2010 FIA WTCC Race of Italy

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Round details
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Round 3 of 11 in the 2010 World Touring Car Championship season at Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy.
Date 23 May, 2010
Location Monza, Italy
Course Autodromo Nazionale Monza
5.793 km
Race One
Laps 9
Pole position
Driver Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM
Time 2:00.672
Podium
First United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM
Second Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM
Third United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML
Fastest Lap
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini SR-Sport
Time 2:01.590
Race Two
Laps 9
Podium
First France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML
Second Netherlands Tom Coronel SR-Sport
Third United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM
Time 2:01.860

The 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Italy (formally the 2010 FIA WTCC Yokohama Race of Italy) was the third round of the 2010 World Touring Car Championship season and the sixth running of the FIA WTCC Race of Italy. It was held at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, near Monza, Italy on 23 May 2010. The two races were won by Andy Priaulx for BMW Team RBM and Yvan Muller for Chevrolet RML.

Background[edit]

After the second round of the season in Morocco, defending champion Gabriele Tarquini was leading the drivers' standings by seven points over Yvan Muller. Franz Engstler was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

Kristian Poulsen returned to the championship with his self–run Poulsen Motorsport team.[1] He last raced with Liqui Moly Team Engstler at the 2009 Guia Race of Macau. Meanwhile Scuderia Proteam Motorsport added a third BMW 320si to their team for Italian driver Fabio Fabiani.[1] Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden joined the grid for the Italian round, running a Chevrolet Cruze LT for TC 2000 Championship driver Leonel Pernía who became the first Argentine to race in the World Touring Car Championship.[2]

Report[edit]

Testing and free practice[edit]

BMW Team RBM driver Augusto Farfus was the fastest driver in Friday's test session, beating the Chevrolet of Muller and the SEAT of Tom Coronel. Championship leader Tarquini was fourth and Pernía was thirteenth on his first run in a Super 2000 car. Priaulx suffered a brake disk failure at the end of the pit straight and nearly collided with Alain Menu while Fredy Barth, Sergio Hernández and Mehdi Bennani all saw reduced running due to technical issues.[3]

Tarquini topped the times in the first practice session on Saturday morning, two–tenths of a second ahead of Priaulx. Jordi Gené was third and Robert Huff was the fastest Chevrolet in fourth. Andrei Romanov required an engine change and as a result incurred a ten–place grid penalty for race one.[4]

Chevrolet were fastest in the final practice session with Huff beating the BMW of Priaulx by less than a tenth of a second. Morning pace setter Tarquini was third while Huff's teammates Menu and Muller were fourth and fifth respectively.[5]

Qualifying[edit]

Tarquini was fastest in Q1 for SR-Sport, ahead of the Chevrolet pairing of Huff and Muller. In Q2 the diesel-powered SEATs followed each other round the circuit to use teamwork and slipstreaming to get good times. However, Tarquini ran wide at the second Lesmo with Barth also following him into the dirt. This ruined their laptimes, resulting in the BMWs and Chevrolets locking out the first two rows of the grid, with Augusto Farfus on pole position ahead of Huff, Priaulx, Menu and Muller. Gené was the first SEAT in 6th, with Tarquini in 7th.[6]

Warm-Up[edit]

Priaulx topped the Sunday morning warm–up session with pole sitter and teammate Farfus fourth. Pernía and Hernández had problems meaning they couldn't set competitive lap times.[7]

Race One[edit]

Huff moved past polesitter Farfus at the start of Race One. Tarquini, meanwhile, moved from seventh to second in the run to the first chicane. Behind, many drivers cut across the grass at the chicane, while Kristian Poulsen and Darryl O'Young collided, both limping back to the pits to retire. Tarquini passed Huff at the start of the second lap and the pair began to stretch the gap back to third-placed Priaulx. However, on the final lap, Tarquini suffered a front-left puncture on the run down to the Ascari chicane. As Huff moved out to pass him, he also suffered a front-left puncture. The pair limped down the following straight, with Priaulx and the following pack closing them down. However, the leading pair could not be passed initially, with yellow flags out at the beginning of the Parabolica after Leonel Pernía had slid into the gravel on the previous lap. Once the green flags were shown, Priaulx and Farfus passed the slowing Tarquini and then Huff, to take a dramatic one-two finish for BMW. Behind, Michel Nykjær had also suffered a puncture. Huff limped past the line to finish third, ahead of Muller, Coronel and Barth. Tarquini and Nykjær finished seventh and eighth, ahead of Tiago Monteiro and Bennani.[8] Bennani however was given a 30-second penalty after the race for cutting the first chicane on the opening lap, handing tenth place and a first Independents' Trophy victory to Harry Vaulkhard.[9]

Race Two[edit]

Nykjær made a good start from pole position in Race Two, while Muller moved up from fifth to second before the first chicane. Tarquini regained second from Muller and briefly took the lead of the race from Nykjær. Tarquini was then awarded a drive-through penalty for creeping forward on the grid before the lights had gone out. Bennani was also given a penalty having made a much more obvious jump start. Before Tarquini could serve his penalty though, he was re-passed by Nykjær at the first chicane. The Dane led the race until the last lap when he suffered a puncture, pulling off the track and retiring at the second chicane. This handed Muller the victory, ahead of Coronel, Huff, Farfus and Priaulx. Having served his drive-through penalty, Tarquini returned to the pits to retire on the following lap.[8]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 10 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 2:01.126 2:00.672
2 7 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:00.775 2:00.697
3 11 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 2:00.941 2:00.807
4 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:01.091 2:00.899
5 6 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:00.834 2:01.078
6 4 Spain Jordi Gené SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:01.629 2:01.400
7 1 Italy Gabriele Tarquini SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:00.690 2:01.544
8 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:01.006 2:01.731
9 18 Switzerland Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:01.581 2:01.926
10 3 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:00.862 2:01.927
11 17 Denmark Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:01.765
12 20 Hong Kong Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 2:02.186
13 2 Netherlands Tom Coronel SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:02.235
14 19 United Kingdom Harry Vaulkhard bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 2:02.384
15 34 Argentina Leonel Pernía Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:02.441
16 21 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 2:02.829
17 24 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si Y 2:02.834
18 15 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2:02.983
19 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 2:03.276
20 25 Spain Sergio Hernández Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 2:04.260
21 16 Russia Andrei Romanov Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2:04.327
22 33 Italy Fabio Fabiani Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 2:08.144

Race 1[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 9 18:32.008 3 25
2 10 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 9 +0.248 1 18
3 7 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 9 +1.653 2 15
4 6 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 9 +1.820 5 12
5 2 Netherlands Tom Coronel SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +2.271 12 10
6 18 Switzerland Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +2.308 9 8
7 1 Italy Gabriele Tarquini SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +2.375 7 6
8 17 Denmark Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +2.726 10 4
9 3 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +3.243 15 2
10 19 United Kingdom Harry Vaulkhard bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 9 +9.032 13 1
11 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 9 +10.000 19
12 25 Spain Sergio Hernández Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 9 +11.575 20
13 16 Russia Andrei Romanov Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 9 +30.320 22
14 21 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 9 +33.972 16
15 33 Italy Fabio Fabiani Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 9 +59.155 21
16 4 Spain Jordi Gené SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 8 +1 Lap 6
17 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 8 +1 Lap 4
18 34 Argentina Leonel Pernía Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden Chevrolet Cruze LT 7 +2 Laps 14
19 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team SEAT León 2.0 TDI 7 +2 Laps 8
Ret 15 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 3 Engine 18
Ret 20 Hong Kong Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 1 Race incident 11
Ret 24 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1 Race incident 17
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 9 18:29.805 5 25
2 2 Netherlands Tom Coronel SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +0.512 4 18
3 7 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 9 +0.822 6 15
4 10 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 9 +1.001 7 12
5 11 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx' BMW Team RBM BMW 320si 9 +1.742 8 10
6 4 Spain Jordi Gené SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +3.495 16 8
7 3 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +4.197 9 6
8 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +4.580 18 4
9 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT 9 +5.099 17 2
10 34 Argentina Leonel Pernía Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden Chevrolet Cruze LT 9 +9.918 20 1
11 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 9 +11.856 12
12 20 Hong Kong Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 9 +13.499 19
13 19 United Kingdom Harry Vaulkhard bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 9 +14.368 11
14 18 Switzerland Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 9 +14.506 3
15 24 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Poulsen Motorsport BMW 320si Y 9 +14.836 21
16 25 Spain Sergio Hernández Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 9 +15.266 13
17 21 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 9 +33.557 10
18 33 Italy Fabio Fabiani Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 9 +49.454 15
19 17 Denmark Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 8 +1 Lap 1
20 1 Italy Gabriele Tarquini SR-Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 6 +3 Laps 2
Ret 16 Russia Andrei Romanov Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2 Oil pressure 14
DNS 15 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 0 Did not start 22
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Standings after the event[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Meissner, Johan (11 May 2010). "Poulsen and Fabiani joins WTCC at Monza". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pernia joins Chevrolet for Monza WTCC races". Richard's F1. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Hudson, Neil (21 May 2010). "Farfus tops Friday test session". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Hudson, Neil (22 May 2010). "Tarquini leads First Practice". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Neil (22 May 2010). "Huff leads second practice session". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.fiawtcc.com/html/uploadedFiles/PDF/RP.4.2010522183032.pdf Qualifying Report
  7. ^ Hudson, Neil (23 May 2010). "Priaulx tops Monza warm-up". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b http://www.fiawtcc.com/html/uploadedFiles/PDF/RP.4.201052320320.pdf Race Report
  9. ^ http://www.fiawtcc.com/Read_News.asp?idnews=552 Bennani loses Independent victory

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