2012 FIA WTCC Race of China

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Round details
Shanghai International Racing Circuit track map.svg
Round 11 of 12 in the 2012 World Touring Car Championship season at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China.
Date 4 November, 2012
Location Shanghai, China
Course Shanghai International Circuit
4.603 km
Race One
Laps 13
Pole position
Driver Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Time 1:54.383
Podium
First Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Second United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet
Third Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Time 1:54.947
Race Two
Laps 13
Podium
First United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet
Second Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Third Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet
Time 1:55.546

The 2012 FIA WTCC Race of China was the penultimate round of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship season and the second running of the FIA WTCC Race of China. It was held on 4 November 2012 at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China for the first time, as the previous year's race was held at the nearby Shanghai Tianma Circuit. Both races were won by Chevrolet with Alain Menu winning race one and Robert Huff winning race two.

Background[edit]

Following the previous round in Japan, Yvan Muller and Robert Huff were tied at the top of the drivers' championship on 345 points. Norbert Michelisz was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

Macanese driver Alex Liu joined Liqui Moly Team Engstler to drive their naturally aspirated BMW 320si.[1] Tom Boardman was the only entry for Special Tuning Racing after the team were unable to find a driver for their second car.[2] 2009 British Touring Car Championship champion Colin Turkington returned to the WTCC with Team Aviva-Cofco who were running a Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T.[3] French SEAT León Supercopa driver Hugo Valente would drive for SUNRED Engineering in a SUNRED SR León 1.6T[4] while Fredy Barth returned to the championship to drive a latest specification SEAT León WTCC for SUNRED under the SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED banner.[5] Song Veng Racing Team entered a Honda Accord Euro R for Kelvin Leong[6] and Look Fong Racing Team ran a naturally aspirated Chevrolet Cruze LT for Eric Kwong.[7] China Dragon Racing entered a Chevrolet Lacetti for Felipe De Souza and a Chevrolet Cruze LT for Kin Veng Ng.[5]

Report[edit]

Free Practice[edit]

Alex MacDowall set the fastest time in Friday testing ahead of the works Chevrolet drivers. Turkington set the fifth fastest time on his return to racing, his first time in a front wheel drive car since 2006. Alain Menu could only manage a time that could only get him up to eleventh.[8]

It was Turkington who was quickest in Saturday's first free practice session in the Team Aviva-Cofco Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T, he set the time early and it went unbeaten for the rest of the 30-minute session. Pepe Oriola brought out the red flag two minutes before the end of the session when he stopped his car on the start-finish straight; fellow SEAT driver Fredy Barth was unable to run in the session.[9]

Menu was on top in free practice two in his Chevrolet, the works trio having spent the session swapping fastest times. Independents' leader Michelisz was fifth fastest, Turkington was eighth after topping the first session and Tiago Monteiro was fifteenth in the Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic.[10]

Qualifying[edit]

Menu claimed his third consecutive pole position of the year, with title rivals Muller second and Huff fourth. Michelisz was the leading independent driver in third. Turkington was fifth on his return to the WTCC, putting ahead of the works Chevrolet trio for race two. A set up change for Gabriele Tarquini in Q2 put him only ninth fastest but with the benefit of a front row start in race two. Barth was 12th on his return, while Monteiro could only manage 17th in the second event for the Honda Civic. James Nash was the quickest of the Team Aon pair in 15th, with teammate Tom Chilton down in 22nd ahead of series debutant Hugo Valente.[11] Liu failed to set a time within the 107% time in his naturally aspirated BMW 320si but was later allowed to race by the stewards.[12]

Warm-Up[edit]

Huff led a Chevrolet 1–2–3 in the Sunday morning warm up ahead of Muller and Turkington. Independents' points leader Michelisz was fourth and pole sitter Menu was fifth. Liu beached his BMW 320si in the gravel with five minutes to go.[13]

Race One[edit]

Menu completed a lights to flag victory ahead of Huff but teammate and championship leader Muller retired on the first lap with broken rear suspension. The breakage came in a second corner incident which also saw MacDowall, Turkington, Oriola, Darryl O'Young and Tom Coronel involved in a pile up. Michelisz was issued with a drive through penalty on lap five at a time when there was plenty of action in the midfield. Turkington had dropped to the back of the field on the opening lap but by the end of the race had climbed back up to eighth. Second place for Huff and a non-finish for Muller handed Huff the championship lead.[14] After the race, Valente, Nash, Boardman, Monteiro and Barth were issued with 30-second time penalties for missing the chicane to avoid a pileup, dropping the latter three out of the points. Charles Ng picked up his first point of the season as a result.[15]

Race Two[edit]

Coronel led away from the start with D'Aste jumping up to second after a slow start for Tarquini. The drivers' door on the Wiechers-Sport car of D'Aste was hanging loose and on the third lap he was an easy target for the Chevrolet trio led by Menu, Coronel was passed a lap later. Turkington was once again fighting back from near the back and he was back up to tenth by lap 6 at the expense of Alberto Cerqui. Menu was leading until the start of lap 8 when Muller out-braked himself and the pair tangled, half-spinning Menu and allowing Huff to pass both of them to take the lead. Muller was second until he was passed by Menu a lap later, the pair swapped places again on lap 11 at the final hairpin. Huff won the race ahead of Muller and Menu with D'Aste the independent winner in sixth. Turkington had climbed up to eighth by the finish.[16] Muller was given a retrospective drive through penalty after the race, dropping him to 13th in the classification.[17]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2 Points
1 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:54.775 1:54.383 5
2 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:55.032 1:54.409 4
3 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.243 1:54.523 3
4 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:54.491 1:54.582 2
5 32 United Kingdom Colin Turkington Team Aviva-Cofco Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:55.018 1:54.777 1
6 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.586 1:55.142
7 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:55.475 1:55.325
8 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:55.467 1:55.378
9 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 1:55.266 1:55.451
10 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 1:55.246 1:55.720
11 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:55.486 1:55.840
12 73 Switzerland Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León WTCC Y 1:55.525 1:56.296
13 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.616
14 20 China Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:55.637
15 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 1:55.658
16 88 Spain Fernando Monje Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:55.734
17 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic S2000 TC 1:55.742
18 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.851
19 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.973
20 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:56.012
21 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:56.577
22 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 1:56.904
23 60 France Hugo Valente SUNRED Engineering SR León 1.6T Y 1:57.947
24 54 Hong Kong Eric Kwong Look Fong Racing Team Chevrolet Cruze LT Y 1:59.352
25 53 Macau Kelvin Leong Song Veng Racing Team Honda Accord Euro R Y 2:00.864
26 51 Macau Kin Veng Ng China Dragon Racing Chevrolet Cruze LT Y 2:00.969
27 50 Macau Felipe De Souza China Dragon Racing Chevrolet Lacetti Y 2:01.059
107% time: 2:02.505
76 Macau Alex Liu Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2:04.374
  • 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 Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 13 25:12.369 1 25
2 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 13 +1.500 4 18
3 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 13 +11.192 6 15
4 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 13 +13.327 10 12
5 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 13 +15.653 9 10
6 32 United Kingdom Colin Turkington Team Aviva-Cofco Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 13 +30.125 5 8
7 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 13 +31.463 19 6
8 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 13 +40.183 13 4
9 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 13 +40.320 21 2
10 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 13 +44.499 18 1
11 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 13 +46.076 22
12 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 13 +56.382 20
13 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic S2000 TC 13 +1:00.032 17
14 73 Switzerland Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León WTCC Y 13 +1:06.426 12
15 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 13 +1:07.550 3
16 60 France Hugo Valente SUNRED Engineering SR León 1.6T Y 13 +1:17.406 23
17 53 Macau Kelvin Leong Song Veng Racing Team Honda Accord Euro R Y 13 +1:21.551 25
18 54 Hong Kong Eric Kwong Look Fong Racing Team Chevrolet Cruze LT Y 13 +1:25.129 24
19 50 Macau Felipe De Souza China Dragon Racing Chevrolet Lacetti Y 13 +1:27.186 27
20 51 Macau Kin Veng Ng China Dragon Racing Chevrolet Cruze LT Y 13 +1:37.603 26
21 76 Macau Alex Liu Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 12 +1 Lap 28
22 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 9 +4 Laps 7
Ret 88 Spain Fernando Monje Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 8 Race incident 16
Ret 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 7 Engine 15
Ret 20 China Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 6 Race Incident 14
NC 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 6 +7 Laps 11
NC 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 4 +9 Laps 8
Ret 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1 Race incident 2
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 13 25:17.714 7 25
2 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 13 +2.698 10 18
3 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 13 +4.378 1 15
4 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 13 +4.866 5 12
5 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 13 +5.574 13 10
6 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 13 +20.406 2 8
7 32 United Kingdom Colin Turkington Team Aviva-Cofco Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 13 +25.189 6 6
8 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 13 +26.741 20 4
9 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 13 +27.167 19 2
10 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic S2000 TC 13 +27.342 17 1
11 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 13 +28.113 11
12 20 China Darryl O'Young bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 13 +30.937 14
13 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 13 +31.195 9
14 73 Switzerland Fredy Barth SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED SEAT León WTCC Y 13 +32.626 12
15 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 13 +35.170 21
16 88 Spain Fernando Monje Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 13 +35.249 16
17 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 13 +35.368 3
18 60 France Hugo Valente SUNRED Engineering SR León 1.6T Y 13 +41.675 23
19 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 13 +42.220 22
20 54 Hong Kong Eric Kwong Look Fong Racing Team Chevrolet Cruze LT Y 13 +1:15.910 24
21 50 Macau Felipe De Souza China Dragon Racing Chevrolet Lacetti Y 13 +1:21.126 27
22 51 Macau Kin Veng Ng China Dragon Racing Chevrolet Cruze LT Y 13 +1:34.329 26
23 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 12 +1 Lap 18
24 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 12 +1 Lap 8
25 76 Macau Alex Liu Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 11 +2 Laps 28
Ret 53 Macau Kelvin Leong Song Veng Racing Team Honda Accord Euro R Y 7 Technical 25
Ret 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 6 Technical 4
Ret 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 0 Engine 15
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Standings after the round[edit]

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

References[edit]

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  10. ^ Mills, Peter (3 November 2012). "Alain Menu heads Chevrolet clean-sweep in FP2". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  11. ^ Hudson, Neil (3 November 2012). "Menu claims Shanghai pole position ahead of Muller". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Hudson, Neil (3 November 2012). "Alex Liu granted permission to start from outside 107%". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
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  17. ^ "YVAN MULLER DROPPED OUT OF THE POINTS". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 

External links[edit]

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2011 FIA WTCC Race of China
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2013 FIA WTCC Race of China