2009 FIA WTCC Race of Mexico

The 2009 FIA WTCC Race of Mexico (formally the 2009 FIA WTCC HSBC Race of Mexico) was the second round of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season. It was held on 22 March 2009 at the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed near Puebla, Mexico. It was the fourth running of the FIA WTCC Race of Mexico.

Mexico 2009 FIA WTCC Race of Mexico
Race details
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Date22 March, 2009
LocationPuebla, Mexico
CourseAutódromo Miguel E. Abed
3.363 kilometres (2.090 mi)
Race One
Laps 16
Pole position
Driver Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Time 1:37.981
Podium
First Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport
Second Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Third United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK
Time 1:38.076
Race Two
Laps 16
Podium
First France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport
Second United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK
Third Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany
Time 1:38.287

The two races were won by SEAT Sport's Rickard Rydell and Yvan Muller.

BackgroundEdit

After the first round of the year in Brazil, defending champion Yvan Muller was tied on points with SEAT Sport teammate Gabriele Tarquini at the top of the drivers' championship. Scuderia Proteam Motorsport's Félix Porteiro was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

ReportEdit

Testing and free practiceEdit

The test session on Friday saw joint championship leader Yvan Muller go fastest. BMW drivers Augusto Farfus and Andy Priaulx set the pace early on before SEAT drivers Rickard Rydell and Tarquini went quicker. With a minute before the end of the session, Muller set the fastest time. Porteiro was the fastest independent driver in sixth while none of the Chevrolet drivers got into the top ten with Nicola Larini the fastest of the trio in twelfth.[1]

Rydell led the opening free practice session on Saturday morning, the first of a SEAT 1–2–3–4. Farfus was the fastest BMW in fifth and Larini was the fastest Chevrolet down in thirteenth. Robert Huff was unable to set a time due to an oil leak on his Chevrolet Cruze.[2]

The second free practice session saw Rydell go quickest once again. The BMWs of Farfus and Jörg Müller were second and third ahead of the SEAT Sport pair of Yvan Muller and Tarquini. The final two factory SEATs were Tiago Monteiro and Jordi Gené were eighth and thirteenth respectively.[3]

QualifyingEdit

Augusto Farfus, Andy Priaulx and BMW pushed to the limit and interrupted SEAT’s domination that lasted since the test session in Curitiba. Farfus won pole position, posting the fastest time of the session with a lap of 1:37.981, the first driver to break the 1:38 wall so far. He beat Priaulx by only 0.045 seconds, while Gabriele Tarquini saved SEAT’s honour claiming third position with a one-tenth gap. BMW and SEAT cars equally shared the ten positions giving access to Q2. Although they sat in the pits until halfway through the session, all five SEAT Sport drivers managed to make the top-ten, with Gabriele Tarquini in second with a gap of 0.065 seconds after having clocked a provisional fastest lap at 1:38.047.

Félix Porteiro topped the Independents again and also managed to advance to Q2 setting the 10th fastest lap at 1:38.972. Chevrolet and LADA drivers remained all out of Q2; Nicola Larini missed the top-ten by 18 thousandths of a second, while Jaap van Lagen’s session ended prematurely because of an engine leak. In Q2, Yvan Muller was the first to post a quick lap at 1:37.924, but the reigning world champion was immediately ousted by Farfus with the time of 1:37.682. Jordi Gené, Félix Porteiro, Sergio Hernández and Andy Priaulx were the last to join the session. In the dying seconds Priaulx managed to jump into second with a lap of 1:37.727, a time which resisted to Tarquini’s last attempt that was worth third place (1:37.793). Porteiro completed a lap of 1:38.525 that gave him a brilliant eighth position on the grid for Race 1.[4]

Warm-UpEdit

Pole sitter Farfus topped the times in Sunday morning's warm–up session, ahead of Priaulx and Rydell.[5]

Race OneEdit

Rickard Rydell forced his way through the BMW front row to claim SEAT’s third consecutive victory in three rounds. Augusto Farfus and Andy Priaulx put a lot of pressure on the Swedish driver and eventually settled in second and third respectively, the first podium results for BMW in the season so far. While SEAT and BMW men were fighting for the top positions, Nicola Larini managed to defend his eighth place, scoring the first point for the new Chevrolet Cruze. Félix Porteiro won the Independents’ class once again, recovering from the 14th position where he had fallen after being involved in a collision at the start.[6]

Race TwoEdit

The second race was another SEAT vs BMW fight. The reigning world champion Yvan Muller claimed his second victory of the season as he managed to keep at bay the former world champion Andy Priaulx. Jordi Gené took the lead at the start, but then, in a breathtaking succession of overtaking manoeuvres, Jörg Müller, Tarquini, Yvan Muller, Priaulx, Rydell and Farfus overturned the order completely. Müller and Tarquini however, had to leave the company after they clashed on lap 6 and slipped down. All the three Chevrolet cars completed the race, with Larini’s in tenth position, and so did the LADA cars, with Jaap van Lagen’s in 17th. Porteiro claimed a fourth consecutive win in the Independents’ trophy.

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 1:37.981 1:37.682
2 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 1:38.230 1:37.727
3 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:38.047 1:37.793
4 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:38.411 1:37.874
5 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:38.386 1:37.924
6 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:38.698 1:38.213
7 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 1:38.375 1:38.287
8 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:38.872 1:38.525
9 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:38.250 1:38.749
10 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 1:38.434 1:38.952
11 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:38.890
12 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 1:39.174
13 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:39.294
14 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:39.400
15 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:39.551
16 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 1:39.745
17 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:40.296
18 28   Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:40.346
19 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:40.436
20 24   George Tanev Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:40.795
21 20   Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 1:41.249
22 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 1:41.611
23 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 1:42.089
EX1 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y Excluded
^1Kristian Poulsen had his qualifying times deleted after failing to stop at the weighing point after the session.[7]

Race 1Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 26:40.728 4 10
2 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 16 +1.508 1 8
3 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 16 +1.986 2 6
4 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +4.620 5 5
5 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 16 +5.717 7 4
6 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +9.473 3 3
7 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +19.399 9 2
8 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 16 +22.794 11 1
9 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 16 +24.725 10
10 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 16 +25.990 8
11 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +28.400 6
12 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 16 +30.289 16
13 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 16 +33.765 12
14 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 16 +33.952 17
15 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 16 +34.302 15
16 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 16 +45.954 19
17 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 16 +46.557 23
18 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 16 +57.945 22
19 20   Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 13 +3 Laps 21
Ret 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 11 Suspension 14
NC 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 6 +10 Laps 13
Ret 28   Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 0 Race incident 18
Ret 24   George Tanev Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 0 Mechanical 20
Ret 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 0 Race incident 24
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 26:41.014 5 10
2 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 16 +0.459 6 8
3 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +1.240 8 6
4 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 16 +1.973 7 5
5 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 16 +5.819 9 4
6 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 16 +6.281 13 3
7 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +11.755 2 2
8 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +12.189 3 1
9 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 16 +15.513 10
10 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 16 +16.593 1
11 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 16 +21.037 14
12 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 16 +22.795 21
13 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 16 +22.987 4
14 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 16 +23.644 20
15 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 16 +24.218 15
16 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 16 +25.331 12
17 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 16 +39.330 17
18 24   George Tanev Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 16 +39.790 23
19 20   Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 16 +44.302 19
20 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 16 +48.976 18
21 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 14 +2 Laps 16
22 28   Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 12 +4 Laps 22
Ret 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 7 Race incident 24
Ret 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 0 Race incident 11
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Standings after the eventEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Veltman, Rob (21 March 2009). "SEAT just ahead of BMW in Mexico". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  2. ^ English, Steven (21 March 2009). "Rydell sets pace in practice at Puebla". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  3. ^ English, Steven (21 March 2009). "Rydell quickest again in Mexico". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.fiawtcc.com/2009/uploadedFiles/PDF/RP.2.20093226381.pdf Archived 2010-11-01 at the Wayback Machine Qualifying Report
  5. ^ Veltman, Rob (22 March 2009). "BMW in front again during warm up". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  6. ^ http://www.fiawtcc.com/2009/uploadedFiles/PDF/RP.2.20093232255.pdf Archived 2010-10-31 at the Wayback Machine Race Report
  7. ^ Veltman, Rob (22 March 2009). "Tanev penalty revised, Poulsen penalised". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.

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