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2014 Guia Race of Macau

The 2014 Guia Race of Macau was the twelfth and final round of the 2014 World Touring Car Championship season and the tenth running of the Guia Race of Macau. The race was part of the Macau Grand Prix weekend, headlined by the Formula Three event. It was held on 16 November 2014 at the Guia Circuit in the Chinese special administrative region of Macau.

Macau 2014 Guia Race of Macau
Race details
Circuito da Guia GP.svg
Date16 November, 2014
LocationMacau
CourseGuia Circuit
6.120 kilometres (3.803 mi)
Race One
Laps 10
Pole position
Driver Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC
Time 2:24.294
Podium
First Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC
Second Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport
Third Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda Team
Fastest Lap
Driver Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC
Time 2:27.338
Race Two
Laps 11
Podium
First United Kingdom Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport
Second France Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC
Third France Hugo Valente Campos Racing
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport
Time 2:27.009

Race one was won by José María López for Citroën Total WTCC and race two was won by Robert Huff for Lada Sport.

BackgroundEdit

López had secured the drivers' championship at the previous race. His teammatess Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb were both in contention to finish second in the standings. Franz Engstler had secured the Yokohama Trophy title two rounds previously.

Pepe Oriola returned to the championship with Campos Racing, driving a TC1 Chevrolet Cruze in place of the injured Dušan Borković. William Lok returned to Campos to drive a TC2 SEAT León.[1]

When the compensation weights were revised after the previous round; the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC retained the maximum ballast to keep their weight at 1,160 kilograms (2,557 lb). The only change was to the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1s which gained 10 kilograms (22 lb) to weigh 1,140 kilograms (2,513 lb).[2]

ReportEdit

Testing and free practiceEdit

Norbert Michelisz led the test session on Thursday morning ahead of Muller and López.[3]

Gabriele Tarquini led a Castrol Honda 1–2 in first free practice later on Thursday, teammate Tiago Monteiro was second ahead of López, Muller and Michelisz. Series returnee Pepe Oriola was the fastest Chevrolet in fifth. The session was red–flagged seven minutes in when Hugo Valente crashed his Campos Racing Chevrolet into the barriers.[4]

López led free practice two on Friday ahead of teammate Ma Qing Hua. The session was first interrupted when Henry Kwong crashed into the barrier at Lisboa, the session was then red–flagged when Oriola clipped the barriers at the Esses.[5]

QualifyingEdit

Michelisz was quickest in the first part of qualifying which was extended due to the length of the Guia Circuit. Five minutes into the session Oriola was involved in an accident which would see the Spaniard ruled out of the rest of the weekend.[6] Mehdi Bennani was the first of the drivers who failed to get through to Q2 along with James Thompson and Mikhail Kozlovskiy. René Münnich failed to qualify within the 107% rule despite setting a time quicker than TC2 driver Felipe De Souza who qualified in 18th.

López topped the times in Q2, Valente was tenth to secure pole race two where he would share the front row with ROAL Motorsport's Tom Chilton. Ma finished eleventh and missed out on the reversed grid opportunity while his three teammates made it through to Q3 along with Tom Coronel and Michelisz.

López recorded his seventh pole of the season on his maiden appearance at the Macau circuit. Citroën filled the first three places, Sébastien Loeb out–qualified Muller who had been suffering with understeer while Michelisz took fourth ahead of Coronel.[7]

Race OneEdit

Michelisz got around Muller and Loeb to move into second as Chilton stalled on the grid. Muller dropped to sixth position behind the two factory Hondas of Tarquini and Monteiro. On lap three Loeb tried a pass around the outside of Michelisz at Lisboa, losing him places to Tarquini, Monteiro and Muller. On lap five Kwong collided with the barriers, teammate Lok then went off at Melco a few seconds later. On lap nine Bennani went off at the start line after a collision with Kwong who was a lap down and trying to get out of the way; Kwong swerved across and tagged Bennani which caused Bennani to lose control and tag the barriers. The race finished with yellow flags in sector one for the stricken Proteam Racing Honda, López claimed a dominant victory with Michelisz and Tarquini completing the podium. Franz Engstler was the Yokohama Trophy winner.[8]

Race TwoEdit

Bennani was unable to start race two due to damage sustained to his car in race one while Tarquini pulled out due to illness. At the start Monteiro got through between front row starters Valente and Chilton, Valente tried to retake the lead at Lisboa but outbraked himself and dropped back. Monteiro now led from Huff and Muller, Michelisz was fourth with Valente and Chilton leading the rest of the pack which was dropping back from the lead battle. Gianni Morbidelli went off at Fishermen's Bend on lap four having lost the rear of his Chevrolet on the exit, the car was quickly lifted away. Lap five saw Loeb pass Coronel at Lisboa to take eighth place, he pulled off a similar move on Chilton on the following lap to take seventh place as Ma unsuccessfully tried to pass Coronel just behind. On lap seven Ma went into the barriers at R bend with the safety car coming out at the end of the following lap while the car was removed. The safety car came in at the end of the lap nine and race distance was extended to eleven laps. Valente pass Michelisz for fourth on the approach to Lisboa, later on in the lap Huff and Muller both leapt ahead of Monteiro who dropping back down the field quickly with steering problems. Huff won the race with Muller and Valente completing the podium, Franz Engstler finished tenth to take the final point and victory in the Yokohama Trophy.[9]

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2 Q3 Points
1 37   José María López Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 2:26.508 2:24.329 2:24.294 5
2 9   Sébastien Loeb Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 2:26.036 2:24.536 2:24.522 4
3 1   Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 2:26.618 2:25.035 2:24.779 3
4 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC TC1 2:25.920 2:25.699 2:25.327 2
5 4   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 2:26.661 2:25.279 no time set 1
6 2   Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 2:26.647 2:25.769
7 18   Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 2:26.661 2:25.825
8 12   Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 2:26.783 2:25.866
9 3   Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 2:27.034 2:26.187
10 7   Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 2:27.052 2:26.204
11 33   Ma Qing Hua Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 2:27.093 2:26.535
12 10   Gianni Morbidelli ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 2:26.543 2:26.911
13 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC TC1 2:27.630
14 11   James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 2:27.667
15 14   Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 2:28.602
16 6   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 2:34.015
17 27   John Filippi Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 2:35.656
18 26   Felipe De Souza Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T A 2:38.204
19 44   Mak Ka Lok Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T A 2:41.086
107% time: 2:36.134 (TC1), 2:44.796 (TC2T)
77   René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 2:37.287
38   William Lok Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T A 2:45.059
19   Henry Kwong Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T A 2:45.110
74   Pepe Oriola Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 no time set
  • Bold denotes Pole position for second race.

Race 1Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 37   José María López Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 10 24:50.183 1 25
2 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC TC1 10 +2.741 4 18
3 2   Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 10 +3.661 6 15
4 18   Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 10 +4.055 7 12
5 1   Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 10 +4.589 3 10
6 9   Sébastien Loeb Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 10 +5.186 2 8
7 4   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 10 +9.338 5 6
8 33   Ma Qing Hua Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 10 +10.008 11 4
9 12   Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 10 +15.548 8 2
10 10   Gianni Morbidelli ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 10 +19.201 12 1
11 11   James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 10 +19.947 14
12 3   Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 10 +27.894 9
13 14   Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 10 +52.601 15
14 6   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 10 +1:23.715 16
15 77   René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 10 +1:59.115 20
16 27   John Filippi Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 10 +2:02.667 17
17 26   Felipe De Souza Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T A 10 +2:04.627 18
18 44   Mak Ka Lok Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T A 9 +1 Lap 19
19 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC TC1 8 +2 Laps 13
NC 7   Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 6 +4 Laps 10
Ret 38   William Lok Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T A 3 Race incident 22
EX1 19   Henry Kwong Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T A 9 Excluded 21
DNS 74   Pepe Oriola Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 0 Did not start

Bold denotes Fastest lap.

^1  — Kwong was excluded for causing the collision with Bennani.

Race 2Edit

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12   Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 11 28:21.086 3 25
2 1   Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 11 +0.344 8 18
3 7   Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 11 +3.352 1 15
4 5   Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC TC1 11 +3.990 7 12
5 37   José María López Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 11 +4.285 10 10
6 9   Sébastien Loeb Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 11 +4.825 9 8
7 3   Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 11 +5.562 2 6
8 4   Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 11 +6.615 6 4
9 11   James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 11 +8.252 14 2
10 6   Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 11 +41.038 16 1
11 77   René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 11 +1:31.505 20
12 27   John Filippi Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 11 +1:38.302 17
13 26   Felipe De Souza Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T A 11 +1:40.310 18
14 44   Mak Ka Lok Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T A 11 +2:04.022 19
15 19   Henry Kwong Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T A 11 +2:22.483 21
16 18   Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 10 +1 Lap 4
Ret 33   Ma Qing Hua Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 6 Race incident 11
Ret 14   Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 6 Retired 15
Ret 10   Gianni Morbidelli ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 3 Race incident 12
DNS 2   Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 0 Did not start 5
DNS 25   Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC TC1 0 Did not start 13
DNS 38   William Lok Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T A 0 Did not start 22
DNS 74   Pepe Oriola Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 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. ^ Mills, Peter (6 November 2014). "Oriola replaces injured Borkovic at Campos for Macau WTCC finale". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  2. ^ Casillo, Pietro (4 November 2014). "Chevrolet heavier for Macau season finale". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  3. ^ Casillo, Pietro (13 November 2014). "Norbert Michelisz tops Macau testing". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  4. ^ Noble, Jonathan (13 November 2014). "Macau WTCC: Gabriele Tarquini leads Honda one-two in practice". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Practice 2 – López regains the leadership". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 14 November 2014. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Oriola's comeback is already over…". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 15 November 2014. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  7. ^ Mills, Peter (14 November 2014). "Macau WTCC: Champion Lopez takes seventh pole of 2014". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Race 1 – López scores a record victory". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 16 November 2014. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  9. ^ Mills, Peter (16 November 2014). "Macau WTCC: Lada's Rob Huff claims seventh victory at famous track". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 19 November 2014.

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