2012 FIA WTCC Race of Portugal

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Round details
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Round 7 of 12 in the 2012 World Touring Car Championship season at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal.
Date 3 June, 2012
Location Portimão, Portugal
Course Autódromo Internacional do Algarve
4.654 km
Race One
Laps 11
Pole position
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing Team
Time 1:53.966
Podium
First France Yvan Muller Chevrolet
Second Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing Team
Third United Kingdom Rob Huff Chevrolet
Fastest Lap
Driver France Yvan Muller Chevrolet
Time 1:54.541
Race Two
Laps 11
Podium
First Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Second Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing Team
Third Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport
Fastest Lap
Driver Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Time 1:56.018

The 2012 FIA WTCC Race of Portugal was the seventh round of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship season and the sixth running of the FIA WTCC Race of Portugal. It was held on 3 June, 2012 at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal. The first race was won by Yvan Muller for Chevrolet and the second race was won by Alain Menu, also for Chevrolet.

Background[edit]

Coming into the event, Yvan Muller was the championship leader on 206 points ahead of Robert Huff on 198 and Menu on 175 points. Pepe Oriola was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

James Thompson and TMS Sport made their last scheduled appearance of the season with the Lada Granta WTCC. Tom Boardman switched to the new SEAT turbocharged engine, having run the TDi engine since Spain.[1]

For the Race of Portugal weekend, Menu would be playing the role of comic book character Michel Vaillant. His Chevrolet Cruze raced in special Vaillante colours and Menu himself wore a special race suit and dyed his hair to look like the French comic book racer.[2]

Report[edit]

Free Practice[edit]

Lukoil Racing Team's Gabriele Tarquini set the pace in the first free practice session, nearly half a second ahead of the Chevrolet of Yvan Muller. Thompson put the TMS Sport Lada in 10th.[3]

It was a Chevrolet 1-2-3 in the second practice session, with Yvan Muller topping the timing pages ahead of Menu and Huff.[4]

Qualifying[edit]

Tarquini took his second pole position of the season with Yvan Muller second for Chevrolet and Norbert Michelisz third for Zengő Motorsport. The race two reversed grid would see Tuenti Racing Team's Pepe Oriola starting on position with Menu starting second. The session was stopped early on when Tom Chilton suffered a suspension failure, he and his team mate James Nash would form an all Ford back row.[5]

Warm-Up[edit]

Muller went fastest in Sunday morning's warm-up session ahead of Chevrolet team mates of Huff and Menu.[6]

Race One[edit]

Muller overtook Tarquini on the outside into turn one to take the lead, while further down the field, Aleksei Dudukalo and Gábor Wéber made contact and ended up in the gravel. Both drivers were able to get back on track and return to the pits. Muller held on to take the win ahead of Tarquini and Huff, with Michelisz the winning independent after coming home in fourth. Menu had climbed up to fifth position while the only remaining non-SEAT engined León of Tiago Monteiro spent much of the race defending his seventh place.[7]

Race Two[edit]

A near repeat of race one saw the Chevrolet of Menu overtake pole sitter Oriola before the first corner. Further back, Mehdi Bennani made contact with Stefano D'Aste which earned him a suspended grid penalty.[8] Tarquini had been defending from the Chevrolets of Muller and Huff when he took too much kerb, allowing Muller through. Huff and Tarquini made contact, spinning the Italian out of the race while Muller spun at his own accord. ROAL Motorsport's Alberto Cerqui took advantage of Muller's off to take fifth, a position that was later switched on the main straight. Menu took the victory ahead of podium debutant Oriola with Tom Coronel third.[9]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2 Points
1 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 1:54.809 1:53.966 5
2 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:54.982 1:54.232 4
3 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.242 1:54.598 3
4 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:54.985 1:54.932 2
5 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 1:55.430 1:54.982 1
6 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.413 1:55.036
7 27 Hungary Gábor Wéber Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.740 1:55.087
8 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 1:55.471 1:55.088
9 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:55.163 1:55.114
10 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:55.380 1:55.323
11 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.607 1:55.488
12 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:55.703 1:55.618
13 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.811
14 20 China Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:55.842
15 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:55.891
16 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 1:55.892
17 69 United Kingdom James Thompson TMS Sport Lada Granta WTCC 1:55.926
18 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:56.080
19 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:56.260
20 12 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:56.499
21 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 1:56.554
22 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 1:57.117
  • Bold denotes Pole position for second race.

Race 1[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 11 21:20.620 2 25
2 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 11 +0.336 1 18
3 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 11 +0.951 4 15
4 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 11 +6.699 3 12
5 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 11 +13.669 9 10
6 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 11 +17.053 5 8
7 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 11 +20.172 8 6
8 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 11 +20.422 6 4
9 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 11 +21.134 10 2
10 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 11 +21.723 15 1
11 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 11 +22.453 16
12 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 11 +26.142 13
13 20 China Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 11 +29.066 14
14 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 11 +29.813 19
15 12 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 11 +34.752 20
16 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 11 +42.163 22
17 69 United Kingdom James Thompson TMS Sport Lada Granta WTCC 10 +1 Lap 17
18 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 9 +2 Laps 18
Ret 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 7 Collision 21
Ret 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 7 Collision 11
Ret 27 Hungary Gábor Wéber Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 4 Collision 7
Ret 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 2 Collision 12
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 11 21:34.180 2 25
2 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 11 +3.200 1 18
3 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 11 +5.160 6 15
4 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 11 +6.961 7 12
5 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 11 +8.280 9 10
6 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 11 +8.626 5 8
7 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 11 +15.007 15 6
8 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 11 +15.874 3 4
9 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 11 +16.264 13 2
10 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 11 +18.128 8 1
11 69 United Kingdom James Thompson TMS Sport Lada Granta WTCC 11 +19.832 21
12 27 Hungary Gábor Wéber Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 11 +23.542 4
13 20 China Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 11 +28.326 14
14 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 11 +28.581 17
15 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 11 +30.552 20
16 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 11 +50.602 12
17 12 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 10 +1 Lap 19
18 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 10 +1 Lap 16
19 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 8 +3 Laps 10
Ret 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 7 Set Up 22
Ret 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 3 Collision 11
Ret 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 2 Collision 18
  • 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]

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