2009 World Touring Car Championship
|2009 World Touring Car Championship|
The 2009 World Touring Car Championship season was the sixth FIA World Touring Car Championship season, the fifth since its 2005 return. It began on 8 March, and ended on 22 November, after twenty-four races. The championship, which was reserved for Super 2000 Cars and Diesel 2000 Cars, comprised two titles, the FIA World Touring Car Champion for Drivers and the FIA World Touring Car Champion for Manufacturers.
Italian Gabriele Tarquini won the Drivers' Championship by four points from SEAT Sport team-mate Yvan Muller, with BMW Team Germany's Augusto Farfus finishing third ten points behind Muller. The Manufacturers Championship was retained by SEAT beating BMW by just three points. Tom Coronel took the Independents' Trophy for SUNRED Engineering, which won the Teams' Trophy.
Teams and drivers
The following teams and drivers contested the 2009 FIA World Touring Car Championship:
- Stefano D'Aste: Scuderia Proteam Motorsport → Wiechers-Sport
- Sergio Hernández: Scuderia Proteam Motorsport → BMW Team Italy-Spain
- Félix Porteiro: BMW Team Italy-Spain → Scuderia Proteam Motorsport
- Kristian Poulsen: Wiechers-Sport → Liqui Moly Team Engstler
- James Thompson: N-Technology → LADA Sport
Entering WTCC Including those who entered one-off rounds in 2008
- Mehdi Bennani: No full-time drive → Exagon Engineering
- Tom Boardman: SEAT León Eurocup → SUNRED Engineering
- Marin Čolak: SEAT León Eurocup → Čolak Racing Team Ingra
- Vito Postiglione: Italian GT Championship → Scuderia Proteam Motorsport
- Pierre-Yves Corthals: Exagon Engineering → Belgian Touring Car Series
- Ibrahim Okyay: Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport → Unknown
- Andrey Romanov: Liqui Moly Team Engstler → ADAC Procar Series
The first provisional calendar was released in October 2008.
Marrakech hosted a round on a new temporary street circuit in the heart of the city on 3 May. and Porto returned to the championship.
On 5 November 2008, FIA released a new provisional calendar, and announced the date of the Race of Germany in Oschersleben moved from 30 August to 6 September (due to clash with the date of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix), and the date of the Race of Japan in Okayama moved from 25 October to 1 November. The Race of Italy was originally scheduled to be run in Monza but it was changed to Imola, and the date of the event in Italy was also changed (from 4 October to 20 September).
|1||R1||HSBC Race of Brazil||Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba||8 March|
|2||R3||HSBC Race of Mexico||Autódromo Miguel E. Abed||22 March|
|3||R5||Race of Morocco||Marrakech Street Circuit||3 May|
|4||R7||Ville de Pau Race of France||Circuit de Pau Ville||17 May|
|5||R9||Race of Spain||Circuit Ricardo Tormo||31 May|
|6||R11||Mariott Race of the Czech Republic||Masaryk Circuit||21 June|
|7||R13||Race of Portugal||Circuito da Boavista||5 July|
|8||R15||Mariott Race of UK||Brands Hatch||19 July|
|9||R17||Atari Race of Germany||Motorsport Arena Oschersleben||6 September|
|10||R19||Stihl Race of Italy||Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari||20 September|
|11||R21||Kenwood Race of Japan||Okayama International Circuit||1 November|
|12||R23||Mariott Race of Macau||Guia Circuit||22 November|
Results and standings
|Race||Race Name||Pole Position||Fastest lap||Winning driver||Winning team||Winning independent||Report|
|1||Race of Brazil||Yvan Muller||Yvan Muller||Yvan Muller||SEAT Sport||Félix Porteiro||Report|
|2||Alain Menu||Gabriele Tarquini||SEAT Sport||Félix Porteiro|
|3||Race of Mexico||Augusto Farfus||Andy Priaulx||Rickard Rydell||SEAT Sport||Félix Porteiro||Report|
|4||Jörg Müller||Yvan Muller||SEAT Sport||Félix Porteiro|
|5||Race of Morocco||Robert Huff||Robert Huff||Robert Huff||Chevrolet||Mehdi Bennani||Report|
|6||Alain Menu||Nicola Larini||Chevrolet||Franz Engstler|
|7||Race of France||Augusto Farfus||Sergio Hernández||Robert Huff||Chevrolet||Franz Engstler||Report|
|8||Jörg Müller||Alain Menu||Chevrolet||Éric Cayrolle|
|9||Race of Spain||Gabriele Tarquini||Yvan Muller||Yvan Muller||SEAT Sport||Tom Coronel||Report|
|10||Augusto Farfus||Augusto Farfus||BMW Team Germany||Stefano D'Aste|
|11||Race of the Czech Republic||Augusto Farfus||Andy Priaulx||Alessandro Zanardi||BMW Team Italy-Spain||Félix Porteiro||Report|
|12||Sergio Hernández||Sergio Hernández||BMW Team Italy-Spain||Félix Porteiro|
|13||Race of Portugal||Gabriele Tarquini||Gabriele Tarquini||Gabriele Tarquini||SEAT Sport||Stefano D'Aste||Report|
|14||Augusto Farfus||Augusto Farfus||BMW Team Germany||Stefano D'Aste|
|15||Race of UK||Alain Menu||Alain Menu||Alain Menu||Chevrolet||Stefano D'Aste||Report|
|16||Jörg Müller||Augusto Farfus||BMW Team Germany||Tom Boardman|
|17||Race of Germany||Gabriele Tarquini||Andy Priaulx||Andy Priaulx||BMW Team UK||Tom Coronel||Report|
|18||Andy Priaulx||Augusto Farfus||BMW Team Germany||Tom Coronel|
|19||Race of Italy||Gabriele Tarquini||Gabriele Tarquini||Gabriele Tarquini||SEAT Sport||Tom Coronel||Report|
|20||Rickard Rydell||Yvan Muller||SEAT Sport||Stefano D'Aste|
|21||Race of Japan||Gabriele Tarquini||Rickard Rydell||Andy Priaulx||BMW Team UK||Tom Coronel||Report|
|22||Robert Huff||Augusto Farfus||BMW Team Germany||Stefano D'Aste|
|23||Guia Race of Macau||Robert Huff||Tiago Monteiro||Robert Huff||Chevrolet||Tom Coronel||Report|
|24||Jörg Müller||Augusto Farfus||BMW Team Germany||Félix Porteiro|
Bold – Pole
† — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.
Manufacturers' Championship points were awarded on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis to the first eight finishers in each of the twenty four races. All results obtained by the best two classified cars per manufacturer were taken into account. All other cars from the same manufacturer were considered to be invisible in terms of points scoring.
Yokohama Independents' Trophy
|22||João Paulo de Oliveira||23||19||4|
|23||Lei Kit Meng||21||18||4|
|26||Joseph Rosa Merszei||22||20||2|
- The Yokohama Independents' Trophy used a similar points system to that used for the Drivers’ Championship, however bonus points were also awarded at each event for race one pole position and for the fastest race lap, unlike the Drivers' championship. Three bonus points per position were awarded if an independent driver finished in the overall top eight, e.g. if a driver finished sixth overall, he or she received nine bonus points. Double points were awarded at the final event at Macau.
Yokohama Teams' Trophy
|2||Scuderia Proteam Motorsport||8||7||10||9||13||10||DSQ||17†||10||15||7||4||14||13||14||15||Ret||15||9||12||14||11||14||12||239|
|3||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||12||16||14||11||11||7||6||10||16||16||11||14||17||11||17||19||7||14||11||13||19||15||16||14||212|
|5||Čolak Racing Team Ingra||19†||DNS||Ret||22†||15||12||19||16||18||18||Ret||DNS||11||21||32|
|7||China Dragon Racing||21||18||4|
|9||Team Bygma Jason Watt Racing||Ret||19||2|
All the teams taking part in any of the rounds of the 2009 FIA World Touring Car Championship were eligible to score points for the Yokohama Teams' Trophy. Points were awarded to the two best classified cars of each team, providing they were driven by Independent drivers. All other cars of that same team were considered invisible as far as scoring points was concerned.
- 2009 FIA World Touring Car Championship Sporting Regulations, page 2
- Beer, Matt (28 January 2009). "SEAT confirm unchanged line-up". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
- "BMW CONFIRM THREE WTCC TEAMS". World Touring Car Championship official website. 8 January 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2009.[dead link]
- "RML CHEVROLET ANNOUNCE 2009 WTCC DRIVER LINE-UP". Ray Mallock Limited official website. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
- English, Steven (13 February 2009). "Van Lagen confirmed at Lada". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
- English, Steven (26 June 2009). "Lada confirms deal with Thompson". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
- "Tom Coronel continues with SUNRED". Touring Car Times. 27 January 2009. Archived from the original on January 30, 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
- O'Leary, Jamie (2 February 2009). "Boardman joins SUNRED SEAT". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2 February 2009.
- "SUNRED Add third car for Cayrolle". World Touring Car Championship official website. 10 May 2009. Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2009.
- "Twin brother Coronel to join at Brno". TouringCarTimes. 1 June 2009. Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2009.
- "PUYO IS SEAT CUP WINNER FOR PORTO". World Touring Car Championship official website. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2009.
- "MICHELISZ WINS PARTICIPATION IN BRANDS". World Touring Car Championship official website. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
- "CLAIRET JOINS SUNRED IN OSCHERSLEBEN". World Touring Car Championship official website. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009.
- "Another Larini joins at Imola". World Touring Car Championship official website. 6 September 2009. Archived from the original on 10 September 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2009.
- "Brazilian driver joins SUNRED". World Touring Car Championship official website. 17 October 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
- Kemp, Nikki (13 October 2009). "MACAU – Provisional Entry List". automobilsport.com. Automobilsport. Retrieved 13 October 2009.
- "PROTEAM WITH PORTEIRO AND TANEV". World Touring Car Championship official website. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2009.[dead link]
- http://www.touringcartimes.com/news.php?id=3089 George Tanev signs with Proteam
- English, Steven (10 April 2009). "Proteam to run third car in Morocco". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
- http://www.fiawtcc.com/html/uploadedFiles/PDF/10_entrylist_Italy.pdf Race of Italy Entry List. Accessed 2009-09-09. Archived 2009-09-11.
- Meissner, Johan (29 September 2009). "Three new Japanese BMW privateers". TouringCarTimes. Archived from the original on October 19, 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
- "Philip Geipel joins Team Engstler". TouringCarTimes. 9 July 2009. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
- "Team Engstler test Asian drivers". fiawtcc.com. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
- "Gastbok: Plans 2009 and Oschersleben". World Touring Car Championship official website. 16 December 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.[dead link]
- "Laurent Cazenave joins Wiechers Sport". TouringCarTimes. 6 May 2009. Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
- Meissner, Johan (4 October 2009). "Takayuki Aoki to Wiechers for Macau". touringcartimes.com. TouringCarTimes. Archived from the original on October 19, 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
- O'Leary, Jamie (10 February 2009). "Colak to enter series with a SEAT". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
- "Exagon come back with Moroccan driver". World Touring Car Championship. 17 March 2009. Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
- "VOLVO ENTER TWO CARS IN BRANDS HATCH". fiawtcc.com. 9 July 2009. Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
- "Michel Nykjær confirms single race entry". TouringCarTimes. 20 June 2009. Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2009.
- "Danish drivers join WTCC in Germany". World Touring Car Championship. 30 August 2009. Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
- http://www.fiawtcc.com/html/uploadedFiles/PDF/12_entrylist_Macau.pdf Race of Macau Entry List
- "WTCC calendar approved". World Touring Car Championship official website. Archived from the original on November 14, 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
- "MARRAKECH GP JOINS 2009 WTCC CALENDAR". World Touring Car Championship official website. 3 July 2008. Archived from the original on September 8, 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
- "Press Release: World Motor Sport Council – Decisions 05/11/2008". FIA official website. 5 November 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2008.
- FIA World Touring Car Championship (2009 Sporting Regulations), argent.fia.com As archived at www.webcitation.org on 12 December 2009
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