2012 FIA WTCC Race of Hungary

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Hungary  2012 Race of Hungary
Round details
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Round 5 of 12 in the 2012 World Touring Car Championship season at Hungaroring in Mogyoród, Hungary.
Date 6 May, 2012
Location Mogyoród, Hungary
Course Hungaroring
4.381 km
Race One
Laps 12
Pole position
Driver France Yvan Muller Chevrolet
Time 1:54.503
Podium
First France Yvan Muller Chevrolet
Second United Kingdom Rob Huff Chevrolet
Third Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Fastest Lap
Driver France Yvan Muller Chevrolet
Time 1:55.937
Race Two
Laps 12
Podium
First Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport
Second Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Third Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing
Fastest Lap
Driver Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport
Time 1:56.714

The 2012 FIA WTCC Race of Hungary was the fifth round of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship season and the second running of the FIA WTCC Race of Hungary. It was held on 6 May 2012 at the Hungaroring in Mogyoród near Budapest, Hungary. The first race was won by Yvan Muller for Chevrolet and the second race was won by Norbert Michelisz for Zengő Motorsport.

Background[edit]

Yvan Muller arrived in Hungary leading the championship from both of his Chevrolet team mates, 27 points ahead of Rob Huff with Alain Menu a further point behind. Pepe Oriola was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

Isaac Tutumlu left Proteam Racing after the Race of Slovakia, reducing the team to one car for Mehdi Bennani.[1] James Thompson also rejoined the series, driving a Lada Granta WTCC for TMS Sport in the first of two outings in 2012.[2]

Report[edit]

Free Practice[edit]

Yvan Muller set the pace in the first free practice session ahead of Lukoil Racing Team's Gabriele Tarquini and Chevrolet's Alain Menu. Local driver Norbert Michelisz was the quickest independent driver. Three drives were warned for exceeding track limits, with Mehdi Bennani also being issued with a black and white flag warning.[3]

Tarquini went fastest in free practice two, heading the Chevrolets of Muller and Huff and the SEAT of Darryl O'Young. Thompson ended the session ninth in the Lada Granta. Once again, drivers were warned for exceeding track limits, with Tarquini losing one of his times as a consequence.[4]

Qualifying[edit]

The Chevrolets started 1–2–3 in the first race with Muller on pole position for the second time in 2012. Franz Engstler started on pole position for the reversed grid second race.[5] Menu lost time behind Engstler in Q2 and started third for the first race.[6] The ROAL Motorsport drivers were sent to the back of the grid for a parc fermé infringement, Alberto Cerqui had qualified 13th and Tom Coronel had qualified 19th before the penalty.[7]

Warm-Up[edit]

Tarquini led the morning warm-up session ahead of the Chevrolet trio of Huff, Menu and Muller.[8]

Race One[edit]

Muller led away from the rolling start but an incident behind caused Michelisz to run wide and the chain reaction as several cars recovered force Tarquini and Tom Boardman into retirement. Bennani had got up to second by the first corner before dropping down to fourth by the second corner, after which the Chevrolets led 1–2–3. Michelisz had recovered to sixth place but was overtaken by Coronel on the final lap, the ROAL driver having climbed from 21st on the grid. Muller took the win ahead of Huff, Menu and Bennani who took his best ever WTCC result and the Yokohama Independents' Trophy win.[9]

Race Two[edit]

Engstler started from pole position for the reversed grid race, however a fast start from Michelisz in fifth ensured he led into the first corner. The order behind Michelisz was Oriola ahead of Bennani until Menu came charging through the field from eighth on the grid to take second. Huff finished seventh and Muller finished tenth after a last lap off put him behind Stefano D'Aste and Engstler. Michelisz took the overall win and the Independents' win in front of his home fans.[10]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2 Points
1 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:55.077 1:54.503 5
2 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:55.201 1:54.770 4
3 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:55.405 1:54.993 3
4 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 1:55.357 1:55.074 2
5 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:56.245 1:55.205 1
6 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.779 1:55.322
7 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 1:55.757 1:55.362
8 20 China Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:55.794 1:55.768
9 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:56.085 1:55.841
10 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:56.081 1:55.953
11 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:56.342 1:56.096
12 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 1:56.343 1:56.791
13 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:56.387
14 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 1:56.434
15 69 United Kingdom James Thompson TMS Sport Lada Granta WTCC 1:56.527
16 27 Hungary Gábor Wéber Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:56.542
17 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:56.544
18 12 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:56.702
19 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 1:57.415
20 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León TDi Y 1:57.890
EX1 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y Excluded
EX1 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Excluded
  • Bold denotes Pole position for second race.
^1 — The ROAL Motorsport drivers had their times from qualifying removed after the team broke a parc fermé regulation.[11]

Race 1[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 12 23:23.462 1 25
2 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 12 +1.259 2 18
3 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 12 +1.759 3 15
4 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 12 +10.983 5 12
5 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 12 +15.206 7 10
6 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 12 +15.786 21 8
7 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 12 +16.480 6 6
8 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 12 +16.971 9 4
9 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 12 +18.106 11 2
10 27 Hungary Gábor Wéber Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 12 +20.950 12 1
11 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 12 +24.446 12
12 12 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 12 +26.296 18
13 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 12 +26.493 20
14 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 12 +30.396 17
15 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 12 +31.116 19
16 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 12 +31.897 13
17 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 9 +3 Laps 14
Ret 69 United Kingdom James Thompson TMS Sport Lada Granta WTCC 7 Overheating 15
NC 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 4 +8 Laps 10
NC 20 China Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 3 +9 Laps 8
Ret 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 1 Collision 4
Ret 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León TDi Y 0 Collision 20
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 12 23:37.603 5 25
2 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 12 +1.805 8 18
3 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 12 +4.998 6 15
4 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 12 +6.221 2 12
5 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 12 +8.020 4 10
6 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 12 +8.641 7 8
7 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 12 +9.077 9 6
8 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 12 +10.139 14 4
9 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 12 +11.067 1 2
10 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 12 +11.572 10 1
11 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 12 +13.174 11
12 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 12 +15.438 20
13 20 Hong Kong Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 12 +19.695 3
14 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 13 +23.167 14
15 12 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 12 +23.189 17
16 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 12 +23.189 16
17 27 Hungary Gábor Wéber Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 12 +45.913 15
18 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 12 +1:50.928 19
19 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 10 +2 Laps 12
Ret 69 United Kingdom James Thompson TMS Sport Lada Granta WTCC 1 Collision 21
Ret 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1 Collision 13
DNS 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León TDi Y 0 Collision damage 22
  • 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]

External links[edit]

World Touring Car Championship
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2012 FIA WTCC Race of Slovakia
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