2009 FIA WTCC Race of UK

The 2009 FIA WTCC Race of UK (formally the 2009 FIA WTCC Marriott Race of UK) was the eighth round of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season and the fifth FIA WTCC Race of UK. It was held on 19 July 2009 at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, England. The first race was won by Alain Menu for Chevrolet and the second race was won by Augusto Farfus for BMW Team Germany. The round was overshadowed by the death of Henry Surtees in the second FIA Formula Two Championship support race.

United Kingdom 2009 FIA WTCC Race of UK
Race details
Brands Hatch 2003.svg
Date19 July, 2009
LocationKent, England
CourseBrands Hatch
3.703 kilometres (2.301 mi)
Race One
Laps 16
Pole position
Driver Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Time 1:33.521
Podium
First Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Second United Kingdom Rob Huff Chevrolet
Third United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK
Fastest Lap
Driver Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Time 1:34.362
Race Two
Laps 16
Podium
First Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Second Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany
Third Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany
Time 1:34.448

BackgroundEdit

Yvan Muller arrived at Brands Hatch with a 14 point lead over SEAT Sport teammate Gabriele Tarquini, with BMW's Augusto Farfus a further point behind.

The race saw four new drivers for the 2009 season. ADAC Procar Series champion Philip Geipel joined Liqui Moly Team Engstler in a third BMW 320si. Meanwhile, Swedish team Polestar Racing entered two Volvo C30s for Robert Dahlgren and WTCC newcomer Tommy Rustad, however both Volvos were ineligible to score championship points.[1] Norbert Michelisz drove the SUNRED Engineering-run SEAT Leon Eurocup prize car, as he did at Okayama in 2008.

ReportEdit

Free PracticeEdit

Augusto Farfus went quickest in the first free practice session on the Saturday morning.[2] The Brazilian BMW Team Germany driver then went quickest in the second session later in the morning.[3]

QualifyingEdit

Farfus went quickest in the first qualifying session. Amongst those who failed to make it through into the second session were Yvan Muller and Jordi Gene. Chevrolet's Alain Menu and Rob Huff locked out the front row of the grid after the second session, with the BMWs of Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus. Guest independent SEAT driver Norbert Michelisz qualified tenth, the leading independent.[4] Jorg Muller, Robert Dahlgren, Jordi Gene and Kristian Poulsen all received grid penalties ahead of the first race. Muller received a five-place penalty for driving in the fast lane of the pits before the pit lane had been opened at the beginning of the session. Dahlgren had all his times disallowed because his team worked on the car during the parc ferme conditions between Q1 and Q2. The Swede dropped from 13th to the back of the grid. Gene also had his times disallowed because the engine speed sensor of his car's data logging system was disconnected, and he also dropped to the back row of the grid. Poulsen received a 10-place grid drop after having the engine in his BMW changed, although he had only qualified 22nd anyway.[5]

Warm UpEdit

Andy Priaulx went fastest in the Sunday morning warm-up session. The major story though was James Thompson setting the eighth quickest time in the Lada Priora.[6]

Race OneEdit

The first race started with a multi-car accident at the Druids hairpin as Yvan Muller and Augusto Farfus tangled. Felix Porteiro and Norbert Michelisz were also heavily involved with many others taking to the grass on the inside and outside of the corner in avoidance. The incident brought the safety car out. Huff lead Menu from the restart, although Menu re-passed Huff for the lead on lap five. The two Chevrolet drivers remained out in front until the end of the race, although Priaulx pushed Huff for second in the final laps, having passed Gabriele Tarquini for third.

The safety car made a second appearance later in the race as Sergio Hernández, Vito Postiglione and Tommy Rustad tangled at Surtees. Farfus made his way through the field after his first lap incident to claim eighth place and pole position for Race 2.

Stefano D'Aste won the Independents Trophy from Tom Coronel and Tom Boardman. Menu set the fastest lap.[7]

Race TwoEdit

Race two was won by pole-sitter Augusto Farfus from BMW Team Germany teammate Jörg Müller. SEAT Sport drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Rickard Rydell finished third and fourth ahead of Andy Priaulx. Yvan Muller battled through from the back of the field to take seventh place in an otherwise uneventful race.

Tom Boardman took his first ever Independent's Trophy win in tenth overall. Jörg Müller set the fastest lap of the race.[8]

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:34.088 1:33.521
2 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:34.184 1:33.618
3 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 1:34.216 1:33.670
4 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 1:33.836 1:33.696
5 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:34.093 1:33.871
6 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:34.294 1:33.963
7 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:34.110 1:33.968
8 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 1:34.187 1:34.195
9 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:34.182 1:34.204
10 37   Norbert Michelisz SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:34.213 1:34.857
11 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:34.366
12 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:34.380
13 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:34.559
14 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 1:34.680
15 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 1:34.921
16 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 1:35.033
17 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 1:35.118
18 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:35.227
19 40   Tommy Rustad Volvo Olsbergs Green Racing Volvo C30 1:35.363
20 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:35.517
21 31   Vito Postiglione Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:35.710
22 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:35.831
23 36   James Thompson LADA Sport Lada Priora 1:35.950
24 38   Philip Geipel Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:36.245
25 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 1:37.102

Race 1Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 16 28:25.945 1 10
2 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 16 +1.051 2 8
3 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 16 +1.240 3 6
4 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +2.024 6 5
5 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +2.420 5 4
6 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 16 +5.815 13 3
7 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +6.300 8 2
8 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 16 +8.307 4 1
9 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 16 +9.225 15
10 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 16 +10.884 12
11 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 16 +11.737 18
12 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 16 +12.415 16
13 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +13.331 26
14 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 16 +13.675 11
15 39   Robert Dahlgren Volvo Olsbergs Green Racing Volvo C30 16 +14.087 25
16 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 16 +17.753 14
17 38   Philip Geipel Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 16 +22.188 23
18 36   James Thompson LADA Sport Lada Priora 16 +25.447 22
19 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 16 +37.466 24
20 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 16 +41.831 27
21 31   Vito Postiglione Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 16 +42.677 20
22 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 15 +1 Lap 7
Ret 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 11 Race incident 21
Ret 40   Tommy Rustad Volvo Olsbergs Green Racing Volvo C30 6 Race incident 19
Ret 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 5 Engine 17
Ret 37   Norbert Michelisz SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 0 Race incident 9
Ret 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 0 Race incident 10
  • 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 16 28:09.979 1 10
2 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 16 +2.061 3 8
3 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +7.030 5 6
4 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +7.398 4 5
5 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 16 +7.749 6 4
6 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 16 +8.427 7 3
7 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +16.651 24 2
8 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +17.444 2 1
9 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 16 +18.191 16
10 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 16 +19.523 11
11 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 16 +19.969 10
12 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 16 +20.183 12
13 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 16 +21.589 9
14 39   Robert Dahlgren Volvo Olsbergs Green Racing Volvo C30 16 +22.255 25
15 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 16 +22.923 14
16 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 16 +23.053 13
17 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 16 +23.594 22
18 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 16 +24.021 8
19 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 16 +28.723 26
20 38   Philip Geipel Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 16 +29.318 17
21 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 16 +35.320 27
22 36   James Thompson LADA Sport Lada Priora 16 +36.187 18
23 31   Vito Postiglione Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 16 +36.735 21
24 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 12 +4 Laps 19
NC 37   Norbert Michelisz SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 6 +10 Laps 23
Ret 40   Tommy Rustad Volvo Olsbergs Green Racing Volvo C30 4 Race incident 25
Ret 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 3 Race incident 20
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Beer, Matt (9 July 2009). "Volvo enters Brands WTCC rounds". autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2009.
  2. ^ English, Steven (18 July 2009). "Farfus quickest in first Brands practice". autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 18 July 2009.
  3. ^ English, Steven (18 July 2009). "Farfus quickest in final Brands practice". autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 18 July 2009.
  4. ^ English, Steven (18 July 2009). "Menu leads all-Chevrolet front row". autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
  5. ^ English, Steven (19 July 2009). "Four drivers get penalties for race one". autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
  6. ^ http://www.fiawtcc.com/Read_News.asp?idnews=279 WARM UP - THOMPSON'S BIG IMPROVEMENT. Accessed 2009-07-19. Archived 2009-07-25.
  7. ^ English, Steven (19 July 2009). "Menu continues Brands winning streak". autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
  8. ^ English, Steven (19 July 2009). "Farfus strolls to victory in race two". autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2009.

External linksEdit

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