2012 FIA WTCC Race of Morocco

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Morocco 2012 Race of Morocco
Race details
Marrakech Street Circuit 2010.png
Date 15 April, 2012
Location Marrakech, Morocco
Course Marrakech Street Circuit
4.545 kilometres (2.824 mi)
Race One
Laps 11
Pole position
Driver Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Time 1:43.901
Podium
First Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Second United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet
Third France Yvan Muller Chevrolet
Fastest Lap
Driver Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing
Time 1:44.617
Race Two
Laps 11
Podium
First France Yvan Muller Chevrolet
Second United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet
Third Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Fastest Lap
Driver Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Time 1:45.161

The 2012 FIA WTCC Race of Morocco was the third round of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship season and the third running of the FIA WTCC Race of Morocco. It was held on 15 April 2012 at Marrakech Street Circuit in Marrakech, Morocco. Both races were won by Chevrolet with Alain Menu winning race one and Yvan Muller winning race two.

Background[edit]

After Valencia it was Chevrolet driver Yvan Muller who was leading the championship, 27 points clear of his nearest rival Menu who was three points clear of ROAL Motorsport driver Tom Coronel. Pepe Oriola was leading the Yokohama Independents' Trophy.

Having made his WTCC debut at Valencia, Fernando Monje would not return to race at Marrakech in preparation for his return to the European Touring Car Cup at the Slovakiaring.[1] Gábor Wéber would also miss the event due to financial concerns, leaving Norbert Michelisz as the sole driver for Zengő Motorsport.[2]

Report[edit]

Free Practice[edit]

Lukoil Racing Team's Gabriele Tarquini was fastest in the first free practice session ahead of the Chevrolet's of Yvan Muller and Robert Huff. Team AON's Tom Chilton was a surprise fourth fastest, backing up his performance from Fridays test session. Franz Engstler was the fastest of the BMWs.[3]

In the second session it was Menu was topped the times, his teammates Muller and Huff were second and third once again. Tarquini was the fastest SEAT in fourth ahead of Oriola and the Ford Focus of Chilton in sixth.[4]

Qualifying[edit]

Menu continued his pace from the second free practice session to take pole position by 0.028s ahead of Huff. Muller and Coronel set benchmark times early on in Q2 but they had to settle for fourth and third respectively. Tiago Monteiro was tenth and looked to take pole position for race two.[5] After Tarquini was removed from qualifying for running an underweight car, James Nash moved up to take pole position for race two.[6][7]

Warm-Up[edit]

Yvan Muller was fastest in the Sunday morning warm up session with pole sitter Menu in fourth.[8]

Race One[edit]

The Chevrolet trio of Menu, Huff and Muller led away from the start while behind them, Oriola made a great getaway and got ahead of Coronel for fourth. Local driver Mehdi Bennani and James Nash collided at the first turn, forcing both to retire. There was a brief scare for Alex MacDowall when he missed the braking point at turn 5 in his bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze and collected the BMW of Coronel, both escaped any series damage and continued. The safety car was deployed while the stricken Ford of Nash was recovered with the race resuming on lap three. Isaac Tutumlu crashed his Proteam Racing into the wall at turn 4 and retired. On lap 5, Monteiro retired with gearbox problems in his SUNRED León. Menu led a Chevrolet 1-2-3 with Oriola the Yokohama Trophy winner in fourth. Chilton scored Ford's maiden points in the WTCC with a seventh-place finish.[9]

Race Two[edit]

Nash led away from pole position while Coronel jumped up from eighth on the grid to third behind Engstler at the first corner. Chilton collected the rear bumper of Monteiro and dropped back down the field. Nash had to defend well from the BMW of Engstler until the German was overtaken by the Chevrolets of Muller and Huff on lap 4. On the following lap the two leading Chevrolets demoted Nash to third, one lap further on Menu also overtook the 2011 British Touring Car Championship Independents' Champion to secure third. Nash succumbed to attacks from Coronel and Stefano D'Aste on lap 9, while his teammate Chilton retired with turbo problems. At the finish, Muller led another Chevrolet 1-2-3 in reverse of the order they finished race one, D'Aste was the winning independent in fourth place and pole sitter Nash eventually finished sixth. After the race, the stewards issued bamboo-engineering driver Pasquale di Sabatino with a 30-second penalty for repeatedly cutting the chicanes, this dropped him from 12th to 15th in the classification.[9]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2 Points
1 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:43.753 1:43.901 5
2 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:44.973 1:43.929 4
3 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 1:45.000 1:43.968 3
4 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1:44.482 1:44.201 2
5 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:44.919 1:44.498 1
6 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:45.281 1:44.544
7 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 1:44.638 1:44.681
8 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:45.125 1:44.822
9 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 1:44.966 1:44.870
10 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 1:45.137 1:44.982
11 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 1:45.178 1:51.464
12 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 1:45.378 DSQ
13 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:45.495 DNQ
14 12 Italy Pasquale di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 1:45.692 DNQ
15 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:45.707 DNQ
16 20 China Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 1:45.834 DNQ
17 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 1:45.965 DNQ
18 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 1:46.041 DNQ
19 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León TDi Y 1:46.562 DNQ
20 24 Spain Isaac Tutumlu Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 1:47.294 DNQ
21 40 Belgium Andrea Barlesi SUNRED Engineering SR León 1.6T Y 1:47.872 DNQ
4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 2:49.620 DNQ
  • Bold denotes Pole position for second race.

Race 1[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 12 22.28.931 1 25
2 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 12 +1.074 2 18
3 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 12 +1.554 4 15
4 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 12 +2.268 5 12
5 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 12 +5.713 11 10
6 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 12 +8.075 8 8
7 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 12 +9.290 7 6
8 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 12 +16.069 3 4
9 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 12 +17.696 13 2
10 20 China Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 12 +19.284 16 1
11 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 12 +26.413 12
12 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 12 +38.647 6
13 40 Belgium Andrea Barlesi SUNRED Engineering SR León 1.6T Y 12 +44.139 20
14 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León TDi Y 12 +48.598 18
15 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 12 +50.097 21
16 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 12 +50.377 22
17 12 Italy Pasquale di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 11 +1 Lap 14
NC 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 7 +5 Laps 9
Ret 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 6 Engine 17
Ret 24 Spain Isaac Tutumlu Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 2 Collision 19
Ret 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 2 Collision 15
Ret 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 0 Collision 10
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 11 19:36.836 7 25
2 2 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 11 +0.381 9 18
3 8 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 11 +0.970 10 15
4 15 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC 11 +2.153 8 12
5 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC Y 11 +2.641 11 10
6 14 United Kingdom James Nash Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 11 +5.052 1 8
7 74 Spain Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 11 +5.589 6 6
8 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 11 +5.610 3 4
9 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Tuenti Racing SR León 1.6T 11 +7.374 2 2
10 20 China Darryl O'Young Special Tuning Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 11 +12.861 15 1
11 4 Russia Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC Y 11 +13.587 21
12 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 11 +18.629 20
13 7 Hong Kong Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Y 11 +29.173 16
14 40 Belgium Andrea Barlesi SUNRED Engineering SR León 1.6T Y 11 +31.619 19
15 12 Italy Pasquale di Sabatino bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 11 +44.273 14
16 23 United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC 8 +3 Laps 4
Ret 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 5 Suspension 13
Ret 16 Italy Alberto Cerqui ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Y 2 Driveshaft 17
Ret 11 United Kingdom Alex MacDowall bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Y 0 Driveshaft 5
Ret 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Lukoil Racing SEAT León WTCC 0 Suspension 12
DNS 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT León TDi Y 0 Withdrew
DNS 24 Spain Isaac Tutumlu Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC Y 0 Collision damage 18
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hudson, Neil. "Fernando Monje to miss Morocco". TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Hudson, Neil. "Gábor Wéber will also miss Marrakech". TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Abbott, Andrew. "Tarquini sets the pace in FP1". TouringCars.net. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Abbott, Andrew. "Menu fastest in second practice". TouringCars.net. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Menu lands Morocco pole". Sky Sports. BSkyB. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Meissner, Johan. "Tarquini excluded from Marrakech qualifying [updated]". TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Meissner, Johan. "James Nash to start on pole position in race two". TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Meissner, Johan. "Yvan Muller on top in Marrakech warm up". TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "ROUNDS 5 & 6 – MARRAKECH, MOROCCO RACE REPORT" (PDF). World Touring Car Championship. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 

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