2005 FIA WTCC Race of San Marino

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Italy  2005 Race of San Marino
Round details
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Round 4 of 10 in the 2005 World Touring Car Championship season at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy.
Date May 29, 2005
Location Imola, Italy
Course Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
4.909 km
Race One
Laps 11
Pole position
Driver Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo Racing Team
Time 1:58.573
Podium
First Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo Racing Team
Second Spain Antonio García BMW Team Italy-Spain
Third United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK
Fastest Lap
Driver Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo Racing Team
Time 2:00.208
Race Two
Laps 11
Podium
First Germany Dirk Müller BMW Team Deutschland
Second United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK
Third Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo Racing Team
Fastest Lap
Driver Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo Racing Team
Time 2:00.625

The 2005 FIA WTCC Race Of San Marino was the fourth round of the 2005 World Touring Car Championship season. I was held at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. The two races were won by Fabrizio Giovanardi and Dirk Müller.

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

After a disappointing start to the season with only 13 points from the first three weekends, Fabrizio Giovanardi bounched back in Imola with a dominant pole position for Alfa Romeo after dominating qualifying with a time of 1:58.573. Antonio García was second for BMW nearly six-tenths of a second behind, and SEAT also did a good job with Jordi Gené qualifying third. Two more Alfas driven by Augusto Farfus and Gabriele Tarquini followed ahead of Roberto Colciago who was driving for Honda.[1]

Race 1[edit]

Gabriele Tarquini and Peter Terting, who qualified fifth and seventh were both given ten-lace grid penalties for an incident in the previous race and an engine change respectively. García started well and overtook polesitter Fabrizio Giovanardi at the line, with reigning champion Andy Priaulx jumping up to second in his BMW. Championship leader Dirk Müller got the better of second row starters Jordi Gené and Augusto Farfus, wsith Roberto Colciago and James Thompson, in another Alfa following. Tarquini and Jörg Müller, second and third in the championship, collided which sent the former to the back of the field, and the BMW man had to pit for repairs. At the front, Giovanardi dealt with Priaulx on the first lap, and García on the second, and was never caught again. Colciago overtook Farfus on the same lap, and then tried to do the same on Gené, however there was contact and the Spainard crashed. Colciago continued, but was passed by Farfus on the next lap. The rest of the race was quiet, with Giovanardi easily winning from García in a lonely second. Priaulx was third ahead of Dirk Müller, Farfus, Colciago, Thompson and Alex Zanardi's BMW. A 12th place finish was enough for Alessandro Balzan to win the Independent's Trophy.[2]

Race 2[edit]

Alex Zanardi started on pole on the reversed grid, and he had no problem converting it into a lead early on. The other BMWs were all very strong off the line, with Dirk Müller, Priaulx and García jumping into 2nd, 3rd and 5th from 5th, 6th and 7th respectively. James Thompson's Alfa, who started 2nd was 4th splitting the BMWs, and his teammates Farfus and Giovanardi were 6th and 8th, with Rickard Rydell's SEAT splitting them. Giovanardi started to move up the order, passing both Rydell and Farfus on the second lap. Zanardi was unable to hold his lead for long, with his teammates Dirk Müller and Priaulx passing him and then pulling away. Behind, there was contact between García and Giovanardi while fighting for fifth, which pushed the Spainard down the order, whereas Farfus took advantage and passed a rattled Giovanardi two laps later. Dirk Müller and Priaulx ran comfortably at the front, with the Englishman despite staying with a second, not able to make an impression on his teammate. Thompson in fourth had just started to put pressure on Zanardi when he made a mistake and was passed by his two teammates, Rydell and Jason Plato in another SEAT. There was contact with the latter, which sent Thompson packing down the order. Dirk Müller took his second win of the season, with Priaulx in second. The battle for third between Zanardi and Farfus reached a head on the final lap, when an overtaking attempt from Farfus resulted in a collision, sending both off the track. Giovanardi thus took third, with Rydell fourth, whereas Farfus rejoined fifth and Zanardi had to settle for sixth, with the SEATS of Peter Terting and Plato completing the points. Neither Gabriele Tarquini nor Jörg Müller was able to get into the points, despite fighting drives. Balzan won the Independent's Trophy after finishing 13th, however he was disqualified for an underweight car, handing it to countryman Stefano D'Aste. [2]

Classification[edit]

Race 1[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Car Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 11 22:12.202 1 10
2 5 Spain Antonio García BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320i 11 +3.146 2 8
3 1 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320i 11 +8.131 5 6
4 43 Germany Dirk Müller BMW Team Deutschland BMW 320i 11 +9.126 7 5
5 7 Brazil Augusto Farfus Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 11 +12.299 4 4
6 26 Italy Roberto Colciago JAS Motorsport Honda Accord Euro R 11 +15.175 6 3
7 3 United Kingdom James Thompson Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 11 +16.995 8 2
8 4 Italy Alex Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320i 11 +17.476 13 1
9 8 Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 11 +17.974 9
10 10 Germany Peter Terting SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 11 +18.341 17
11 11 United Kingdom Jason Plato SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 11 +23.788 11
12 55 IT Italy Alessandro Balzan Scuderia del Girasole SEAT Toledo Cupra 11 +25.680 15
13 22 Italy Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 11 +34.619 20
14 23 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 11 +35.495 18
15 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 11 +41.034 14
16 28 IT Sweden Carl Rosenblad Crawford Racing BMW 320i 11 +41.816 16
17 14 Germany Thomas Klenke Ford Hotfiel Sport Ford Focus 11 +43.746 25
18 20 IT Netherlands Tom Coronel GR Asia SEAT Toledo Cupra 11 +47.156 21
19 51 IT Italy Salvatore Tavano DB Motorsport Alfa Romeo 156 11 +51.960 24
20 21 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 11 +52.569 22
21 53 IT Italy Gianluca de Lorenzi GDL Racing BMW 320i 11 +55.599 28
22 30 IT Italy Stefano D'Aste Proteam Motorsport BMW 320i 11 +57.302 19
23 52 IT Italy Andrea Larini DB Motorsport Alfa Romeo 156 11 +1:07.319 27
24 54 IT San Marino Stefano Valli Zerocinque Motorsport BMW 320i 11 +1:07.922 29
25 18 IT Mexico Carlos Mastretta GR Asia SEAT Toledo Cupra 11 +1:08.253 30
26 15 Germany Thomas Jäger Ford Hotfiel Sport Ford Focus 11 +2:13.774 31
27 42 Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Deutschland BMW 320i 10 +1 Lap 12
Ret 36 IT Austria Sascha Plöderl RS-Line IPZ Racing Ford Focus ST170 5 Accident 32
Ret 31 IT Italy Giuseppe Cirò Proteam Motorsport BMW 320i 5 Retirement 23
Ret 27 IT Italy Adriano de Micheli JAS Motorsport Honda Accord Euro R 2 Accident 10
Ret 32 IT Germany Marc Hennerici Wiechers-Sport BMW 320i 2 Accident 26
Ret 9 Spain Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 1 Collision 3

Race 2[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Car Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 43 Germany Dirk Müller BMW Team Deutschland BMW 320i 11 22:17.549 5 10
2 1 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320i 11 +2.027 6 8
3 6 Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 11 +5.822 8 6
4 8 Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 11 +6.786 9 5
5 7 Brazil Augusto Farfus Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 11 +8.795 4 4
6 4 Italy Alex Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320i 11 +10.447 1 3
7 10 Germany Peter Terting SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 11 +10.713 10 2
8 11 United Kingdom Jason Plato SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 11 +11.135 11 1
9 5 Spain Antonio García BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320i 11 +12.115 7
10 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 11 +12.446 15
11 22 Italy Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 11 +15.644 13
12 42 Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Deutschland BMW 320i 11 +15.805 27
13 9 Spain Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra 11 +20.370 32
14 23 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 11 +23.138 14
15 30 IT Italy Stefano D'Aste Proteam Motorsport BMW 320i 11 +34.187 22
16 14 Germany Thomas Klenke Ford Hotfiel Sport Ford Focus 11 +35.640 17
17 53 IT Italy Gianluca de Lorenzi GDL Racing BMW 320i 11 +39.018 21
18 18 IT Mexico Carlos Mastretta GR Asia SEAT Toledo Cupra 11 +40.000 25
19 15 Germany Thomas Jäger Ford Hotfiel Sport Ford Focus 11 +44.651 26
20 51 IT Italy Salvatore Tavano DB Motorsport Alfa Romeo 156 11 +2:13.246 19
21 3 United Kingdom James Thompson Alfa Romeo Racing Team Alfa Romeo 156 10 +1 Lap 2
22 52 IT Italy Andrea Larini DB Motorsport Alfa Romeo 156 8 +3 Laps 23
Ret 26 Italy Roberto Colciago JAS Motorsport Honda Accord Euro R 4 Accident 3
Ret 28 IT Sweden Carl Rosenblad Crawford Racing BMW 320i 4 Retirement 16
Ret 20 IT Netherlands Tom Coronel GR Asia SEAT Toledo Cupra 4 Accident 18
Ret 21 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 0 Retirement 20
DNS 54 IT San Marino Stefano Valli Zerocinque Motorsport BMW 320i 0 24
DNS 36 IT Austria Sascha Plöderl RS-Line IPZ Racing Ford Focus ST170 0 28
DNS 31 IT Italy Giuseppe Cirò Proteam Motorsport BMW 320i 0 29
DNS 27 IT Italy Adriano de Micheli JAS Motorsport Honda Accord Euro R 0 30
DNS 32 IT Germany Marc Hennerici Wiechers-Sport BMW 320i 0 31
DSQ 55 IT Italy Alessandro Balzan Scuderia del Girasole SEAT Toledo Cupra 11 Disqualified 12

Standings after the races[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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