2009 FIA WTCC Race of Spain

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Round details
Valencia (Ricardo Tormo) track map.svg
Round 5 of 12 in the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season at Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain.
Date 31 May, 2009
Location Valencia, Spain
Course Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo
4.051 km
Race One
Laps 13
Pole position
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Time 1:44.414
Podium
First France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport
Second Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport
Third Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport
Time 1:45.735
Race Two
Laps 13
Podium
First Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Second Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany
Third Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Time 1:45.974

The FIA WTCC Race of Spain 2009 was the fifth round of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season and the fifth running of the FIA WTCC Race of Spain. It was held on 31 May 2009 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Cheste, near Valencia in Spain. The first race was won by Gabriele Tarquini for SEAT Sport and the second race was won by Augusto Farfus for BMW Team Germany.

Background[edit]

SEAT Sport driver Yvan Muller was leading the drivers' championship coming into the event, BMW driver Farfus was six points behind in second and Gabriele Tarquini was a further five points behind. Franz Engstler was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy with Félix Porteiro second.

Having missed the previous round at Pau due to damage sustained at the Race of Morocco, Vito Postiglione returned to the championship with Scuderia Proteam Motorsport.[1]

After a disappointing performance at Pau, the SEAT León TDIs were given a 0.2 bar increase in boost pressure for the Race of Spain to return the diesels to competitive form.[2]

Report[edit]

Free Practice[edit]

Yvan Muller set the pace in the opening free practice session, the increase in boost pressure for the TDI engine produced a SEAT 1–2–3 result. Tom Coronel was the leading petrol car, Nicola Larini was the leading Chevrolet car and the heavier BMWs were led by Farfus in ninth.[3]

SEAT stayed on top in the second practice session, this time courtesy of Tiago Monteiro. Farfus was second for BMW and Larini was third for Chevrolet. Jaap van Lagen did not participate in the session, as the engine was changed in his LADA Sport Lada 110 2.0. The session was interrupted with a red flag when Jordi Gené went off the circuit and left gravel on the track.[4]

Qualifying[edit]

Tarquini set pole position on his final timed lap, to achieve his first pole since the 2007 Race of Germany. SEAT Sport locked out the first two rows of the grid at their home event with Yvan Muller second, Gené third and Monteiro fourth. SEAT driver Rickard Rydell was fastest in Q1 at the head of a 1–2–3 for the marque, while Farfus was the only BMW to escape Q1. All three Chevrolet drivers progressed to Q2 while both LADAs lined up near the back of the grid. With SEAT claiming the first four positions in Q2, Farfus separated them from the leading Chevrolet of Alain Menu. SUNRED Engineering's Tom Coronel was the only independent driver to make it into Q2, and he lined up tenth for the first race.[5]

Warm-Up[edit]

Rydell was fastest in Sunday morning warm up session with pole sitter Tarquini thirteenth.[6]

Race One[edit]

Yvan Muller made a good start to take the lead from Tarquini straight away, while Monteiro also passed Tarquini to finish second. Having dropped out in Q1, triple champion Andy Priaulx battled through from fourteenth to fifth while the leading BMW of Farfus had a difficult race amongst the SEATs. He recovered after Gené pushed him wide, he then dropped down to seventh when he was involved in a tangle with Rydell, Menu and Gené but he then climbed up the order to claim fourth. This was helped by Jörg Müller dropping two places at the final corner. Coronel was the independent winner having finished seventh while further down the order, BMW Team Italy-Spain driver Sergio Hernández and Wiechers-Sport's Stefano D'Aste battled over the eighth place which would become pole position for race two, with Hernández coming out victorious.[7]

Race Two[edit]

The second race saw a 1–2 finish for BMW Team Germany, with Farfus winning and Jörg Müller second. Jörg Müller had started from third and took the lead of the race which he held until the third lap, when Farfus assumed the race lead. The leading pair distanced themselves from the rest of the field which was being led by Tarquini and Priaulx in the battle for the third and final podium spot. Ultimately, it was Tarquini to finish third, to deny BMW a 1–2–3 finish. Coronel started on the front row but could not match the start of the rear-wheel drive BMW of pole sitter Hernández. Coronel finished tenth and Hernández sixth, while D'Aste took the independent win with ninth place.[7]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:45.888 1:44.414
2 1 France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:45.516 1:44.646
3 4 Spain Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:45.790 1:44.826
4 5 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:45.542 1:44.896
5 8 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 1:45.638 1:45.080
6 12 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:45.681 1:45.314
7 11 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:46.038 1:45.440
8 3 Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:45.424 1:45.538
9 14 Italy Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:45.854 1:45.702
10 21 Netherlands Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:45.949 no time set
11 7 Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 1:46.126
12 9 Italy Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 1:46.221
13 10 Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 1:46.250
14 6 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 1:46.331
15 23 Spain Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:46.426
16 27 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 1:46.525
17 30 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Exagon Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:46.615
18 28 Croatia Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:46.633
19 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:47.439
20 31 Italy Vito Postiglione Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:47.462
21 25 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:47.547
22 20 Russia Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 1:47.901
23 26 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:48.492
24 19 Russia Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 1:48.530
107% time: 1:52.823
18 Netherlands Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 12:23.222

Race 1[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 23:13.675 2 10
2 5 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +1.884 4 8
3 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +4.157 1 6
4 8 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 13 +5.364 5 5
5 6 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 13 +5.855 14 4
6 7 Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 13 +5.943 11 3
7 21 Netherlands Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 13 +8.096 10 2
8 10 Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 13 +12.106 13 1
9 27 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 13 +13.301 16
10 23 Spain Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 13 +15.846 15
11 14 Italy Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +16.461 9
12 9 Italy Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 13 +22.528 12
13 3 Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +23.038 8
14 30 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Exagon Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 13 +25.385 17
15 12 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +26.381 6
16 25 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 13 +32.002 21
17 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 13 +33.042 19
18 28 Croatia Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 13 +33.730 18
19 31 Italy Vito Postiglione Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 13 +34.781 20
20 20 Russia Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 13 +38.341 24
21 18 Netherlands Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 12 +1 Lap 25
22 11 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 12 +1 Lap 7
Ret 19 Russia Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 7 Engine overheating 23
Ret 26 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1 Race incident 22
Ret 4 Spain Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 0 Race incident 3
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 13 23:16.075 5 10
2 7 Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 13 +0.540 3 8
3 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +5.426 6 6
4 6 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 13 +5.884 4 5
5 9 Italy Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 13 +6.676 12 4
6 10 Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 13 +7.178 1 3
7 1 France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +11.169 8 2
8 5 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +11.569 7 1
9 27 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 13 +13.052 9
10 21 Netherlands Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 13 +16.936 2
11 4 Spain Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +17.978 22
12 12 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +20.965 15
13 14 Italy Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +23.139 11
14 3 Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +23.635 13
15 23 Spain Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 13 +24.470 10
16 25 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 13 +29.515 16
17 31 Italy Vito Postiglione Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 13 +32.556 19
18 28 Croatia Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 13 +33.721 18
19 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 13 +34.859 17
20 26 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 13 +35.793 23
21 20 Russia Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 13 +36.289 20
22 11 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +43.503 21
23 30 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Exagon Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 13 +43.550 14
24 19 Russia Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 13 +46.540 24
Ret 18 Netherlands Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 3 Oil pressure 25
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Championship standings[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Casillo, Pietro (12 May 2009). "Interview with Vito Postiglione". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  2. ^ English, Steven (22 May 2009). "SEAT granted break for diesels". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  3. ^ English, Steven (30 May 2009). "SEAT leads first Valencia practice". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Veltman, Rob (30 May 2009). "Monteiro fastest, BMW closes in". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "ROUNDS 9 & 10 – VALENCIA, SPAIN QUALIFYING REPORT" (PDF). World Touring Car Championship (Kigema Sport Organisation). 30 May 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Warm up results – WTCC: Spain 2009". GPUpdate.net. GPUpdate. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "ROUNDS 9 & 10 – VALENCIA, SPAIN RACE REPORT" (PDF). World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

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