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2009 FIA WTCC Race of the Czech Republic

The 2009 FIA WTCC Marriott Race of the Czech Republic was the sixth round of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season and the fourth running of the FIA WTCC Race of the Czech Republic. It was held on 21 June 2009 at the Masaryk Circuit near Brno, Czech Republic. BMW Team Italy-Spain won both races with Alex Zanardi winning the first race and Sergio Hernández winning the second race.

Czech Republic 2009 FIA WTCC Race of the Czech Republic
Race details
Brno (formerly Masarykův okruh).svg
Date21 June, 2009
LocationBrno, Czech Republic
CourseMasaryk Circuit
5.403 kilometres (3.357 mi)
Race One
Laps 12
Pole position
Driver Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Time 2:09.590
Podium
First Italy Alex Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain
Second Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany
Third Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK
Time 2:10.622
Race Two
Laps 10
Podium
First Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain
Second France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport
Third Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain
Time 2:12.143

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Coming into the round, SEAT Sport driver Yvan Muller was leading the drivers' championship by a three-point margin over BMW Team Germany's Augusto Farfus. Tom Coronel was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

Tom's twin brother Tim Coronel joined SUNRED Engineering for the event to make his WTCC debut.[1] Exagon Engineering and their driver Mehdi Bennani missed the round before returning at the Race of Portugal.

ReportEdit

Free practiceEdit

BMW cars dominated first practice taking the top five positions on Saturday morning. In wet conditions, Andy Priaulx was fastest just under 0.15s ahead of Zanardi. Rickard Rydell was the fastest SEAT drive in sixth place and the fastest Chevrolet was that of Nicola Larini in seventh.[2]

BMW filled the top four places in the second free practice session with Farfus setting the fastest time. SEAT cars filled the next five places, led by Gabriele Tarquini while the fastest Chevrolet was Robert Huff in tenth. The track was still damp after the morning but it was drying as the session progressed.[3]

QualifyingEdit

Farfus took his third pole position of the year with Priaulx alongside him on the front row. Behind them were Zanardi and the fastest Chevrolet of Larini. Only two SEATs made it through to Q2, Rydell lined up fifth and Tarquini sixth. Scuderia Proteam Motorsport driver Félix Porteiro was the fastest independent lining up tenth. Priaulx had been fastest in Q1 but changing weather conditions favoured Farfus later on. Out in Q1 were SEAT Sport drivers Tiago Monteiro, Jordi Gené and points leader Yvan Muller.[4]

Warm-UpEdit

Farfus was quickest in Sunday mornings warm up session with BMW cars in the top five positions.[5]

Race OneEdit

Farfus moved to the left at the start, collecting Priaulx, Huff, Larini and Gené before beaching himself in the gravel trap. Priaulx limped back to the pits minus his front bumper and with broken front suspension while Farfus, Huff and Larini were stuck at turn one. The incident allowed Tarquini and Zanardi to pass up the inside and continue. Tarquini led away from the restart before Zanardi quickly passed the SEAT and pulled away into the lead. Zanardi took victory at Brno for the second consecutive year while Jörg Müller had climbed up from eleventh to second ahead of Tarquini. Porteiro was the winning Yokohama Independent driver and Yvan Muller finished eighth to secure pole position for race two.[6]

Race TwoEdit

Starting on the front row, Porteiro moved into the lead at the start while Hernández then took second from pole sitter Yvan Muller. The leading pair ran close together and on lap three Hernández made his move to take the lead. Porteiro dropped down to fourth on lap four when he was passed by Muller and Monteiro. Behind them, a battle for fifth place was developing between BMW pair Priaulx and Müller and SEAT pair Tarquini and Rydell. While the BMW duo were contesting fifth place, Tarquini and Rydell overtook the pair of them. At the line Hernández took his first ever WTCC win with Muller second and Monteiro third, fourth place for Porteiro secured him the independents' win.[6]

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 2:10.663 2:09.590
2 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 2:09.644 2:09.630
3 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 2:10.826 2:09.862
4 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:10.822 2:10.327
5 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:10.604 2:10.371
6 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:10.601 2:10.617
7 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 2:10.424 2:10.661
8 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:10.730 2:10.714
9 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 2:10.628 2:10.996
10 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 2:10.981 2:11.011
11 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:11.020
12 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:11.317
13 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:11.320
14 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:11.391
15 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 2:11.504
16 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:11.851
17 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2:11.895
18 31   Vito Postiglione Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 2:12.141
19 28   Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:12.469
20 32   Tim Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:12.490
21 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:13.048
22 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 2:13.371
23 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2:13.808
24 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 2:14.033
25 20   Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 2:14.257

Race 1Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 12 2:26.496 3 10
2 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 12 +1.848 7 8
3 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 +4.831 6 6
4 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 +5.105 5 5
5 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 12 +5.303 9 4
6 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 +7.250 11 3
7 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 12 +7.847 10 2
8 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 +9.915 13 1
9 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 12 +10.814 16
10 31   Vito Postiglione Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 12 +11.022 18
11 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 12 +12.916 17
12 32   Tim Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 12 +14.150 20
13 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 12 +17.692 21
14 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 12 +20.200 22
15 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 12 +22.342 24
16 20   Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 12 +24.607 25
17 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 12 +36.106 15
Ret 28   Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 7 Pierced radiator 19
NC 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 6 Race incident 2
Ret 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 4 Race incident 12
Ret 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2 Engine 23
Ret 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1 Race incident 8
Ret 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 0 Race incident 1
Ret 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 0 Race incident 4
Ret 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 0 Race incident 14
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 10 22:13.734 4 10
2 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 10 +2.316 1 8
3 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 10 +4.114 3 6
4 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 10 +4.280 2 5
5 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 10 +7.232 6 4
6 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 10 +7.857 5 3
7 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 10 +8.092 7 2
8 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 10 +8.852 17 1
9 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 10 +10.369 9
10 31   Vito Postiglione Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 10 +10.551 10
11 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 10 +12.501 18
12 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 10 +16.026 19
13 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 10 +17.624 21
14 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 10 +18.456 11
15 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 10 +19.352 23
16 32   Tim Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 10 +19.916 12
17 19   Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 10 +29.476 15
18 18   Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 10 +30.483 14
19 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 10 +30.837 13
20 20   Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 10 +31.362 16
21 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 10 +42.121 25
22 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 9 +1 Lap 22
Ret 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 4 Race incident 8
Ret 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 1 Race incident 20
DNS 28   Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 0 Pierced radiator 24
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Championship standingsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Veltman, Rob (31 May 2009). "Twin brother Coronel to join at Brno". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 2009-09-08. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  2. ^ Veltman, Rob (20 June 2009). "BMW dominant in first test session". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  3. ^ English, Steven (20 June 2009). "Farfus fastest in second Brno practice". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Farfus secures pole at Brno". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Warm up results - WTCC: Czech Republic 2009". GPupdate. JHED Media BV. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  6. ^ a b "ROUNDS 11 & 12 – BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC RACE REPORT" (PDF). fiawtcc.com. Eurosport. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2012.[permanent dead link]

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