2011 FIA WTCC Race of Hungary

The 2011 FIA WTCC Race of Hungary was the fourth round of the 2011 World Touring Car Championship season and the inaugural running of the FIA WTCC Race of Hungary. It was held on 5 June 2011 at the Hungaroring in Mogyoród near Budapest, Hungary.

Hungary 2011 FIA WTCC Race of Hungary
Race details
Circuit Hungaroring.png
Date5 June, 2011
LocationMogyoród, Hungary
CourseHungaroring
4.381 kilometres (2.722 mi)
Race One
Laps 12
Pole position
Driver Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML
Time 1:56.546
Podium
First Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML
Second Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team
Third Spain Javier Villa Proteam Racing
Fastest Lap
Driver Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team
Time 1:57.552
Race Two
Laps 14
Podium
First France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML
Second United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML
Third Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil-SUNRED
Fastest Lap
Driver Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team
Time 2:04.056

Both races were won by Chevrolet RML with Alain Menu winning race one and defending champion Yvan Muller taking his first win of the season in race one. Javier Villa took his first World Touring Car Championship podium finish in race one.

BackgroundEdit

Coming into the round, Robert Huff was leading the drivers' championship 36 points clear of Chevrolet team–mate Muller. Kristian Poulsen was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

The Race of Hungary was a late addition to the championship calendar, following the cancellation of the FIA WTCC Race of Morocco the Hungaroring was selected as the replacement venue on the same date.[1]

SUNRED Engineering chose to debut their new 1.6 litre turbo engine event in some of their cars. Reliability concerns meant the front running cars of Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro would not run the engine while Fredy Barth, Michel Nykjær and Pepe Oriola ran the new engine.[2] DeTeam KK Motorsport driver Marchy Lee missed the Hungarian round pending a new sponsorship arrangement.[3]

ReportEdit

Testing and free practiceEdit

Menu led the opening test session on Friday ahead of Huff and Muller. The Volvo C30 of Robert Dahlgren was fourth quickest ahead of local driver Norbert Michelisz in the BMW 320 TC. Monteiro was the fastest SEAT driver in tenth and Oriola was fastest of the SUNRED León driver in fourteenth.[4]

Huff was fastest in free practice one on Saturday morning, leading another Chevrolet 1–2–3. Michelisz was the lead BMW in fourth and Monteiro was once again the fastest SEAT car in seventh. The only notable problem during the session was when Urs Sonderegger spun his Wiechers-Sport BMW at the final corner and brought out the yellow flags before continuing.[5]

Chevrolet topped the final practice session, this time with Muller edging out the Polestar Racing Volvo of Dahlgren. Sonderegger brought the session to a half with twelve minutes remaining when he crashed into the tyre wall at the first corner, the session resumed once the tyre wall had been repaired.[6]

QualifyingEdit

Menu took his first pole position since the 2009 FIA WTCC Race of UK, also ending the pole streak of his team–mate Huff. In the first part of qualifying, Mehdi Bennani finished tenth to claim pole position for race two. Championship leader Huff didn't make it through to the second session and would line up twelfth for the races.

In the second session, Menu set his best time early on and Muller moved up to second in the final moments to lock out the front row for Chevrolet. Muller displaced Proteam Racing driver Villa to third and Tom Coronel was fourth. Local driver Michelisz was fifth and Dahlgren was sixth. Monteiro was the highest placed SEAT driver in seventh while Poulsen, Tarquini and Bennani rounded out the top ten.[7]

Warm-UpEdit

Dahlgren topped the warm–up session on Sunday morning as pole sitter Menu went sixth fastest. After sustaining minor injuries in practice, Sonderegger and Wiechers–Sport would not participate in the rest of the weekend.[8]

Race OneEdit

Menu kept his lead at the start while a number of cars including Muller and Coronel ran wide at the first corner. This allowed Michelisz to climb up to second place and catch up with Menu, by lap four the pair were bumper to bumper. Tarquini recovered from his ninth place grid spot to run third at the end of the first lap having briefly battled for second with Michelisz. Dahlgren ran wide and slid through one of the gravel traps but was able to return to the pits. Darryl O'Young served a drive through on lap eight for cutting turn four. After defending for eleven laps, Tarquini and Villa made contact at the first corner and ran wide. Villa took third place and Tarquini dropped to fourth, while the Chevrolets of Muller and Huff stayed behind. Menu held on to take the win with Michelisz second and Villa in third took his first podium in the championship. Barth finished eighth and took the first points for the SUNRED turbo engine and Coronel had retired in the later stages of the race due to high water temperature.[9]

Race TwoEdit

Bennani started on pole position but was passed by Poulsen, who was then struck by Michelisz who had outbraked himself while trying to take third place. Also on the opening lap, Muller was on his way up the order from eight on the grid. He was fourth by the time the race was red flagged due to a heavy rainstorm. All of the cars had been on slick tyres so stopping the race was the only option. The race was resumed on a damp track with the cars now sporting wet tyres. Menu dipped one of his wheels onto the grass at turn four and crashed into the barrier as Muller climbed up to second after passing Coronel. Dahlgren pushed Oriola into one of the barriers and the SEAT retired while Dahlgren would later receive a driver–through penalty for his actions. On the second lap after the restart, Muller then passed Tarquini to take the lead. Huff had climbed from twelfth at the start to eventually take second from Tarquini. At the end of the race, Muller and Huff formed a Chevrolet 1–2, Muller claiming his first win of the season. Tarquini was third ahead of Coronel and Monteiro. Franz Engstler in sixth was the winning independent driver.[10]

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 8   Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:57.620 1:56.546
2 1   Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:57.371 1:56.657
3 20   Javier Villa Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:57.166 1:56.710
4 15   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 1:57.589 1:56.912
5 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team BMW 320 TC Y 1:57.423 1:56.923
6 30   Robert Dahlgren Polestar Racing Volvo C30 1:57.207 1:56.945
7 18   Tiago Monteiro SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:57.578 1:56.974
8 11   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:57.599 1:57.048
9 3   Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:57.397 1:57.073
10 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:57.706 1:57.376
11 9   Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:57.841
12 2   Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:57.854
13 17   Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 1:58.030
14 74   Pepe Oriola SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 1:58.206
15 7   Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 1:58.440
16 12   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:58.582
17 4   Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y 1:58.919
18 10   Yukinori Taniguchi bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:59.308
107% time: 2:05.367
21   Fabio Fabiani Proteam Racing BMW 320si Y 2:05.381
35   Urs Sonderegger Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y no time set
  • Bold denotes Pole position for second race.

Race 1Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8   Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 12 23:45.874 1 25
2 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team BMW 320 TC Y 12 +1.047 5 18
3 20   Javier Villa Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 12 +17.383 3 15
4 2   Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 12 +17.983 12 12
5 1   Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 12 +18.365 2 10
6 3   Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 +18.780 9 8
7 18   Tiago Monteiro SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 +19.374 7 6
8 7   Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 12 +24.349 15 4
9 11   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 12 +24.481 8 2
10 74   Pepe Oriola SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 12 +26.555 14 1
11 10   Yukinori Taniguchi bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 12 +35.306 18
12 9   Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 12 +43.368 11
13 17   Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 12 +44.247 13
14 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 12 +46.490 10
15 12   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 12 +1:06.399 16
16 4   Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y 12 +1:10.090 17
17 21   Fabio Fabiani Proteam Racing BMW 320si Y 12 +1:54.908 19
18 15   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 9 +3 Laps 4
NC 30   Robert Dahlgren Polestar Racing Volvo C30 5 +7 Laps 6
DNS 35   Urs Sonderegger Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 0 Did not start
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 14 59:02.507 8 25
2 2   Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 14 +3.631 12 18
3 3   Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +10.106 7 15
4 15   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 14 +11.699 4 12
5 18   Tiago Monteiro SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +22.995 5 10
6 12   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 14 +23.070 16 8
7 20   Javier Villa Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 14 +26.322 10 6
8 9   Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 14 +31.267 11 4
9 30   Robert Dahlgren Polestar Racing Volvo C30 14 +36.832 9 2
10 7   Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 14 +37.247 15 1
11 10   Yukinori Taniguchi bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 14 +43.609 18
12 4   Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y 14 +1:34.238 17
13 17   Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 13 +1 Lap 13
14 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 13 +1 Lap 1
15 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team BMW 320 TC Y 13 +1 Lap 6
Ret 21   Fabio Fabiani Proteam Racing BMW 320si Y 5 Race incident 19
Ret 8   Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 4 Race incident 2
Ret 74   Pepe Oriola SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 4 Race incident 14
Ret 11   Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 3 Race incident 3
DNS 35   Urs Sonderegger Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 0 Did not start
  • 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 (13 April 2011). "Hungaroring replaces Marrakech round". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  2. ^ Allen, Peter (2 June 2011). "Reliability Doubts Mean No 1.6T Yet For Monteiro, Tarquini". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia Network. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  3. ^ Hudson, Neil (4 June 2011). "Marchy Lee to skip Hungary". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  4. ^ Hudson, Neil (3 June 2011). "Menu on top in first test at the Hungaroring". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  5. ^ Hudson, Neil (4 June 2011). "Rob Huff fastest in Free Practice 1 at the Hungaroring". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  6. ^ Hudson, Neil (4 June 2011). "Yvan Muller leads from Robert Dahlgren in FP2". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  7. ^ Allen, Peter (4 June 2011). "Menu Tops Qualifying In Hungary As Huff Misses Cut". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia Network. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  8. ^ Hudson, Neil (5 June 2011). "Robert Dahlgren leads morning warm-up". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Menu wins race one in Hungary". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Muller wins interrupted race two". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2013.

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