2010 FIA WTCC Race of Belgium

The 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Belgium (formally the 2010 FIA WTCC Monroe Race of Belgium) was the fourth round of the 2010 World Touring Car Championship season and the second running of the FIA WTCC Race of Belgium. It was held at Circuit Zolder, near Heusden-Zolder, Belgium on 20 June 2010. It saw the return of the Race of Belgium to the championship, after it was last held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in 2005. The first race was won by Gabriele Tarquini for SR-Sport and the second race was won by Andy Priaulx for BMW Team RBM.

Belgium 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Belgium
Race details
Zolder.svg
Date20 June, 2010
LocationHeusden-Zolder, Belgium
CourseZolder
4.006 kilometres (2.489 mi)
Race One
Laps 13
Pole position
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini SR-Sport
Time 1:38.265
Podium
First Italy Gabriele Tarquini SR-Sport
Second France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML
Third Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM
Time 1:40.138
Race Two
Laps 13
Podium
First United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM
Second United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML
Third Portugal Tiago Monteiro SR-Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM
Time 1:40.181

BackgroundEdit

After round three, Yvan Muller was leading the championship on 100 points, 24 ahead of Tarquini and Chevrolet RML teammate Robert Huff. Sergio Hernández was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

Two Belgian drivers joined the field for the event, with Vincent Radermecker joining the factory Chevrolet RML team,[1] while Pierre-Yves Corthals returned to the WTCC in an Exagon Engineering run SEAT León 2.0 TFSI.[2]

ReportEdit

Testing and free practiceEdit

Augusto Farfus set the fastest time in Friday testing, with his team–mate Priaulx finishing third. Between them was the Chevrolet Cruze of championship leader Muller. Darryl O'Young in the bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti was fourth fastest and the lead independent driver. Alain Menu and Huff saw reduced running thanks to technical problems. Radermecker was the fastest of the two Belgian drivers in tenth. Corthals was 21st in the sole petrol SEAT entry.[3]

Tiago Monteiro was quickest in the drying conditions of free practice one on Saturday morning, with team–mates Tom Coronel and Jordi Gené second and third. Farfus was the top BMW in fourth and seventh placed Menu was the leading Chevrolet.[4]

Gené led the final practice session with Monteiro second, Muller third and Menu in fourth. Harry Vaulkhard was the fastest independent driver in fifth. The session was brought to a close four minutes early when the engine in Tarquini's SEAT blew, bringing out the red flags.[5]

QualifyingEdit

Alain Menu was fastest in Q1 for Chevrolet, ahead of SR-Sport's Tiago Monteiro and Gabriele Tarquini. The most notable casualty from the session was Tom Coronel, who was 11th fastest.

In the ten-minute Q2 session, eight of the ten competing cars set their first flying laptimes before rain began to fall over the circuit. Tarquini was fastest ahead of teammate Jordi Gené, Chevrolet teammates Menu and Yvan Muller and the SEATs of Norbert Michelisz, Fredy Barth and Monteiro. The BMW Team RBM pairing of Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus did not set times until after the rain arrived, meaning they could only set the ninth and tenth fastest times.[6]

Warm-UpEdit

BMW Team RBM pair Priaulx and Farfus led Sunday morning warm–up.[7]

Race OneEdit

At the start of the race, pole sitter Tarquini was passed by SR-Sport teammate Gené. However, the Spaniard's start was put under investigation, as tt appeared that Gené was ahead of Tarquini as the pair crossed the line for the rolling start. Further behind, contact behind O'Young and Michel Nykjær put O'Young in the gravel, but he managed to rejoin the back of the pack. As the leaders remained in order, Kristian Poulsen passed Corthals for the independents lead and 12th place overall. Having dropped back to tenth place early on, Priaulx passed Coronel for eighth place and pole position for the reverse grid second race. Gené meanwhile took the victory ahead of Tarquini, Muller, Menu and Monteiro.[8]

After the second race of the day, Gené was disqualified for a technical infringement, handing the victory to Tarquini.[9]

Race TwoEdit

Polesitter Priaulx made a good start to Race Two. Fellow front-row starter Norbert Michelisz made a slow getaway, dropping him to eighth. Coronel also made a slow start from ninth place. Priaulx, Huff, Monteiro, Menu and Muller followed each other around until the end of the race. Farfus attempted to pass Tarquini for sixth around the outside of turn one, but ran wide and dropped back to eighth behind Michelisz. Hernández took the independents victory in ninth position ahead of Coronel.[10]

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 1   Gabriele Tarquini SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:38.999 1:38.265
2 4   Jordi Gené SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:39.061 1:38.430
3 8   Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:38.840 1:38.494
4 6   Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:39.037 1:38.584
5 7   Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:39.187 1:38.779
6 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:39.072 1:39.072
7 18   Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:39.151 1:39.173
8 3   Tiago Monteiro SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:38.875 1:39.255
9 11   Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 1:39.030 1:42.856
10 10   Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 1:39.112 1:52.493
11 2   Tom Coronel SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:39.456
12 17   Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:39.472
13 27   Pierre-Yves Corthals Exagon Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:39.610
14 20   Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 1:39.824
15 24   Kristian Poulsen Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:39.863
16 35   Vincent Radermecker Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:40.003
17 15   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:40.058
18 25   Sergio Hernández Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:40.278
19 26   Stefano D'Aste Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:40.287
20 19   Harry Vaulkhard bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 1:40.395
21 21   Mehdi Bennani Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 1:40.738
22 16   Andrei Romanov Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:42.934

Race 1Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Gabriele Tarquini SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 21:54.209 1 25
2 6   Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +2.629 4 18
3 8   Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +3.056 3 15
4 3   Tiago Monteiro SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +3.559 8 12
5 7   Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +3.866 5 10
6 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +4.192 6 8
7 11   Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 13 +4.827 9 6
8 2   Tom Coronel SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +9.295 11 4
9 10   Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 13 +9.453 10 2
10 18   Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +9.655 7 1
11 24   Kristian Poulsen Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si Y 13 +13.373 15
12 27   Pierre-Yves Corthals SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TSFI Y 13 +15.400 13
13 25   Sergio Hernández Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 13 +17.611 18
14 21   Mehdi Bennani Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 13 +18.240 21
15 19   Harry Vaulkhard bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 13 +19.423 20
16 26   Stefano D'Aste Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 13 +20.491 19
17 35   Vincent Radermecker Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +20.877 16
18 17   Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +26.489 12
19 16   Andrei Romanov Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 13 +54.042 22
20 20   Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 12 +1 Lap 14
Ret 15   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 8 Gearbox 17
DSQ 4   Jordi Gené SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 Disqualified 2
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11   Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 13 21:52.091 1 25
2 7   Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +1.049 3 18
3 3   Tiago Monteiro SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +1.754 4 15
4 8   Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +2.298 5 12
5 6   Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +4.784 6 10
6 1   Gabriele Tarquini SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +5.788 7 8
7 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +6.283 2 6
8 10   Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 13 +6.663 10 4
9 25   Sergio Hernández Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 13 +13.491 14 2
10 2   Tom Coronel SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +14.810 9 1
11 24   Kristian Poulsen Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si Y 13 +15.063 12
12 20   Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 13 +18.227 21
13 26   Stefano D'Aste Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 13 +18.876 17
14 35   Vincent Radermecker Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +20.678 18
15 27   Pierre-Yves Corthals SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TSFI Y 13 +23.936 13
16 15   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 13 +24.353 22
17 16   Andrei Romanov Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 13 +55.610 20
18 18   Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +57.511 11
19 21   Mehdi Bennani Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 12 +1 Lap 15
Ret 17   Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 7 Race incident 19
Ret 19   Harry Vaulkhard bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 2 Race incident 16
Ret 4   Jordi Gené SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 0 Turbo 8
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Standings after the eventEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (18 May 2010). "Radermecker gets a Cruze for Zolder". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  2. ^ Meissner, Johan (4 May 2010). "Pierre-Yves Corthals returns to WTCC at Zolder". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  3. ^ English, Steven (18 June 2010). "Farfus leads Zolder test day". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  4. ^ Meissner, Johan (19 June 2010). "Monteiro tops damp morning practice". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  5. ^ Meissner, Johan (19 June 2010). "Gené fastest in red-flagged second practice". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  6. ^ "FIA WTCR | World Touring Car Cup".
  7. ^ Hudson, Neil (20 June 2010). "BMW's lead in Zolder warm-up". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  8. ^ English, Steven (20 June 2010). "WTCC news: Gene claims first Zolder victory". AUTOSPORT.com. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  9. ^ English, Steven (20 June 2010). "WTCC news: Gene excluded from Zolder victory". AUTOSPORT.com. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  10. ^ English, Steven (20 June 2010). "WTCC news: Priaulx takes third win of 2010". AUTOSPORT.com. Retrieved 20 July 2014.

External linksEdit

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