2011 FIA WTCC Race of China

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Round details
Shanghai Tianma Circuit.svg
Round 11 of 12 in the 2011 World Touring Car Championship season at Tianma Circuit in Shanghai, China.
Date 6 November, 2011
Location Shanghai, China
Course Tianma Circuit
2.063 km km
Race One
Laps 25
Pole position
Driver Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML
Time 1:05.555
Podium
First Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML
Second United Kingdom Colin Turkington Wiechers-Sport
Third United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML
Time 1:06.333
Race Two
Laps 25
Podium
First France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML
Second Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil-SUNRED
Third United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML
Fastest Lap
Driver France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML
Time 1:06.080

The 2011 FIA WTCC Race of China was the eleventh round of the 2011 World Touring Car Championship season and the maiden running of the FIA WTCC Race of China. It was held on 6 November 2011 at the Tianma Circuit in Shanghai, China.

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

Background[edit]

Arriving in China, Yvan Muller was leading the drivers' championship. Kristian Poulsen was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

Fabio Fabiani switched from Proteam Racing to Liqui Moly Team Engstler while Charles Ng moving to DeTeam KK Motorsport where he would race a BMW 320 TC.[1] Hong Kong racer Philip Ma joined Proteam as Fabiani's replacement for the final two rounds.[2]

Race report[edit]

Testing and free practice[edit]

Menu was fastest in the opening test session having spent the later part half of the session trading best times with Colin Turkington and Robert Dahlgren. The red flags came out towards the end of the session as Javier Villa had beached his Proteam BMW in the gravel at turn four.[3]

Chevrolet driver Robert Huff was quickest in the first free practice session on Saturday morning, overtaking early pacesetter Tom Coronel at the top of the times at the midway point. As was the case in testing, the SUNRED cars were struggling to be competitive with Gabriele Tarquini their best placed driver in 12th.[4]

When practice resumed in the afternoon, Huff was quickest once again. A BMW was second quickest once again, this time courtesy of Zengő-Dension Team's Norbert Michelisz. Aleksei Dudukalo got a SUNRED car into the top time for the first time that weekend while fellow SUNRED driver Fredy Barth required an engine change and would take a five–place grid penalty for race one.[5]

Qualifying[edit]

Menu took pole position for the second round in a row as he shared the front row with team–mate Huff. Qualifying took place on a wet track but a dry line began to emerge as the session went on. This was unfortunate for those drivers which were running a wet set–up, Polestar Racing's Dahlgren finished the first element of qualifying 13th. Another notable driver who missed Q2 was Yokohama Trophy leader Poulsen. Huff finished the first session in tenth place to secure the pole position for race two where he would share the front row with Tarquini.

Menu set his best time in Q2 late on as Huff was unable to produce a quicker time. Turkington was the fastest independent driver in third and Michelisz, who was running second in the Yokohama Trophy behind Poulsen, was fourth. Muller was seventh after going off on his last flying lap. SUNRED got four cars through to Q2 after a poor showing in testing and practice, Tarquini was their best placed driver in fifth while Tiago Monteiro, Pepe Oriola and Barth where eighth, ninth and tenth.[6]

Warm-Up[edit]

Proteam Racing's Mehdi Bennani set the pace in Sunday morning's warm–up session while pole–sitter Menu was fifth.[7]

Race One[edit]

Menu started from pole position as the top five drivers got away without exchanging places. Muller managed to pass Tarquini on the second lap to take fifth position, a lap later the SUNRED driver then dropped further down the order as he was passed by Monteiro, Coronel and Poulsen, he later pulled into the pits with brake problems. Lap four saw Huff and Turkington come together although no positions were exchanged until lap thirteen when Turkington passed Huff to take second place. Having held on to his position, Michelisz lost a place Muller and to Coronel and independent rival Poulsen. By lap twenty Turkington had closed in on race leader Menu and the pair were nose to tail, Menu responded by upping his pace and increasing the gap to half a second. Michel Nykjær and Charles Ng clashed two laps from the end and bamboo–engineering driver Yukinori Taniguchi was hit as a result, on the following lap the Japanese driver crashed as a result of suspension damage incurred during the incident. At the end of the race, Menu won ahead of Turkington who took the first podium finish for Wiechers-Sport. Huff was third and Muller fourth which saw the gap between the pair in the championship reduce slightly.[8]

Race Two[edit]

Huff started on pole position for race two but was passed straight away by a fast starting Tarquini. Michelisz was then spun around the front of Monteiro in an incident which eliminated Michelisz, Monteiro, Villa and Darryl O'Young. Further round the lap, Tarquini and Huff came together with the latter hopping across the grass to rejoin in fourth place. Muller had taken second from Turkington and on lap two the Wiechers–Sport driver lost another place to Huff. Tarquini held the lead until lap four when Muller passed him and the Chevrolet driver pulled away. Turkington lost more places on lap ten when he locked up at the first corner. Tarquini was now leading a train of cars stuck behind the SEAT, in the middle of the group Turkington took fifth place from Menu. By lap twenty the group of cars stuck behind Tarquini extended all the way down to Franz Engstler in eighth place. On the penultimate lap Menu pushed Turkington but was unable to pass while on the final lap, Turkington gained fourth from Coronel after the ROAL Motorsport driver made contact with Huff. Muller won the race with Tarquini second and Huff third. Turkington was the independent winner once again. Ng finished tenth to score his first point in the championship.[8]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:06.854 1:05.555
2 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:07.331 1:05.700
3 29 United Kingdom Colin Turkington Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 1:06.919 1:05.712
4 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team BMW 320 TC Y 1:06.795 1:05.738
5 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil-SUNRED SUNRED SR León 1.6T 1:07.287 1:05.743
6 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 1:06.690 1:05.803
7 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:07.168 1:05.920
8 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T 1:07.018 1:05.922
9 74 Spain Pepe Oriola SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 1:07.006 1:06.591
10 7 Switzerland Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 1:07.180 1:06.741
11 11 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:07.555
12 20 Spain Javier Villa Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:07.710
13 30 Sweden Robert Dahlgren Polestar Racing Volvo C30 Drive 1:07.770
14 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil-SUNRED SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 1:07.771
15 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:07.836
16 12 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:08.004
17 17 Denmark Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 1:08.069
18 9 Hong Kong Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:08.317
19 10 Japan Yukinori Taniguchi bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:09.274
107% time: 1:11.358
21 Italy Fabio Fabiani Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:12.641
23 Hong Kong Philip Ma Proteam Racing BMW 320si Y 1:14.194
51 Hong Kong Charles Ng DeTeam KK Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:14.947
  • Bold denotes Pole position for second race.

Race 1[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 25 28:05.718 1 25
2 29 United Kingdom Colin Turkington Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 25 +1.222 3 18
3 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 25 +5.065 2 15
4 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 25 +8.005 7 12
5 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 25 +9.010 6 10
6 11 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 25 +9.921 10 8
7 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 25 +15.487 14 6
8 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T 25 +22.630 8 4
9 30 Sweden Robert Dahlgren Polestar Racing Volvo C30 Drive 25 +26.204 13 2
10 20 Spain Javier Villa Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 25 +27.118 11 1
11 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team BMW 320 TC Y 25 +28.291 4
12 12 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 25 +28.539 16
13 9 Hong Kong Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 25 +38.072 18
14 17 Denmark Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 25 +53.157 17
15 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil-SUNRED SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 25 +59.011 13
16 51 Hong Kong Charles Ng DeTeam KK Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 25 +1:41.155 22
17 74 Spain Pepe Oriola SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 24 +1 Lap 9
18 21 Italy Fabio Fabiani Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 24 +1 Lap 20
19 23 Hong Kong Philip Ma Proteam Racing BMW 320si Y 24 +1 Lap 21
20 10 Japan Yukinori Taniguchi bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 23 +2 Laps 19
21 7 Switzerland Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 21 +4 Laps 15
NC 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil-SUNRED SUNRED SR León 1.6T 15 +10 Laps 5
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 25 28:19.599 4 25
2 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil-SUNRED SUNRED SR León 1.6T 25 +10.518 2 18
3 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 25 +11.385 1 15
4 29 United Kingdom Colin Turkington Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 25 +11.812 7 12
5 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 25 +12.140 10 10
6 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 25 +12.896 8 8
7 11 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 25 +13.336 11 6
8 12 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 25 +13.612 16 4
9 30 Sweden Robert Dahlgren Polestar Racing Volvo C30 Drive 25 +22.279 13 2
10 51 Hong Kong Charles Ng DeTeam KK Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 25 +24.172 22 1
11 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 25 +33.725 15
12 7 Switzerland Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 25 +36.977 3
13 74 Spain Pepe Oriola SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 25 +43.090 6
14 17 Denmark Michel Nykjær SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 25 +46.761 17
15 21 Italy Fabio Fabiani Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 24 +1 Lap 19
16 23 Hong Kong Philip Ma Proteam Racing BMW 320si Y 24 +1 Lap 20
17 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil-SUNRED SUNRED SR León 1.6T Y 23 +2 Laps 14
Ret 9 Hong Kong Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 2 Race incident 21
Ret 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T 1 Race incident 5
Ret 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő-Dension Team BMW 320 TC Y 1 Race incident 9
Ret 20 Spain Javier Villa Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 0 Race incident 12
DNS 10 Japan Yukinori Taniguchi bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 0 Did not start 18
  • 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. ^ Hudson, Neil (30 October 2011). "Fabio Fabiani moves across to Engstler BMW". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Meissner, Johan (25 October 2011). "Philip Ma joins Proteam for final two races". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Abbott, Andrew (4 November 2011). "Menu fastest in Tianma testing". Touring-Cars.net (Andrew Abbott). Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Abbott, Andrew (5 November 2011). "Huff beats Coronel in China first practice". Touring-Cars.net (Andrew Abbott). Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Neil (5 November 2011). "Huff quickest in final practice as Michelisz closes". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Glendenning, Mark (5 November 2011). "Alain Menu and Rob Huff take World Touring Car poles in China". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Hudson, Neil (6 November 2011). "Mehdi Bennani fastest in China warm-up". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "ROUNDS 21 & 22 – SHANGHAI TIANMA, CHINA RACE REPORT" (PDF). World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 

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