings after the eventEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Team Engstler test Asian drivers". World Touring Car Championship. 2009-10-01. Archived from the original on 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2009-10-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ Veltman, Rob (2009-10-31). "Farfus quickest in first practice". TouringCarTimes. Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  7. ^ Veltman, Rob (2009-10-31). "Farfus fastest again, Chevrolet gets closer". TouringCarTimes. Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  8. ^ English, Steven (2009-10-31). "Tarquini takes third straight pole". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  9. ^ Hudson, Neil (2009-11-01). "Farfus heads Japan warm-up". Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Priaulx sings in the rain". World Touring Car Championship. 2009-11-01. Archived from the original on 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
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External linksEdit

  Media related to 2009 FIA WTCC Race of Japan at Wikimedia Commons

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