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2009 FIA WTCC Race of Portugal

The 2009 FIA WTCC Race of Portugal was the seventh round of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season and the third FIA WTCC Race of Portugal. It was held on 5 July 2009 at the temporary Circuito da Boavista street course in Porto, Portugal. The first race was won by Gabriele Tarquini for SEAT Sport and the second race was won by Augusto Farfus for BMW Team Germany.

Portugal 2009 FIA WTCC Race of Portugal
Race details
Boavista (Oporto).svg
Date5 July, 2009
LocationPorto, Portugal
CourseCircuito da Boavista
4.770 kilometres (2.964 mi)
Race One
Laps 12
Pole position
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Time 2:09.308
Podium
First Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Second United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet
Third France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Time 2:11.154
Race Two
Laps 13
Podium
First Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Second France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport
Third Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Time 2:11.045

BackgroundEdit

The second race of the day was the 100th World Touring Car Championship race since its reintroduction at Monza in 2005. It also saw the debut of the new Lada Priora, with former race-winner James Thompson behind the wheel for LADA Sport.[1] Diego Puyo made his series debut for SUNRED Engineering, after scoring more points than any other driver in the SEAT Leon Eurocup round at Brno.

ReportEdit

Testing and Free PracticeEdit

Testing took place on Friday afternoon, with Augusto Farfus quickest in the half-hour session for BMW Team Germany. The first free practice session took place on the Saturday morning, with Farfus quickest again.[2] Chevrolet's Rob Huff was quickest in the second practice session shortly after midday.[3]

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying took place on the Saturday afternoon. SEAT Sport's Yvan Muller was quickest in Qualifying 1, after which the fastest ten drivers go through to Qualifying 2. Gabriele Tarquini took pole position for SEAT Sport, with Huff second and Yvan Muller third. Tom Coronel was the fastest independent in Qualifying, starting from 12th.[4]

Warm UpEdit

The fifteen-minute Sunday morning warm-up session took part on a wet track, with Rob Huff fastest.[5]

Race OneEdit

Race 1 started on a drying track at 11:34 local time. The red flag was brought out and the race was suspended at the end of the first lap for two separate incidents on the opening lap. As the leaders made their way away from the grid, the BMW of Sergio Hernández and the Lada of Jaap van Lagen, who started 17th and 18th respectively tangled after the rolling start, pitching Hernandez in the concrete barrier. Hernandez was subsequently taken to hospital for checks on his ankle. Later on in the lap, Farfus collided with Alain Menu, spinning Menu into the wall. Nicola Larini tagged Tiago Monteiro as they tried to avoid the incident. The track became blocked as Mehdi Bennani ran into Menu's stationary Chevrolet Cruze.

After the restart Tarquini led Huff and Yvan Muller to victory. On the last lap, Andy Priaulx, running in fourth, and Jorg Muller, running seventh, slowed to allow BWW teammate Farfus (who had served a drive-through-penalty for the first lap incident with Menu) past them to allow him to finish eighth, securing one championship point and pole position for the second race.

Stefano D'Aste was the leading independent, finishing in tenth place. Tarquini recorded the fastest lap of the race.[6]

Race TwoEdit

Race 2 started at 16:50 local time. The unusually large gap in time between the two races was to allow for TV broadcaster Eurosport to cover the Tour de France. On the third lap Rob Huff passed teammate Nicola Larini for sixth. Gabriele Tarquini tried to make a late move down the inside of Larini to follow Huff past but the two Italian veterans collided and both ended up in the tyre wall on the exit of the turn. As the field went on by, Mehdi Bennani ran wide and as he picked his way through the middle of the two stranded cars he rejoined the racing line in the path of fellow SEAT driver Tom Boardman. The safety car was deployed.

Farfus was still leading when the race was red-flagged following a crash involving Alain Menu and Franz Engstler on lap 10, which left Menu's car stranded in the middle of the narrow track. Farfus completed the two laps after the stoppage to win the 100th WTCC race ahead of four SEATs.

Stefano D'Aste was once again the independents’ winner and Farfus took the fastest lap.[7]

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:09.471 2:09.308
2 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:09.601 2:09.395
3 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:09.361 2:09.493
4 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 2:09.676 2:09.563
5 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:09.856 2:09.670
6 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:09.892 2:09.679
7 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 2:09.928 2:09.786
8 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:09.797 2:09.859
9 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:09.967 2:10.089
10 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:09.910 2:10.448
11 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 2:10.430
12 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 2:10.576
13 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:11.330
14 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 2:11.505
15 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 2:11.887
16 30   Mehdi Bennani Exagon Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:11.964
17 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 2:12.007
18 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 2:12.058
19 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2:12.146
20 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2:13.271
21 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:13.696
22 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 2:13.831
23 35   Diego Puyo SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:13.976

Race 1Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 1:04:11.274 1 10
2 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 12 +2.934 2 8
3 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 +7.848 3 6
4 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 +8.472 6 5
5 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 12 +15.790 8 4
6 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 +16.192 10 3
7 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 +16.640 9 2
8 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 12 +16.975 7 1
9 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 12 +17.791 4
10 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 12 +18.216 14
11 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 12 +19.149 12
12 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 12 +19.442 11
13 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 12 +33.010 13
14 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 12 +42.995 15
15 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 12 +54.702 21
16 35   Diego Puyo SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 12 +54.931 23
17 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 12 +55.277 20
18 36   James Thompson LADA Sport Lada Priora 12 +55.742 24
19 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 12 +1:11.955 22
20 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 11 +1 Lap 19
Ret 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 4 Race incident 5
Ret 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 2 Race incident 18
Ret 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 0 Race incident 17
DSQ 30   Mehdi Bennani Exagon Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 0 Disqualified 16
  • 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 13 47:48.304 1 10
2 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +2.295 6 8
3 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +2.810 2 6
4 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +3.385 3 5
5 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +3.970 5 4
6 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +4.219 7 3
7 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 13 +4.583 9 2
8 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 13 +5.064 11 1
9 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 13 +6.428 10
10 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 13 +7.584 12
11 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 13 +9.201 18
12 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 13 +13.290 13
13 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 13 +15.272 14
14 35   Diego Puyo SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 13 +17.706 15
15 36   James Thompson LADA Sport Lada Priora 13 +22.964 17
16 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 13 +53.730 16
17 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 12 +1 Lap 23
18 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 9 +4 Laps 20
Ret 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 5 +23.139 4
Ret 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2 +5.426 8
Ret 30   Mehdi Bennani Exagon Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2 +43.550 21
Ret 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2 +34.859 22
DNS 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 0 Did not start
DNS 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 0 Did not start 19
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ English, Steven (26 June 2009). "Lada to run one Priora at Porto". autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. Archived from the original on 2009-07-26. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  2. ^ English, Steven (4 July 2009). "Farfus quickest in first practice at Porto". autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. Archived from the original on 2009-07-26. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  3. ^ English, Steven (4 July 2009). "Huff flies in final Porto practice". autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  4. ^ English, Steven (4 July 2009). "Tarquini claims pole at Porto". autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  5. ^ Meissner, Johan (5 July 2009). "Chevrolet masters a wet warm up". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  6. ^ English, Steven (5 July 2009). "Tarquini eases to victory at Porto". autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  7. ^ English, Steven (5 July 2009). "Farfus wins hectic second race at Porto". autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 13 July 2009.

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