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The 2013 FIA WTCC Race of Slovakia was the third round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship season and the second running of the FIA WTCC Race of Slovakia. It was held on 28 April 2013 at the Automotodróm Slovakia Ring in Orechová Potôň, Slovakia.

Slovakia 2013 FIA WTCC Race of Slovakia
Race details
Slovakiaring.svg
Date28 April, 2013
LocationOrechová Potôň, Slovakia
CourseAutomotodróm Slovakia Ring
5.922 kilometres (3.680 mi)
Race One
Laps 10
Pole position
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda Team
Time 2:10.773
Podium
First Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda Team
Second Portugal Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda Team
Third Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport
Fastest Lap
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda Team
Time 2:12.918
Race Two
Laps 10
Podium
First Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport
Second France Yvan Muller RML
Third Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda Team
Fastest Lap
Driver Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport
Time 2:13.758

The first race was won by Gabriele Tarquini who took the first win for the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team and the Honda Civic WTCC. Tom Coronel won race two for ROAL Motorsport.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Yvan Muller was leading the world drivers' championship while James Nash was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

The compensation weight system came into force after the first two rounds, the Chevrolet Cruze 1.6Ts continued with the 40 kg maximum ballast to maintain their weight of 1,190 kg. The BMW 320 TCs and Lada Grantas lost 20 kg to drop to 1,130 kg while the Honda Civic WTCCs and SEAT León WTCCs remained at their base weights of 1,150 kg.[1] The BMWs were allowed to run with three carbon fibre doors to reduce their weight with the original drivers' door remaining the same.[2]

Fernando Monje came into the round with a five–place grid penalty for the first race after his collision with James Thompson at the Race of Morocco.[3]

ReportEdit

Free practiceEdit

Tarquini led a Honda 1–2 in the first free practice session with Tiago Monteiro second. Coronel was the fastest BMW driver in third ahead of the RML pair of Muller and Tom Chilton. Fredy Barth ended his session early when he got his Wiechers-Sport BMW stuck in the gravel at turn three while an exhaust fire hindered Zengő Motorsport's Norbert Michelisz.[4]

Tarquini was quickest once again the second practice session, leading Muller and Chilton. Robert Huff was the quickest SEAT driver in fourth and Michelisz was seventh after his problems in the morning session.[5]

QualifyingEdit

Having led both practice sessions, Tarquini took his second consecutive pole position of the season, leading a Honda 1–2–3 with Monteiro and Michelisz behind. Tom Boardman stopped just after leaving the pit lane for the first time when his engine misfired, he had already had a new engine fitted after his crash in Marrakech and then required another new engine after free practice two. Five minutes into the first part of qualifying, Darryl O'Young ran wide, crashed his ROAL Motorsport BMW into the barriers at turn nine and brought out the red flags. The session resumed half an hour later once the barriers had been repaired and after Huff topped the times before the stoppage, Tarquini went to the top of the times by the end of Q1. Thompson, Fernando Monje and Marc Basseng failed to get through to the second session for the first time in 2013.

Tarquini was quickest in Q2 with team–mate Monteiro ensuring a Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team front row lockout. Michelisz in third shared the second row with championship leader Muller. Coronel ended up tenth to secure the race two pole position on the reversed grid.[6]

Huff failed the ride height check after qualifying and received a ten–place grid penalty for race one as a result.[7]

Warm-UpEdit

Michelisz was fastest in Sunday morning's warm–up session, the yellow flags were out briefly when Chilton crashed his RML Chevrolet at turn two.[8]

Race OneEdit

Tarquini started on pole position and built up an early lead with Monteiro and Michelisz behind being pursued by Muller. Chilton made contact with Fredy Barth and then went off at turn six on the second lap and got stuck in the gravel trap. Nash held off Coronel for the first eight laps until the bamboo-engineering ran wide at turn eight and allowed Coronel through. Towards the end of the race Michelisz attempted to take second place off Monteiro but did not succeed and the two factory Hondas finished first and second. Four cars were fighting for the final points position with Mehdi Bennani securing tenth spot and Barth beating Stefano D'Aste to eleventh by five thousandths of a second at the line.[9]

Race TwoEdit

Coronel started at the front of the grid and got away from the rest of the field at the start, Pepe Oriola retained his second place and Huff was third. Michel Nykjær didn't get away at the start but the rest of the field avoided him, Nash went out of the race on the opening lap when he ran into one of the gravel traps. On lap two Muller tapped Monteiro out of fourth place and went through. At half distance Huff was able to pass Oriola and Muller also went through into the podium position with Tarquini going down the other side of the SEAT. Muller, Oriola and Tarquini ran three abreast into the next corner where Oriola and Tarquini touched with Oriola dropping down to sixth. Huff and Muller resumed their battle for position until Huff ran wide at turn one allowing both Muller and Tarquini through, Huff was now fourth ahead of Monteiro. Oriola was sixth and battling with Chilton, Michelisz was also involved until he dropped to the back of the field in the final laps. Coronel claimed the win, his first since the 2011 Race of Japan, Muller was second with race one winner Tarquini third.[10]

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2 Points
1 3   Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC 2:10.308 2:10.773 5
2 18   Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC 2:10.907 2:10.877 4
3 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC 2:11.288 2:10.889 3
4 12   Yvan Muller RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:10.972 2:10.941 2
5 23   Tom Chilton RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:11.335 2:11.162 1
6 9   Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 2:11.538 2:11.422
7 1   Robert Huff ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC 2:11.599 2:11.624
8 14   James Nash bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 2:11.988 2:11.714
9 74   Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing Team SEAT León WTCC 2:11.936 2:11.882
10 15   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 2:12.300 2:12.048
11 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 2:12.363 2:12.857
12 17   Michel Nykjær NIKA Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 2:11.738 2:17.614
13 38   Marc Basseng ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC 2:12.603
14 73   Fredy Barth Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 2:12.610
15 10   James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 2:12.641
16 26   Stefano D'Aste PB Racing BMW 320 TC Y 2:12.665
17 7   Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 2:12.891
18 19   Fernando Monje Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 2:12.921
19 37   René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC Y 2:13.223
20 6   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 2:13.582
21 8   Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 2:14.900
107% time: 2:19.429
55   Darryl O'Young ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 13:16.907
22   Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC 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 3   Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC 10 22:18.761 1 25
2 18   Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC 10 +1.202 2 18
3 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC 10 +1.616 3 15
4 12   Yvan Muller RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 10 +5.091 4 12
5 15   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 10 +5.975 9 10
6 14   James Nash bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 10 +7.748 7 8
7 17   Michel Nykjær NIKA Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 10 +9.760 11 6
8 9   Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 10 +10.078 6 4
9 74   Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing Team SEAT León WTCC 10 +14.055 8 2
10 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 10 +19.374 10 1
11 73   Fredy Barth Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 10 +21.474 13
12 26   Stefano D'Aste PB Racing BMW 320 TC Y 10 +21.479 15
13 10   James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 10 +21.837 14
14 55   Darryl O'Young ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 10 +24.891 22
15 19   Fernando Monje Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 10 +25.937 21
16 38   Marc Basseng ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC 10 +27.197 12
17 1   Robert Huff ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC 10 +27.507 17
18 7   Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 10 +36.500 16
19 6   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 10 +41.278 19
20 8   Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 9 +1 Lap 20
21 37   René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC Y 8 +2 Laps 18
Ret 22   Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 6 Engine 23
Ret 23   Tom Chilton RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1 Race incident 5
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 10 22:26.224 1 25
2 12   Yvan Muller RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 10 +2.990 7 18
3 3   Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC 10 +3.345 10 15
4 1   Robert Huff ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC 10 +4.954 4 12
5 18   Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC 10 +5.222 9 10
6 74   Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing Team SEAT León WTCC 10 +11.365 2 8
7 23   Tom Chilton RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 10 +11.625 6 6
8 9   Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 10 +11.816 5 4
9 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 10 +12.265 11 2
10 55   Darryl O'Young ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 10 +12.498 21 1
11 26   Stefano D'Aste PB Racing BMW 320 TC Y 10 +12.827 16
12 17   Michel Nykjær NIKA Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 10 +13.768 12
13 73   Fredy Barth Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 10 +14.651 14
14 10   James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 10 +18.518 15
15 38   Marc Basseng ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC 10 +19.887 13
16 19   Fernando Monje Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 10 +20.246 18
17 14   James Nash bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 10 +22.418 3
18 22   Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 10 +31.643 23
19 37   René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC Y 10 +32.076 19
20 8   Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 10 +35.472 20
21 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC 10 +54.663 8
Ret 7   Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 4 17
Ret 6   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 2 22
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Standings after the eventEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "CARBON FIBRE DOORS FOR THE BMW CARS". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 27 April 2013. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ Hudson, Neil (7 April 2013). "Fernando Monje given penalty for Thompson collision". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  4. ^ Hudson, Neil (27 April 2013). "Gabriele Tarquini leads Honda 1-2 in first Slovakiaring practice". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  5. ^ Allen, Peter (27 April 2013). "Tarquini Tops Both Practice Sessions In Slovakia". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia Network. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
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  7. ^ Hudson, Neil (27 April 2013). "Rob Huff gets ten place penalty for technical infringement". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  8. ^ Abbott, Andrew (28 April 2013). "Michelisz fastest as Chilton crashes". Touring-Cars.net. Andrew Abbott. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
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  10. ^ Tremayne, Sam (28 April 2013). "Slovakia WTCC: Coronel gives BMW its first win of 2013". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 28 April 2013.

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