2009 Guia Race of Macau

The 2009 Guia Race of Macau (formally the 2009 Marriott Guia Race of Macau) was the twelfth and final round of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season. It was the fifth running of the Guia Race of Macau as a World Touring Car Championship round. It was held on 22 November 2009 on the temporary Guia Circuit around the streets of Macau. The race was part of the Macau Grand Prix weekend, headlined by the Formula Three event.

Macau 2009 Guia Race of Macau
Race details
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Date22 November, 2009
LocationMacau
CourseGuia Circuit
6.117 kilometres (3.801 mi)
Race One
Laps 9
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet
Time 2:32.141
Podium
First United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet
Second Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Third Spain Jordi Gené SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport
Time 2:32.076
Race Two
Laps 7
Podium
First Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Second Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany
Third France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany
Time 2:32.671

Race One was won by Chevrolet's Robert Huff, while BMW Team Germany driver Augusto Farfus won Race Two. SEAT Sport driver Gabriele Tarquini won the 2009 championship after finishing fifth in Race Two. SEAT beat BMW to the Manufacturer's title, and Tom Coronel won the Independent's Trophy.

BackgroundEdit

Gabriele Tarquini went to Macau with a two-point lead over SEAT Sport teammate and reigning champion Yvan Muller. Thirteen points behind Tarquini was BMW Team Germany driver Augusto Farfus. In the Manufacturers' Championship, SEAT had a three-point lead over BMW. In the Independents' Trophy, Tom Coronel had a thirty-point advantage over Félix Porteiro, although double points were available for Independents in Macau in addition to the bonus points for a top-eight overall finish.

Five local drivers raced in Macau. Guia regular André Couto replaced João Paulo de Oliveira in the third SUNRED Engineering car.[1] Liqui Moly Team Engstler ran five cars in Macau, with regulars Franz Engstler and Kristian Poulsen joined by Henry Ho, who raced for the team at the previous round in Japan, and series debutants Alex Liu and Joseph Rosa Merszei.[2] Masaki Kano, who drove for the team in Japan, did not race in Macau. Lei Kit Meng made his debut in a BMW 320si run jointly by China Dragon Racing and RPM Racing Team.[3] Also, Takayuki Aoki replaced fellow Japanese driver Seiji Ara in the second Wiechers-Sport car.[4]

ReportEdit

Testing and Free PracticeEdit

Augusto Farfus topped the test session on Thursday ahead of BMW Team Germany teammate Jörg Müller, ahead of Chevrolet's Rob Huff.[5] The same three drivers filled the top three positions in the same order in the first practice session on Friday.[6] Huff set the quickest time in the second session ahead of BMW Team UK driver Andy Priaulx, Müller and Farfus.[7] The session was red-flagged in the final minutes of the session after Gabriele Tarquini crashed his SEAT.[7]

QualifyingEdit

Huff took pole position, ahead of Priaulx and Farfus.[8] Championship rivals and SEAT Sport teammates Tarquini and Yvan Muller crashed in the second session that determines the starting order for the top ten positions. Muller lost control on cement dust that had been laid on the track following an earlier accident for James Thompson. Unsighted by the dust, Tarquini hit Muller's car, and the pair were then hit by Alain Menu. The three drivers lined up seventh, eighth and ninth, ahead of Rickard Rydell who suffered engine problems at the end of Q1.[8]

Lada Sport teammate Thompson crashed into the abandoned Wiechers-Sport car of Stefano D'Aste during Q1.[9] Thompson was taken to hospital and although he was later released he had suffered bruising to his feet, stopping him from competing in the races.[9] He would not have been able to race anyway as his car was too badly damaged in the crash.[9] D'Aste also missed the races as his car was also badly damaged, as did Thompson's teammate Kirill Ladygin who also crashed during qualifying.[9] Muller and Tarquini were also taken to hospital following their accident, but both were cleared to race after their cars were repaired.[10]

Race OneEdit

Rob Huff took a commanding victory for Chevrolet from pole position in the first race. His fellow front-row starter Andy Priaulx dropped back from the rolling start and ran wide at the first turn, hitting the wall. Tiago Monteiro moved up to second place, while Gabriele Tarquini made his way from seventh to third. On lap eight Monteiro slowed, teammate Tarquini passing him for second place. Jordi Gene finished third, ahead of Alain Menu. Monteiro also allowed title contender Yvan Muller through, before BMW drivers Augusto Farfus and Jörg Müller also dropped back to finish seventh and eighth, giving them a front-row start for Race Two.

Tom Coronel finished 13th overall, beating rival Felix Porteiro to the Independents' class victory.

Race TwoEdit

Farfus led away from pole position to win the final race of the season, while Tarquini took the 2009 title after finishing fifth. BMW Team Germany teammate Jörg Müller held off pressure from SEAT drivers Yvan Muller and Tiago Monteiro, while Tarquini had moved up to fifth position. A crash for Tom Boardman brought out the safety car on the third lap. The race was red-flagged at the end of lap eight after a major accident at the final turn involving Felix Porteiro, Franz Engstler and André Couto. Porteiro ran wide and hit the barriers, before being hit by Engstler. Engstler's car was left stranded in the middle of the track, where he was collected heavily by Couto. Engstler suffered a broken collarbone in the accident. The race was halted, and eventually it was decided that it would not be restarted.

As the results were taken from the end of lap seven, Porteiro was given the Independents' victory.

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:31.282 2:32.141
2 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 2:31.734 2:32.483
3 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 2:31.505 2:33.033
4 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:31.171 2:33.136
5 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:31.357 2:33.322
6 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 2:31.724 2:34.091
7 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:31.150 no time set
8 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:31.241 no time set
9 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:31.842 no time set
10 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:31.859 no time set
11 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 2:32.059
12 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:32.181
13 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:32.330
14 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 2:33.581
15 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 2:33.812
16 66   André Couto SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:34.047
17 18   Jaap van Lagen Lada Sport Lada Priora 2:34.214
18 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:34.242
19 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2:34.615
20 36   James Thompson Lada Sport Lada Priora 2:36.141
21 49   Nobuteru Taniguchi Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 2:36.431
22 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2:36.473
23 52   Takayuki Aoki Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 2:37.895
24 51   Henry Ho Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2:41.318
107% time: 2:41.730
55   Joseph Rosa Merszei Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2:42.626
67   Lei Kit Meng China Dragon Racing BMW 320si Y 2:44.667
53   Alex Liu Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2:47.747
27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 13:18.881
19   Kirill Ladygin Lada Sport Lada Priora no time set

Race 1Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 9 23:02.627 1 10
2 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +7.952 7 8
3 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +8.996 4 6
4 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 9 +10.328 9 5
5 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +13.534 8 4
6 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +15.517 5 3
7 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 9 +15.782 6 2
8 8   Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 9 +15.967 3 1
9 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 9 +16.301 11
10 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 9 +16.527 15
11 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +16.618 10
12 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 9 +18.476 12
13 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 9 +21.356 13
14 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 9 +21.961 14
15 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 9 +29.923 17
16 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 9 +30.468 18
17 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 9 +44.647 20
18 49   Nobuteru Taniguchi Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 9 +46.571 19
19 52   Takayuki Aoki Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 9 +56.298 21
20 51   Henry Ho Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 9 +1:23.908 22
21 67   Lei Kit Meng China Dragon Racing BMW 320si Y 9 +2:02.061 25
22 55   Joseph Rosa Merszei Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 9 +2:02.321 24
23 18   Jaap van Lagen Lada Sport Lada Priora 7 +2 Laps 23
24 53   Alex Liu Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 7 +2 Laps 26
25 66   André Couto SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 7 +2 Laps 16
NC 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 2 +7 Laps 2
DNS 36   James Thompson Lada Sport Lada Priora 0 Injured
DNS 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 0 Accident damage
DNS 19   Kirill Ladygin Lada Sport Lada Priora 0 Accident damage
  • 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 7 22:20.166 1 10
2 7   Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 7 +0.801 2 8
3 1   Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 7 +1.201 4 6
4 5   Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 7 +1.980 3 5
5 2   Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 7 +3.815 7 4
6 4   Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 7 +5.018 6 3
7 14   Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 7 +5.359 12 2
8 11   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 7 +5.895 8 1
9 9   Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 7 +6.167 9
10 3   Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 7 +6.712 11
11 10   Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 7 +7.764 10
12 23   Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 7 +8.290 14
13 6   Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 7 +8.583 24
14 25   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 7 +9.390 16
15 49   Nobuteru Taniguchi Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 7 +10.635 18
16 52   Takayuki Aoki Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 7 +12.819 19
17 51   Henry Ho Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 7 +27.175 20
18 66   André Couto SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 7 +43.531 23
19 67   Lei Kit Meng China Dragon Racing BMW 320si Y 7 +54.275 21
20 55   Joseph Rosa Merszei Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 7 +57.530 22
21 12   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 5 +2 Laps 5
Ret 21   Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 4 Race incident 13
Ret 22   Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2 Race incident 15
Ret 26   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2 Race incident 17
DNS 18   Jaap van Lagen Lada Sport Lada Priora 0 Engine 25
DNS 53   Alex Liu Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 0 Gearbox
DNS 36   James Thompson Lada Sport Lada Priora 0 Injured
DNS 27   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 0 Accident damage
DNS 19   Kirill Ladygin Lada Sport Lada Priora 0 Accident damage
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Standings after the eventEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (6 November 2009). "Couto joins SUNRED for Macau". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  2. ^ Sulka, Mike (14 November 2009). "Liqui Moly Add Three Locals In Macau". PaddockTalk.com. Paddock Talk. Archived from the original on 31 January 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  3. ^ Sulka, Mike (14 November 2009). "Lei Kit Meng Joins The WTCC Field". PaddockTalk.com. Paddock Talk. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  4. ^ Sulka, Mike (14 November 2009). "Takayuki Aoki Returns To Wiechers-Sport". PaddockTalk.com. Paddock Talk. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  5. ^ Ravaioli, Fabio (19 November 2009). "Farfus-Müller top test in Macau". Automobilsport. MaP. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  6. ^ Noble, Jonathan (20 November 2009). "Farfus fastest in Macau practice". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  7. ^ a b Noble, Jonathan (20 November 2009). "Huff tops practice, Tarquini crashes". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  8. ^ a b Ravaioli, Fabio (20 November 2009). "Rob Huff wins pole in Macau qualifying drama". Automobilsport. MaP. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d English, Steven (21 November 2009). "Thompson to miss Macau races". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
  10. ^ English, Steven (21 November 2009). "Muller, Tarquini cleared to race". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 21 November 2009.

External linksEdit

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