2011 FIA WTCC Race of Brazil

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Round details
Autódromo Curitiba.svg
Round 1 of 12 in the 2011 World Touring Car Championship season at Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba in Curitiba, Brazil.
Date 20 March, 2011
Location Curitiba, Brazil
Course Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba
3.695 km
Race One
Laps 14
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML
Time 1:21.758
Podium
First United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML
Second France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML
Third Brazil Cacá Bueno Chevrolet RML
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML
Time 1:22.890
Race Two
Laps 14
Podium
First Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML
Second Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport
Third France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML
Time 1:22.943

The 2011 FIA WTCC Race of Brazil was the opening round of the 2011 World Touring Car Championship season and the sixth running of the FIA WTCC Race of Brazil. It was held at the Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba near Curitiba, Brazil on 20 March 2011. This was the first race for the new FIA 1.6T world engine formula.

Both races were won by Chevrolet RML with Robert Huff winning race one and Alain Menu winning race two.

Background[edit]

The Brazilian round had originally been scheduled to be held at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo but reverted to Curitiba in February owing to renovation works being carried out at the Interlagos circuit.[1]

BMW had officially withdrawn it's works commitment from the World Touring Car Championship at the end of the 2011. The German manufacturer instead focused on a customer programme with the new turbocharged engine.[2] Volvo joined the series, entering a single car for Robert Dahlgren for the full season having only previously made one–off appearances in the championship.[3]

Former SEAT León Eurocup racer Pepe Oriola joined the WTCC with SUNRED Engineering, becoming the youngest driver to compete in the series at the age of 16.[4]

Report[edit]

Testing and free practice[edit]

Tiago Monteiro of SUNRED Engineering was quickest in the opening shakedown session on Friday morning, less than a tenth quicker than the Chevrolet of Menu. Gabriele Tarquini and Javier Villa didn't set any times as their cars were being worked on and while the session had been scheduled to run for 90 minutes, it was cut short by 20 minutes after a heavy crash for Tarquini's Lukoil–SUNRED team–mate Aleksei Dudukalo.[5]

Tom Coronel topped the opening test session on his first outing for returning team ROAL Motorsport. Huff was the leading Chevrolet driver and SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED Fredy Barth was the leading SEAT in fourth. Local driver Cacá Bueno driving a factory Chevrolet was sixth and the Volvo C30 of Dahlren was ninth.[6]

The first free practice session on Saturday morning took place in wet conditions with Huff going fastest. Villa got out for his first laps in the BMW 320 TC having missed both sessions on Friday.[7]

It was a Chevrolet 1–2–3–4 in free practice two with defending champion Yvan Muller leading Huff, Bueno and Menu. Oriola had a near–miss when his SUNRED car went through one of the gravel traps, while technical problems stopped Marchy Lee at the pit exit in his DeTeam KK Motorsport BMW 320 TC.[8]

Qualifying[edit]

Huff took pole position in the new look qualifying format. The race one grid would be decided by the times from Q2, while the race two grid would be decided by the times from Q1 with the top ten reversed. Alain Menu failed to get through to Q2 to start eleventh for both races. The Volvo of Dahlgren lined up behind him. Huff had been close to dropping out but ended the session with the fifth fastest time.

Huff set the fastest time near the beginning of the ten minute Q2 session, rain set in towards the end of the session and nobody was able to beat his time. Muller lined up alongside him on the front row for race one. Bueno behind them made it a Chevrolet 1–2–3 and Michel Nykjær ended up fourth as the best independent driver. Kristian Poulsen was next up in fifth with Tarquini, Monteiro, Coronel, Barth and Franz Engstler completing the top ten.[9]

Warm-Up[edit]

Muller was the fastest driver in the Sunday morning session with Barth second and pole sitter Huff third.[10]

Race One[edit]

Huff started from pole position and led the entire race to claim the first win for the new turbocharged Chevrolet Cruze, holding back Muller all the way. Bueno had been challenged by Poulsen at turn one but the Danish driver could not pull off the move and then came under threat from Coronel. A mistake exiting Esse da Baixa allowed Coronel to pass and take fourth place. Poulsen closed in on Coronel and the two battled side–by–side, the Danish driver reclaimed fourth for a brief time before Coronel claimed the place on the last lap. Menu had taken advantage of the battle between Tarquini and Nykjær and passed both them to finish sixth. At the end of the race, Chevrolet finished 1–2–3 with Huff leading Muller and Bueno who took his first WTCC podium and points finish on home turf. Coronel, Poulsen and Menu came next and Tarquini, Nykjær, Engstler and Mehdi Bennani completed the top ten.[11]

Race Two[edit]

After Barth was stripped of his best Q1 time, Menu moved up to pole position for the second race. At the start, Menu made a slow start and Coronel took the lead of the race having started from third, while Tarquini moved up to second. On lap three, Menu got past Tarquini to take second place with the rest of the Chevrolets close behind passing the SEAT on the following lap. Poulsen and Nykjær were fighting over the lead of Yokohama Trophy on lap six when the pair collided, Nykjær retired while dropped down the order. Menu had caught Coronel on lap ten and made a move for the lead at turn one. The pair touched and Coronel went off the track but stayed second, while Huff and Muller made contact fighting over the final podium spot with Muller getting the advantage. At the end of the race, Menu won with Coronel second and Muller third. Villa was the independents' winner by finishing eighth and Oriola scored a point in his first weekend finishing tenth.[12]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:23.059 1:21.758
2 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:22.980 1:22.147
3 6 Brazil Cacá Bueno Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:23.084 1:22.503
4 17 Denmark Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y 1:23.180 1:22.632
5 11 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:22.925 1:22.678
6 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:23.095 1:22.842
7 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:22.869 1:22.925
8 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 1:23.138 1:23.095
91 7 Switzerland Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y Excluded 1:23.338
10 12 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:23.008 1:36.098
11 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:23.260
12 30 Sweden Robert Dahlgren Polestar Racing Volvo C30 1:23.300
13 74 Spain Pepe Oriola SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y 1:23.343
14 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:23.556
15 65 Hong Kong Marchy Lee DeTeam KK Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:24.111
16 20 Spain Javier Villa Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:24.268
17 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y 1:24.781
18 10 Japan Yukinori Taniguchi bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 1:25.069
19 21 Italy Fabio Fabiani Proteam Racing BMW 320si Y 1:29.666
EX2 9 Hong Kong Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y Excluded
^1 — Barth missed the weigh bridge after qualifying and had his times from Q1 removed.[13]
^2 — O'Young was excluded from qualifying after his bamboo-engineering team worked on his car under parc ferme conditions.[14]

Race 1[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 14 19:29.481 1 25
2 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 14 +0.873 2 18
3 6 Brazil Cacá Bueno Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 14 +3.924 3 15
4 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 14 +12.714 8 12
5 11 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 14 +13.004 5 10
6 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 14 +13.402 10 8
7 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +14.214 6 6
8 17 Denmark Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y 14 +14.716 4 4
9 12 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 14 +19.100 9 2
10 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 14 +19.591 13 1
11 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +20.001 7
12 30 Sweden Robert Dahlgren Polestar Racing Volvo C30 14 +20.343 11
13 74 Spain Pepe Oriola SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y 14 +25.098 12
14 20 Spain Javier Villa Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 14 +25.527 15
15 7 Switzerland Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y 14 +28.285 20
16 65 Hong Kong Marchy Lee DeTeam KK Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 14 +41.400 14
17 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y 14 +41.820 16
18 10 Japan Yukinori Taniguchi bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 14 +45.265 17
19 21 Italy Fabio Fabiani Proteam Racing BMW 320si Y 13 +1 Lap 18
Ret 9 Hong Kong Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 4 Race incident 19
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 14 19:38.428 1 25
2 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 14 +0.265 3 18
3 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 14 +0.917 8 15
4 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 14 +1.321 6 12
5 6 Brazil Cacá Bueno Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 14 +2.409 5 10
6 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +4.512 4 8
7 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI 14 +7.810 10 6
8 20 Spain Javier Villa Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 14 +16.894 15 4
9 12 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 14 +17.571 7 2
10 74 Spain Pepe Oriola SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y 14 +20.361 12 1
11 9 Hong Kong Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 14 +27.978 20
12 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y 14 +31.428 16
13 30 Sweden Robert Dahlgren Polestar Racing Volvo C30 14 +35.296 11
14 11 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 14 +35.770 9
15 10 Japan Yukinori Taniguchi bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacetti Y 14 +36.203 17
16 65 Hong Kong Marchy Lee DeTeam KK Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 14 +39.845 14
Ret 7 Switzerland Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y 7 Race incident 19
NC 21 Italy Fabio Fabiani Proteam Racing BMW 320si Y 7 +7 Laps 18
Ret 17 Denmark Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI Y 5 Race incident 2
Ret 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 0 Engine 13
  • 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. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (7 February 2011). "WTCC opener reverts to Curitiba". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Hudson, Neil (4 December 2010). "BMW not planning a works effort in 2011". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Joseph, Noah (5 October 2010). "Volvo announces foray into World Touring Car Championship after claiming Swedish title". Auto Blog (AOL Autos). Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (17 December 2010). "Spanish teenager joins SUNRED for '11". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Allen, Peter (18 March 2011). "Monteiro Tops Shortened Curitiba Test Session". The Checkered Flag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Hudson, Neil (18 March 2011). "Tom Coronel on top in first test at Curitiba". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Allen, Peter (19 March 2011). "Huff Quickest In Wet First Practice Session In Brazil". The Checkered Flag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Mills, Peter (19 March 2011). "Chevrolet blitzes final practice". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Mills, Peter (19 March 2011). "Huff takes pole in new-look qualifying". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Hudson, Neil (20 March 2011). "Muller leads morning warm-up". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Mills, Peter (20 March 2011). "Huff leads Chevy podium sweep". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Allen, Peter (20 March 2011). "Menu Defeats Coronel To Win Race Two In Brazil". The Checkered Flag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Hudson, Neil (19 March 2011). "Barth sent to the back of the grid". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Mills, Peter (19 March 2011). "Menu elevated to race two pole". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 

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