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2012 FIA WTCC Race of Spain

The 2012 FIA WTCC Race of Spain was the second round of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship season and the eighth running of the FIA WTCC Race of Spain . It was held on 1 April 2012 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. Chevrolet driver Yvan Muller took pole position for the first race, with Wiechers-Sport's Stefano D'Aste on pole for the second race after the top ten qualifiers were reversed. Both races were won by Chevrolet with Muller winning race one and Alain Menu winning race two.

Spain 2012 Race of Spain
Race details
Valencia (Ricardo Tormo) track map.svg
Date1 April, 2012
LocationValencia, Spain
CourseCircuit Ricardo Tormo
4.005 kilometres (2.489 mi)
Race One
Laps 13
Pole position
Driver France Yvan Muller Chevrolet
Time 1:42.228
Podium
First France Yvan Muller Chevrolet
Second Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing
Third Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport
Fastest Lap
Driver France Yvan Muller Chevrolet
Time 1:44.194
Race Two
Laps 13
Podium
First Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Second Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport
Third Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Time 1:44.278

BackgroundEdit

After the opening round in Italy, Muller was leading the drivers' championship. D'Aste was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

A continued shortage of the new for 2012 SEAT 1.6T engine meant the cars run by SUNRED Engineering switched to the SUNRED 1.6T engine prior to the Race of Spain. Tiago Monteiro and Andrea Barlesi would switch to the engine and they were joined by series debutant Fernando Monje.[1] Monje joined the championship, having competed in the supporting European Touring Car Cup at Monza. Tom Boardman returned to the championship having been forced to sit out the opening round. With no SEAT 1.6T engine available for him, he took part in the event using the TDI engine.[2]

ReportEdit

Free practiceEdit

Muller led the opening practice session on Saturday morning with Robert Huff second and Menu third. Pepe Oriola was the fastest SEAT León WTCC while Monteiro was the fastest of the three SUNRED engined cars.[3]

Gabriele Tarquini went quickest in the second free practice session in his Lukoil Racing Team SEAT. ROAL Motorsport driver Tom Coronel had set the pace for much of the session until his time was beaten by Huff and then Tarquini in the final five minutes of the session. Charles Ng was given a black flag after getting stuck in a gravel trap on his first flying lap and then continuing in the session after receiving outside help. Six drivers were warned for cutting the apex at the first corner.[4]

QualifyingEdit

Muller secured his first pole position of the year in qualifying ahead of Tarquini and Coronel. Oriola took the independents' pole with fourth place. Tarquini had been fastest in the first part of qualifying but Muller had been close to going out in the first element of qualifying. Muller had his best time removed for running too wide but he ended the session eighth after a last minute flying lap. By finishing tenth in second qualifying, D'Aste secured the pole position on the reversed grid in race two. The session was not stopped at any time but after the session, the Lukoil Racing car of Aleksei Dudukalo caught fire in Parc Ferme.[5]

Warm-UpEdit

Huff led the warm up session on Sunday morning with pole sitter Muller second fastest.[6]

Race OneEdit

Muller led from start to finish to secure his third straight victory of the year. Tarquini had got a better launch from the rolling start but Muller was able to defend and from then on Tarquini's main threat was from Coronel behind. Coronel had received a black and white driving standards flag for making contact with Tarquini but continued on to the final podium spot. Huff and Menu climbed up to fourth and fifth respectively at the expense of Oriola, but sixth place was still enough to secure the independents' victory for Oriola. Monteiro was able to finish in the top ten in his SUNRED-powered car while the only car that failed to finish was Dudukalo.[7]

Race TwoEdit

Menu ended Muller's winning streak in race two by coming home ahead of Coronel and D'Aste. Wiechers-Sport driver D'Aste had led until lap seven when he ran wide and handed the lead to Menu. Both Menu and D'Aste then hit oil two laps later sending them across the gravel at turn ten and promoting Coronel to second. Coronel battled with Menu for the lead in the final laps but held on to take the win by less than a second. Menu's Chevrolet was followed home by four BMW 320 TCs as Norbert Michelisz and Franz Engstler followed Coronel and D'Aste.[8]

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2 Points
1 1   Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:43.458 1:42.228 5
2 3   Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 1:42.933 1:42.591 4
3 15   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 1:43.323 1:42.643 3
4 74   Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:43.340 1:42.829 2
5 2   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:43.427 1:42.862 1
6 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:43.483 1:42.994
7 6   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:43.683 1:43.108
8 4   Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:43.230 1:43.410
9 8   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:42.975 1:43.472
10 26   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 1:43.850 1:43.544
11 18   Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 1:43.801 1:43.640
12 20   Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:43.391 1:43.832
13 16   Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:43.889
14 11   Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:43.951
15 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:44.060
16 14   James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 1:44.126
17 27   Gábor Wéber Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:44.316
18 12   Pasquale Di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:44.342
19 24   Isaac Tutumlu Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:44.435
20 88   Fernando Monje SUNRED Engineering SR León 1.6T Y 1:44.509
21 23   Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 1:44.702
22 22   Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León TDi Y 1:44.703
23 40   Andrea Barlesi SUNRED Engineering SR León 1.6T Y 1:45.124
24 7   Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:45.716
  • Bold denotes Pole position for second race.

Race 1Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 13 22:53.924 1 25
2 3   Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 13 +6.988 2 18
3 15   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 13 +7.232 3 15
4 2   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 13 +8.982 5 12
5 8   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 13 +9.250 9 10
6 74   Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 13 +10.614 4 8
7 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 13 +11.854 6 6
8 6   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 13 +12.202 7 4
9 18   Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 13 +21.185 11 2
10 20   Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 13 +24.010 12 1
11 26   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 13 +25.349 10
12 14   James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 13 +30.104 16
13 16   Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 13 +30.282 13
14 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 13 +30.685 15
15 11   Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 13 +31.373 14
16 24   Isaac Tutumlu Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 13 +32.187 19
17 27   Gábor Wéber Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 13 +33.507 17
18 7   Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 13 +34.050 24
19 23   Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 13 +34.372 21
20 22   Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León TDi Y 13 +36.599 22
21 88   Fernando Monje SUNRED Engineering SR León 1.6T Y 13 +37.377 20
22 12   Pasquale Di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 13 +37.926 18
23 40   Andrea Barlesi SUNRED Engineering SR León 1.6T Y 13 +51.999 23
NC 4   Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 6 +7 Laps 8
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8   Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 13 23:03.207 2 25
2 15   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 13 +0.861 8 18
3 26   Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 13 +1.306 1 15
4 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 13 +1.629 5 12
5 6   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 13 +1.901 4 10
6 2   Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 13 +3.007 6 8
7 74   Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 13 +5.704 7 6
8 1   Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 13 +6.368 10 4
9 3   Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 13 +15.044 9 2
10 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 13 +15.306 15 1
11 24   Isaac Tutumlu Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 13 +19.838 19
12 4   Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 13 +21.166 3
13 18   Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 13 +21.865 11
14 11   Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 13 +23.167 14
15 23   Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 13 +25.024 21
16 12   Pasquale Di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 13 +27.071 18
17 40   Andrea Barlesi SUNRED Engineering SR León 1.6T Y 13 +50.229 23
18 88   Fernando Monje SUNRED Engineering SR León 1.6T Y 13 +1:04.377 20
19 7   Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 10 +3 Laps 24
Ret 14   James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 8 Suspension 16
Ret 20   Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 4 Overheating 12
Ret 16   Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1 Suspension 13
Ret 22   Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León TDi Y 0 Accident 22
DNS 27   Gábor Wéber Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 0 Clutch 17
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Standings after the roundEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mills, Peter (30 March 2012). "Tiago Monteiro, Andrea Barlesi and Fernando Monje to switch engines for Valencia WTCC round". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  2. ^ Allen, Peter (28 March 2012). "Tom Boardman Raring To Go In Valencia". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia Network. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  3. ^ Hudson, Neil (31 March 2012). "Yvan Muller leads the way in Free Practice 1". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  4. ^ Hudson, Neil (31 March 2012). "Gabriele Tarquini tops FP2 in Spain". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  5. ^ Auger, Matt (31 March 2012). "Muller secures Valencia pole". TouringCars.net. Andrew Abbott. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  6. ^ Hudson, Neil (1 April 2012). "Rob Huff leads the way in Valencia warm up". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  7. ^ Allen, Peter (1 April 2012). "Muller Continues Winning Start With Dominant Valencia Victory". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia Network. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  8. ^ Mills, Peter (1 April 2012). "Alain Menu battles to Valencia World Touring Car race two win". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 21 December 2012.

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