2009 FIA WTCC Race of the Czech Republic

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Round details
Brno (formerly Masarykův okruh).svg
Round 6 of 12 in the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season at Masaryk Circuit in Brno, Czech Republic.
Date 21 June, 2009
Location Brno, Czech Republic
Course Masaryk Circuit
5.403 km
Race One
Laps 12
Pole position
Driver Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Time 2:09.590
Podium
First Italy Alex Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain
Second Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany
Third Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK
Time 2:10.622
Race Two
Laps 10
Podium
First Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain
Second France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport
Third Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain
Time 2:12.143

The 2009 FIA WTCC Marriott Race of the Czech Republic was the sixth round of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season and the fourth running of the FIA WTCC Race of the Czech Republic. It was held on 21 June 2009 at the Masaryk Circuit near Brno, Czech Republic. BMW Team Italy-Spain won both races with Alex Zanardi winning the first race and Sergio Hernández winning the second race.

Background[edit]

Coming into the round, SEAT Sport driver Yvan Muller was leading the drivers' championship by a three point margin over BMW Team Germany's Augusto Farfus. Tom Coronel was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

Tom's twin brother Tim Coronel joined SUNRED Engineering for the event to make his WTCC debut.[1] Exagon Engineering and their driver Mehdi Bennani missed the round before returning at the Race of Portugal.

Report[edit]

Free practice[edit]

BMW cars dominated first practice taking the top five positions on Saturday morning. In wet conditions, Andy Priaulx was fastest just under 0.15s ahead of Zanardi. Rickard Rydell was the fastest SEAT drive in sixth place and the fastest Chevrolet was that of Nicola Larini in seventh.[2]

BMW filled the top four places in the second free practice session with Farfus setting the fastest time. SEAT cars filled the next five places, led by Gabriele Tarquini while the fastest Chevrolet was Robert Huff in tenth. The track was still damp after the morning but it was drying as the session progressed.[3]

Qualifying[edit]

Farfus took his third pole position of the year with Priaulx alongside him on the front row. Behind them were Zanardi and the fastest Chevrolet of Larini. Only two SEATs made it through to Q2, Rydell lined up fifth and Tarquini sixth. Scuderia Proteam Motorsport driver Félix Porteiro was the fastest independent lining up tenth. Priaulx had been fastest in Q1 but changing weather conditions favoured Farfus later on. Out in Q1 were SEAT Sport drivers Tiago Monteiro, Jordi Gené and points leader Yvan Muller.[4]

Warm-Up[edit]

Farfus was quickest in Sunday mornings warm up session with BMW cars in the top five positions.[5]

Race One[edit]

Farfus moved to the left at the start, collecting Priaulx, Huff, Larini and Gené before beaching himself in the gravel trap. Priaulx limped back to the pits minus his front bumper and with broken front suspension while Farfus, Huff and Larini were stuck at turn one. The incident allowed Tarquini and Zanardi to pass up the inside and continue. Tarquini led away from the restart before Zanardi quickly passed the SEAT and pulled away into the lead. Zanardi took victory at Brno for the second consecutive year while Jörg Müller had climbed up from eleventh to second ahead of Tarquini. Porteiro was the winning Yokohama Independent driver and Yvan Muller finished eighth to secure pole position for race two.[6]

Race Two[edit]

Starting on the front row, Porteiro moved into the lead at the start while Hernández then took second from pole sitter Yvan Muller. The leading pair ran close together and on lap three Hernández made his move to take the lead. Porteiro dropped down to fourth on lap four when he was passed by Muller and Monteiro. Behind them, a battle for fifth place was developing between BMW pair Priaulx and Müller and SEAT pair Tarquini and Rydell. While the BMW duo were contesting fifth place, Tarquini and Rydell overtook the pair of them. At the line Hernández took his first ever WTCC win with Muller second and Monteiro third, fourth place for Porteiro secured him the independents' win.[6]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 8 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 2:10.663 2:09.590
2 6 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 2:09.644 2:09.630
3 9 Italy Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 2:10.826 2:09.862
4 14 Italy Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:10.822 2:10.327
5 3 Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:10.604 2:10.371
6 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:10.601 2:10.617
7 7 Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 2:10.424 2:10.661
8 12 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:10.730 2:10.714
9 10 Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 2:10.628 2:10.996
10 23 Spain Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 2:10.981 2:11.011
11 5 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:11.020
12 4 Spain Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:11.317
13 1 France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 2:11.320
14 11 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 2:11.391
15 27 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 2:11.504
16 21 Netherlands Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:11.851
17 25 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2:11.895
18 31 Italy Vito Postiglione Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 2:12.141
19 28 Croatia Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:12.469
20 32 Netherlands Tim Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:12.490
21 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 2:13.048
22 18 Netherlands Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 2:13.371
23 26 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2:13.808
24 19 Russia Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 2:14.033
25 20 Russia Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 2:14.257

Race 1[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9 Italy Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 12 2:26.496 3 10
2 7 Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 12 +1.848 7 8
3 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 +4.831 6 6
4 3 Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 +5.105 5 5
5 10 Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 12 +5.303 9 4
6 5 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 +7.250 11 3
7 23 Spain Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 12 +7.847 10 2
8 1 France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 12 +9.915 13 1
9 21 Netherlands Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 12 +10.814 16
10 31 Italy Vito Postiglione Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 12 +11.022 18
11 25 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 12 +12.916 17
12 32 Netherlands Tim Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 12 +14.150 20
13 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 12 +17.692 21
14 18 Netherlands Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 12 +20.200 22
15 19 Russia Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 12 +22.342 24
16 20 Russia Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 12 +24.607 25
17 27 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 12 +36.106 15
Ret 28 Croatia Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 7 Pierced radiator 19
NC 6 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 6 Race incident 2
Ret 4 Spain Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 4 Race incident 12
Ret 26 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 2 Engine 23
Ret 12 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1 Race incident 8
Ret 8 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 0 Race incident 1
Ret 14 Italy Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 0 Race incident 4
Ret 11 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 0 Race incident 14
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10 Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 10 22:13.734 4 10
2 1 France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 10 +2.316 1 8
3 5 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 10 +4.114 3 6
4 23 Spain Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 10 +4.280 2 5
5 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 10 +7.232 6 4
6 3 Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 10 +7.857 5 3
7 7 Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 10 +8.092 7 2
8 6 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 10 +8.852 17 1
9 21 Netherlands Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 10 +10.369 9
10 31 Italy Vito Postiglione Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 10 +10.551 10
11 4 Spain Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 10 +12.501 18
12 11 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 10 +16.026 19
13 14 Italy Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 10 +17.624 21
14 25 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 10 +18.456 11
15 27 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 10 +19.352 23
16 32 Netherlands Tim Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 10 +19.916 12
17 19 Russia Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 10 +29.476 15
18 18 Netherlands Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 10 +30.483 14
19 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 10 +30.837 13
20 20 Russia Viktor Shapovalov LADA Sport LADA 110 2.0 10 +31.362 16
21 26 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 10 +42.121 25
22 12 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 9 +1 Lap 22
Ret 9 Italy Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 4 Race incident 8
Ret 8 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 1 Race incident 20
DNS 28 Croatia Marin Čolak Čolak Racing Team Ingra SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 0 Pierced radiator 24
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Championship standings[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Veltman, Rob (31 May 2009). "Twin brother Coronel to join at Brno". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Veltman, Rob (20 June 2009). "BMW dominant in first test session". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  3. ^ English, Steven (20 June 2009). "Farfus fastest in second Brno practice". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Farfus secures pole at Brno". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 20 June 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Warm up results - WTCC: Czech Republic 2009". GPupdate (JHED Media BV). 21 June 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "ROUNDS 11 & 12 – BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC RACE REPORT" (PDF). fiawtcc.com. Eurosport. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

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