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The 2013 FIA WTCC Race of Hungary was the fourth round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship season and the third running of the FIA WTCC Race of Hungary. It was held on 5 May 2013 at the Hungaroring in Mogyoród near Budapest, Hungary.

Hungary 2013 FIA WTCC Race of Hungary
Race details
Circuit Hungaroring.png
Date5 May, 2013
LocationMogyoród, Hungary
CourseHungaroring
4.381 kilometres (2.722 mi)
Race One
Laps 12
Pole position
Driver France Yvan Muller RML
Time 1:53.426
Podium
First France Yvan Muller RML
Second Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport
Third Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda Team
Fastest Lap
Driver France Yvan Muller RML
Time 1:55.801
Race Two
Laps 14
Podium
First United Kingdom Robert Huff Münnich Motorsport
Second Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing
Third United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Robert Huff Münnich Motorsport
Time 1:56.408

Race one was won by Yvan Muller of RML from pole position. Race two was won by Robert Huff for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, the first win in the World Touring Car Championship for the team and Huff's first victory as the reigning champion.

BackgroundEdit

After three rounds, Muller was leading the world drivers' championship and James Nash was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

The compensation weights were revised for the Hungarian rounds with the SEAT León WTCCs gaining 10 kg (22 lb) of ballast and the Honda Civic WTCCs gaining 30 kg (66 lb) of ballast.[1]

Campos Racing expanded to two cars with Hugo Valente returning to the championship to drive alongside Fernando Monje.[2]

ReportEdit

Free practiceEdit

Gabriele Tarquini was the quickest driver in the first free practice session on Saturday morning with Tiago Monteiro in second making it a Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team 1–2. Muller was third ahead of the third Honda of Norbert Michelisz. Valente was the quickest SEAT driver in fifth and Slovakia race two winner Tom Coronel was seventh. Charles Ng was black flagged for exceeding the track limits repeatedly.[3]

Chevrolets filled the top three positions at the end of the free practice two with Muller leading teammate Tom Chilton and bamboo-engineering's James Nash. Huff was the top SEAT driver in fourth ahead of Michelisz and Coronel. Tarquini and Monteiro and seventh and eighth both set fastest lap times of 1:55.547. James Thompson was ninth in the best placed Lukoil Lada Sport car. A number of drivers were warned for exceeding the track limits but Stefano D'Aste was black flagged for doing so repeatedly.[4]

QualifyingEdit

Tarquini was quickest in the first part of qualifying. Fredy Barth set his best lap late in the session which knocked Pepe Oriola out of the top twelve. Nash and Mehdi Bennani were the final two drivers who would go through to Q2 and both were in the pits but Oriola was unable to beat their times for earlier on. Thompson had earlier in the session been running in the top ten but ended the session sixteenth having been called in for weighing near the end of the session.

Michelisz held the fastest time briefly until Muller demoted him moments later, a time the rest of the Q2 participants couldn't beat it. The RML driver took pole position ahead of local driver Michelisz and the two works Honda drivers. Tarquini aborted his first lap and at the end of the session and returned to the track near the end of the session to set a time to put him third on the grid ahead of Monteiro. Nash was the quickest independent driver in seventh while his teammate Alex MacDowall in tenth would take the pole position when the grid was reversed for race two.[5]

Tom Boardman had all his times removed when his car failed the ride height check after Q1, he would start at the back of the grid for both races.[6]

Warm-UpEdit

Michelisz was fastest in warm–up ahead of Huff and Muller. Franz Engstler was black flagged for repeatedly exceeding the track limits.[7]

Race OneEdit

Muller retained his lead at the rolling start with Michelisz and Tarquini remaining second and third respectively. Further down the field at turn two a number of drivers were caught out by a pileup. Darryl O'Young ran into the back of Monje who then collided with Barth while O'Young hit Thompson who retired on the spot with a broken right rear suspension. Oriola also retired at the second corner while Barth returned to the pits for repairs. A number of other drivers were also delayed by the incident including Monteiro who suffered a puncture on the pit straight at the start of lap two and collided with the tyre wall on the outside of the first corner when he was unable to stop. Muller and Michelisz distanced themselves from the rest of the field where Tarquini was running third ahead of Huff. Chilton had been running behind them early on before Bennani ran wide at the penultimate corner allowing Coronel through. Coronel battled with Chilton for a number of laps until the RML driver made a mistake that let both Coronel and Bennani through. Coronel quickly caught up to fourth placed Huff but was unable to take the place, the pair had made light contact on several occasions before Coronel made a mistake and Bennani re–passed the ROAL Motorsport driver. Michelisz had been closing in on Muller in the final laps but couldn't pass and Muller took the win. The battle between Huff and Coronel had allowed Tarquini to break away into a safe third place and Bennani finished fifth to take the independents' victory.[8]

Race TwoEdit

Before the start of the race the Honda Civic of Monteiro was being repaired following the crash in race one but problems with starting the car meant he was not able to get going before the end of the repair time, he therefore started the race from the end of the pit lane. MacDowall was on pole position for the standing start but he was passed straight away by Bennani who took the lead while Huff put himself up into second place. On the exit of the second corner, Tarquini was turned around across the front of Muller's car and was launched into the barriers before coming back across the track in front of Michelisz and then collecting Engstler. The safety car came out while the cars were cleared from the track and Tarquini received medical assistance. The race distance was extended by two laps and Bennani led away at the restart on lap five but Huff took the lead around the outside at the first corner. Having been given a drive–through penalty, Barth then stopped in the pit entry three laps from the end. Huff won the race with Bennani close behind while the Bamboo cars of MacDowall and Nash finished third and fourth ahead of Muller.[9]

Tarquini and Engstler were taken to Budapest's military hospital following their collision, Engstler was discharged later in the day while Tarquini was kept in overnight while still suffering neck pains.[10]

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2 Points
1 12   Yvan Muller RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:54.173 1:53.426 5
2 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC 1:54.397 1:53.806 4
3 3   Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC 1:54.076 1:53.953 3
4 18   Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC 1:54.546 1:54.048 2
5 15   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 1:54.657 1:54.077 1
6 23   Tom Chilton RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:54.490 1:54.181
7 14   James Nash bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:54.767 1:54.270
8 1   Robert Huff ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC 1:54.193 1:54.380
9 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:54.778 1:54.455
10 9   Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:54.498 1:54.533
11 17   Michel Nykjær NIKA Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:54.652 1:54.972
12 73   Fredy Barth Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 1:54.569 1:55.054
13 74   Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing Team SEAT León WTCC 1:54.851
14 6   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:54.958
15 26   Stefano D'Aste PB Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.103
16 10   James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1:55.168
17 55   Darryl O'Young ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.229
18 7   Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.283
19 19   Fernando Monje Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:55.299
20 38   Marc Basseng ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC 1:55.452
21 8   Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1:55.608
22 20   Hugo Valente Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:55.882
23 37   René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC Y 1:56.656
EX1 22   Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y Excluded
  • Bold denotes Pole position for second race.
^1 — Boardman had his times deleted when his car failed the ride height test after qualifying.[6]

Race 1Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12   Yvan Muller RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 12 23:17.125 1 25
2 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC 12 +0.617 2 18
3 3   Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC 12 +12.670 3 15
4 1   Robert Huff ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC 12 +13.573 8 12
5 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 12 +13.861 9 10
6 15   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 12 +14.133 5 8
7 23   Tom Chilton RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 12 +15.021 6 6
8 9   Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 12 +17.343 10 4
9 14   James Nash bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 12 +18.073 7 2
10 17   Michel Nykjær NIKA Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 12 +18.465 11 1
11 38   Marc Basseng ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC 12 +23.782 20
12 20   Hugo Valente Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 12 +28.395 22
13 6   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 12 +29.116 14
14 26   Stefano D'Aste PB Racing BMW 320 TC Y 12 +30.474 15
15 7   Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 12 +34.221 18
16 19   Fernando Monje Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 12 +35.498 19
17 8   Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 12 +39.708 21
18 37   René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC Y 12 +44.193 23
NC 55   Darryl O'Young ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 5 +7 Laps 17
Ret 22   Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 3 Puncture 24
Ret 18   Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC 1 Puncture 4
Ret 73   Fredy Barth Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 1 Race incident 12
Ret 74   Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing Team SEAT León WTCC 0 Race incident 13
Ret 10   James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 0 Race incident 16
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Robert Huff ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC 14 29:35.871 3 25
2 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 14 +0.426 2 18
3 9   Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 14 +4.043 1 15
4 14   James Nash bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 14 +4.465 4 12
5 12   Yvan Muller RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 14 +4.783 9 10
6 15   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 14 +5.490 6 8
7 23   Tom Chilton RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 14 +6.835 5 6
8 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC 14 +7.232 8 4
9 17   Michel Nykjær NIKA Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 14 +8.413 10 2
10 55   Darryl O'Young ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 14 +8.663 14 1
11 26   Stefano D'Aste PB Racing BMW 320 TC Y 14 +10.180 13
12 10   James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 14 +14.305 22
13 18   Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC 14 +14.886 201
14 7   Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 14 +20.289 15
15 22   Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 14 +23.547 24
16 74   Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing Team SEAT León WTCC 14 +24.227 11
17 38   Marc Basseng ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC 14 +25.395 17
18 19   Fernando Monje Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 14 +26.536 16
19 20   Hugo Valente Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 14 +31.352 23
20 8   Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 14 +32.330 18
21 37   René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC Y 14 +32.710 19
22 73   Fredy Barth Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 11 +3 Laps 21
Ret 6   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 0 Race incident 12
Ret 3   Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC 0 Race incident 7
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.
^1 — Monteiro started from the pit lane.

Standings after the eventEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Abbott, Andrew (30 April 2013). "Honda and SEAT put on weight for Hungary". Touring-Cars.net. Andrew Abbott. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
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  4. ^ Hudson, Neil (4 May 2013). "Yvan Muller leads the way in second practice at the Hungaroring". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  5. ^ "MULLER ON POLE, MICHELISZ IS SECOND". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 4 May 2013. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ a b "BOARDMAN'S LAP TIMES DISALLOWED". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 4 May 2013. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ Hudson, Neil (5 May 2013). "Norbert Michelisz leads the warm up in Hungary". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  8. ^ Abbott, Andrew (5 May 2013). "Muller beats Michelisz in Hungary". Touring-Cars.net. Andrew Abbott. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  9. ^ Tremayne, Sam (5 May 2013). "Hungaroring WTCC: Huff claims first win of 2013 season". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  10. ^ "TARQUINI TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN HOSPITAL". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 5 May 2013. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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