2012 FIA WTCC Race of Slovakia

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Round details
Slovakiaring.svg
Round 4 of 12 in the 2012 World Touring Car Championship season at Automotodróm Slovakia Ring in Orechová Potôň, Slovakia.
Date 29 April, 2012
Location Orechová Potôň, Slovakia
Course Automotodróm Slovakia Ring
5.922 km
Race One
Laps 10
Pole position
Driver Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport
Time 2:12.990
Podium
First Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing Team
Second Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing Team
Third Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Fastest Lap
Driver Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport
Time 2:14.606
Race Two
Laps 10
Podium
First United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet
Second France Yvan Muller Chevrolet
Third Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing Team
Fastest Lap
Driver France Yvan Muller Chevrolet
Time 2:14.508

The 2012 FIA WTCC Race of Slovakia was the fourth round of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship season and the maiden running of the FIA WTCC Race of Slovakia. It was held on 29 April 2012 at the Automotodróm Slovakia Ring in Orechová Potôň, Slovakia. The first race was won by Gabriele Tarquini for Lukoil Racing Team and the second race was won by Robert Huff for Chevrolet.

Background[edit]

Chevrolet came to Slovakia on the back of winning the first six races of the season, with Yvan Muller leading the championship 24 points ahead of Alain Menu. Pepe Oriola was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

Gábor Wéber returned with Zengő Motorsport after missing the previous round in Morocco due to cost concerns.[1] Isaac Tutumlu sat out the Race of Slovakia after his Proteam Racing team failed to repair his car in time after damage was sustained in Marrakech.[2] SUNRED Engineering's Andrea Barlesi was unable to continue in the World Touring Car Championship after Marrakech with his budget having run out.[3]

Report[edit]

Free Practice[edit]

Oriola was the quickest driver in the opening practice session on Friday, ahead of the Lukoil SEAT León of Tarquini and the Team Aon Ford Focus of James Nash. The session was briefly red flagged when the engine in Tiago Monteiro's León cut out.[4]

It was Chevrolet's turn to top the times in the second free practice sessions, with Menu topping the times ahead of Yvan Muller. After the session had ended, Tarquini beached his car in the gravel having finished the session tenth fastest.[5]

Qualifying[edit]

Norbert Michelisz took his first WTCC pole position to beat the Lukoil Racing Team drivers of Aleksei Dudukalo in second and Tarquini in third. A red flag towards the end of Q1 for Franz Engstler's stranded BMW 320 TC prevented Tom Coronel from progressing into the second session.[6] Nash, who had qualified a career best fourth, failed a ride-height check in post-qualifying scrutineering and was dropped ten places on the grid for both races.[7]

Warm-Up[edit]

Muller led the Sunday morning warm-up session with Nash second, Huff third and Oriola fourth.[8]

Race One[edit]

Michelisz led into the first corner but contact with second placed Tarquini would drop him down the order, and further contact with Muller dropped him down to sixth and earned the Chevrolet driver a drive-through penalty. Oriola had briefly climbed into second place before a puncture and the subsequent trip into the gravel ended his challenge. Tarquini led a Lukoil Racing Team 1-2 finish the chequered flag with Menu third for Chevrolet. Dudukalo was the winning driver in the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.[9]

Race Two[edit]

Stefano D'Aste started on the reversed grid pole and led down into turn one. The Chevrolet trio and Tarquini took the lead when the Wiechers-Sport driver ran wide. Dudukalo was issued with a drive through penalty for failing to have all four wheels on his car on the ground when the five minute board was shown before the race. Huff led Muller and Menu until Tarquini took his third place. ROAL Motorsport's Tom Coronel also overtook Menu before the Swiss retired with a broken rim. Huff took his first win of the year ahead of Muller and Tarquini, with Oriola the winner in the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.[9]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2 Points
1 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 2:14.148 2:12.990 5
2 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 2:13.975 2:13.076 4
3 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 2:14.414 2:13.137 3
41 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 2:13.540 2:13.317 2
5 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 2:14.030 2:13.322 1
6 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:13.621 2:13.366
7 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:13.725 2:13.575
8 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 2:13.301 2:13.684
9 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2:13.790 2:13.721
10 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 2:14.166 2:14.668
11 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 2:14.447 2:14.766
12 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 2:14.331 2:15.288
13 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 2:14.490
14 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 2:14.676
15 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 2:14.823
16 20 China Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 2:14.856
17 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 2:15.039
18 12 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 2:15.756
19 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 2:16.129
20 27 Hungary Gábor Wéber Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 2:16.536
NC2 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León TDi Y 13:11.823
  • Bold denotes Pole position for second race.
^1 — James Nash received a ten place grid penalty for failing a post-qualifying ride height check.[7]
^2 — Despite not having been classifed in qualifying, Tom Boardman was allowed to start at the back of the grid for both races.[10]

Race 1[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 10 22:42.275 3 25
2 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 10 +2.484 2 18
3 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 10 +4.194 8 15
4 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 10 +6.992 11 12
5 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 10 +7.978 9 10
6 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 10 +9.943 1 8
7 20 China Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 10 +11.164 15 6
8 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León TDi Y 10 +20.643 21 4
9 27 Hungary Gábor Wéber Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 10 +20.961 19 2
10 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 10 +21.174 5 1
11 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 10 +21.787 20
12 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 10 +22.676 16
13 12 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 10 +31.153 17
14 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 10 +41.395 12
15 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 10 +1:42.494 18
16 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 7 +3 Laps 7
17 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 7 +3 Laps 6
Ret 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 5 Race incident 13
Ret 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 1 Race incident 4
Ret 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 0 Race incident 10
Ret 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 0 Race incident 14
  • 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 10 22:38.101 4 25
2 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 10 +2.029 5 18
3 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 10 +2.555 7 15
4 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 10 +8.859 12 12
5 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 10 +9.352 3 10
6 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 10 +9.553 9 8
7 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 10 +11.675 13 6
8 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 10 +12.773 11 4
9 20 China Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 10 +14.161 14 2
10 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 10 +20.847 10 1
11 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León TDi Y 10 +30.073 17
12 12 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 10 +30.617 16
13 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 10 +30.964 18
14 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 10 +32.757 1
15 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 10 +41.317 8
Ret 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 6 Engine 6
Ret 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 3 Race incident 2
Ret 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 2 Race incident 15
Ret 27 Hungary Gábor Wéber Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1 Race incident 20
DNS 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 0 Collision damage 19
DNS 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 0 Collision damage WD
  • 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]

  1. ^ Hudson, Neil. "Nobody knows what to expect at the Slovakiaring". TouringCarTimes. TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Hudson, Neil. "Isaac Tutumlu will miss Slovakia". TouringCarTimes. TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Auger, Matt. "Barlesi targets WTCC return". Touring-Cars.net. Touring-Cars-net. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Abbott, Andrew. "Oriola on top in first Slovakia practice". Touring-Cars.net. Touring-Cars-net. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Neil. "Alain Menu leads Muller in second free practice in Slovakia". TouringCarTimes. TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Hudson, Neil. "Norbert Michelisz storms to Slovakia pole". TouringCarTimes. TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Mills, Peter. "Nash handed 10-place grid penalty". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Hudson, Neil. "Yvan Muller leads James Nash in morning warm up". TouringCarTimes. TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "ROUNDS 7 & 8 – SLOVAKIA RING RACE REPORT". World Touring Car Championship. World Touring Car Championship. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Decision N° 11". FIA. World Touring Car Championship. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 

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