2010 FIA WTCC Race of Germany

The 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Germany was the eighth round of the 2010 World Touring Car Championship season and the sixth running of the FIA WTCC Race of Germany. It was held at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben near Oschersleben, Germany on 5 September 2010. Race one was won by Alain Menu of Chevrolet RML and race two was by Andy Priaulx of BMW Team RBM.

Germany 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Germany
Race details
Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (de).svg
Date5 September, 2010
LocationOschersleben, Germany
CourseMotorsport Arena Oschersleben
3.696 kilometres (2.297 mi)
Race One
Laps 14
Pole position
Driver Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM
Time 1:38.070
Podium
First Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML
Second Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM
Third France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML
Fastest Lap
Driver Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML
Time 1:36.543
Race Two
Laps 14
Podium
First United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM
Second Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM
Third France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML
Fastest Lap
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini 1:36.890
Time SR-Sport

BackgroundEdit

After the Race of the Czech Republic, Yvan Muller was leading the drivers' championship by a reduced margin of five points of Gabriele Tarquini. Sergio Hernández was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

Harry Vaulkhard was forced to miss the event and the rest of the season having run out of finances.[1] His replacement was Japanese racer Yukinori Taniguchi, who had previously driven for N. Technology in the 2008 World Touring Car Championship season.[2]

ReportEdit

Free practiceEdit

Tarquini set the pace in the opening free practice session, leading Chevrolet driver Robert Huff. Jordi Gené was third and Andy Priaulx was the fastest BMW in fourth. The session was red flagged twice, firstly when Stefano D'Aste stuck his Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si into a tyre wall. The red flags were out for the second time at the end of the session when Tiago Monteiro went off at the Hasseroder Curve as rain started to fall, bringing first practice to an early close.[3]

Muller led a Chevrolet 1–2 in the second practice session on a drying track. Menu was second and Monteiro was the fastest SEAT driver. Michel Nykjær survived an off to go sixth fastest as the best Rookie Challenge driver.[4]

QualifyingEdit

Augusto Farfus took his second pole position of the season in qualifying, beating Chevrolet's Huff by a tenth of a second. All of the SR-Sport, RML Chevrolet and BMW Team RBM cars made it through to Q2, as well as the Zengő-Dension Team car of Norbert Michelisz. Monteiro damaged his front right wheel at the end of Q1 and was unable to take part in Q2, he therefore lined up tenth.

With rain starting to fall, the remaining cars went out to set a time straight away. Huff, Tarquini and Gené required a second lap to set a competitive time. By the third lap, the rain was heavier and caught out Huff who spun and collided with team mate Menu. Tarquini lost control and hit a wall while Michelisz cut across the grass. The rain induced incidents brought out the red flags with three minutes remaining. The session was not restarted, so Priaulx put his BMW in third in the manufacturer's home race and Menu was fourth. Michelisz was fifth and Tarquini was sixth while Tom Coronel, Muller and Gené completed the top nine ahead of Monteiro.[5]

Warm-UpEdit

Chevrolet finished 1–2–3 in the foggy conditions of Sunday morning's warm–up session with Huff leading Menu and Muller. Priaulx stopped out on track while D'Aste damaged the rear of his BMW in a separate incident.[6]

Race OneEdit

Farfus started from pole position but ran wide at turn one after clashing with Huff who had been tapped by Menu. Farfus dropped down to fourth as Huff took the lead followed by Menu and Coronel. Tarquini was caught up the first corner contact and was forced to retire with damage to his SEAT León 2.0 TDI. Further back, Fredy Barth collided with Jordi Gené while Andrei Romanov and Taniguchi did likewise. Huff was later given a drive–through penalty for his part in the clash with Farfus, he failed to serve his penalty within the required three laps and was black–flagged. Farfus had passed Coronel and was closing in on new race leader Menu but couldn't catch him before the finish, finishing second with Muller finishing third. Coronel was fourth, Monteiro was fifth and Priaulx was sixth having started third. Michelisz finished eight to claim pole position for race two and Kristian Poulsen was independent winner.[7]

Race TwoEdit

Starting from third on the grid, Priaulx passed pole sitter Michelisz to take the lead of the race at the first corner. Monteiro bumped off both Nykjær and Michelisz and later served a drive–through penalty. Monteiro's penalty promoted Farfus into second and Muller into third. Towards the end of the race, Menu and Michelisz had been running seventh and eighth but were being caught by Huff, Tarquini and Gené. Huff tapped Michelisz wide at turn one and the Zengő driver dropped to eleventh and out of the points behind the advancing trio. Huff went on to catch Menu at the end of the race as the BMW Team RBM pair finished 1–2 on home turf with Muller the final podium finished and Poulsen repeated his Independents' Trophy victory from race one.[8]

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 10   Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 1:36.228 1:38.070
2 7   Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:35.518 1:38.176
3 11   Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 1:36.326 1:38.186
4 8   Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:36.174 1:38.445
5 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:36.131 1:38.634
6 1   Gabriele Tarquini SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:36.027 1:38.796
7 2   Tom Coronel SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:36.509 1:38.810
8 6   Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:36.111 1:38.869
9 4   Jordi Gené SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:36.071 1:39.994
10 3   Tiago Monteiro SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:36.537 no time set
11 17   Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:36.654
12 18   Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:36.844
13 26   Stefano D'Aste Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:36.881
14 25   Sergio Hernández Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:37.282
15 15   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:37.309
16 20   Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 1:37.532
17 24   Kristian Poulsen Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:37.579
18 21   Mehdi Bennani Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 1:38.091
19 72   Yukinori Taniguchi bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 1:38.203
20 16   Andrei Romanov Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:39.190
21 33   Fabio Fabiani Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:41.877

Race 1Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8   Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 14 22:50.427 4 25
2 10   Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 14 +0.491 1 18
3 6   Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 14 +4.738 7 15
4 3   Tiago Monteiro SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +7.428 9 12
5 11   Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 14 +7.845 3 10
61 2   Tom Coronel SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +36.835 6 8
71 17   Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +43.063 10 6
81 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +46.187 15 4
91 24   Kristian Poulsen Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si Y 14 +46.449 17 2
101 25   Sergio Hernández Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 14 +47.897 13 1
111 18   Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +50.146 11
121 4   Jordi Gené SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +50.584 8
131 15   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 14 +1:02.077 14
141 21   Mehdi Bennani Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 14 +1:04.005 18
151 26   Stefano D'Aste Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 14 +1:04.164 12
161 16   Andrei Romanov Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 14 +1:06.208 20
171 72   Yukinori Taniguchi bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 14 +1:15.550 19
18 7   Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 10 +4 Laps 2
NC 33   Fabio Fabiani Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 6 +8 Laps 21
NC 20   Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 5 +9 Laps 16
Ret 1   Gabriele Tarquini SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 0 Race incident 5
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.
^1  — Coronel, Gené, Michelisz, Franz Engstler, Romanov, Nykjær, Barth, Mehdi Bennani, Poulsen, Hernández, D'Aste and Taniguchi all received 30–second post race penalties for breaking the speed limit during the rolling start.[9]

Race 2Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11   Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 14 22:51.499 3 25
2 10   Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 14 +2.729 7 18
3 6   Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 14 +8.740 6 15
4 17   Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +10.304 2 12
5 2   Tom Coronel SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +10.982 5 10
6 24   Kristian Poulsen Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si Y 14 +11.989 9 8
7 7   Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 14 +16.691 17 6
8 8   Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 14 +17.243 8 4
9 1   Gabriele Tarquini SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +17.919 20 2
10 4   Jordi Gené SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +19.193 12 1
11 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +20.295 1
12 20   Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 14 +22.964 19
13 25   Sergio Hernández Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 14 +23.582 10
14 72   Yukinori Taniguchi bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 14 +35.324 16
15 15   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 14 +38.679 13
16 26   Stefano D'Aste Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 14 +47.949 15
171 16   Andrei Romanov Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 14 +1:02.831 21
182 3   Tiago Monteiro SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +1:04.318 4
19 33   Fabio Fabiani Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 14 +1:28.517 18
20 18   Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +1 Lap 11
Ret 21   Mehdi Bennani Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 0 Race incident 14
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.
^1  — Romanov was given a 30–second penalty after the race a 10–place suspended grid penalty for the next two events for causing a collision.[10]
^2  — Monteiro was given a 30–second post–race penalty in addition to the driver–through penalty he served on lap six for a collision.

Standings after the eventEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Paice, Simon (31 August 2010). "Vaulkhard Set To Miss Remainder Of WTCC Campaign". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia Network. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  2. ^ Hudson, Neil (1 September 2010). "Taniguchi to replace Vaulkhard at Oschersleben". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  3. ^ Hudson, Neil (4 September 2010). "Tarquini fastest at Oschersleben Free Practice 1". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  4. ^ Lennstrom, Ola (4 September 2010). "Chevrolet in command in second practice". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  5. ^ English, Steven (4 September 2010). "Farfus tops dramatic qualifying". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  6. ^ Hudson, Neil (5 September 2010). "Chevrolet 1-2-3 at foggy Oschersleben warm-up". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  7. ^ Allen, Peter (6 September 2010). "Menu Wins Race One After Huff Is Black-Flagged". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia Network. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  8. ^ Allen, Peter (6 September 2010). "Priaulx Wins Again In BMW 1-2 In Germany". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia Network. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  9. ^ Hudson, Neil (5 September 2010). "Twelve penalties given for false start in race one (update)". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  10. ^ Hudson, Neil (5 September 2010). "Coronel loses fourth place finish". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.

External linksEdit

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