2014 FIA WTCC Race of Argentina

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Argentina 2014 FIA WTCC Race of Argentina
Race details
Termas de Río Hondo.svg
Date3 August, 2014
LocationTermas de Río Hondo, Argentina
CourseAutódromo Termas de Río Hondo
4.806 kilometres (2.986 mi)
Race One
Laps 13
Pole position
Driver Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC
Time 1:43.766
Podium
First Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC
Second Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport
Third France Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC
Fastest Lap
Driver Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC
Time 1:46.456
Race Two
Laps 13
Podium
First Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC
Second United Kingdom Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport
Third France Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC
Fastest Lap
Driver Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC
Time 1:45.926

The 2014 FIA WTCC Race of Argentina was the eighth round of the 2014 World Touring Car Championship season and the second running of the FIA WTCC Race of Argentina. It was held on 3 August 2014 at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo in Termas de Río Hondo, Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina.

Both races were won by José María López driving for Citroën Total WTCC.

Background[edit]

José María López led the drivers' championship coming into his home round, thirty–nine points ahead of teammate Yvan Muller. Franz Engstler held the lead of the Yokohama Trophy.

Camilo Echevarría joined Liqui Moly Team Engstler on a one–off basis, replacing Pasquale Di Sabatino.[1] Citroën Total WTCC reverted to three cars with Ma Qing Hua missing the Argentine round.

When the compensation weights were revised after the previous round; the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC retained the maximum ballast to keep their weight at 1,160 kilograms (2,557 lb). The Honda Civic WTCCs retained 20 kilograms (44 lb) of ballast to weigh–in at 1,120 kilograms (2,469 lb) and the Lada Granta 1.6Ts remained at the base weight of 1,100 kilograms (2,425 lb). The Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1s gained 20 kilograms (44 lb) to increase their weight to 1,140 kilograms (2,513 lb).[2]

Report[edit]

Testing and free practice[edit]

López was quickest in Friday testing ahead of Muller and the Honda of Gabriele Tarquini.[3]

López stayed on top in free practice one on Saturday. Sébastien Loeb was second with Mehdi Bennani third in the Proteam Racing Honda.[4]

Muller was fastest in the final practice session, morning pacesetter López was second ahead of ROAL Motorsport's Tom Chilton.[5]

Qualifying[edit]

The first part of qualifying saw Norbert Michelisz top the times, while Belgium race two pole sitter Gianni Morbidelli did not make it through to the second part of qualifying and lined up 15th for the races.

López was quickest in the second part of qualifying; his Citroën teammates Muller and Loeb also made it through to the final part of qualifying along with Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro. Robert Huff secured pole on the race two reversed grid in his Lada.

At the end of qualifying López claimed pole position at his home race with Muller and Loeb once again making it a Citroën 1–2–3.[6]

Race One[edit]

Michelisz and Monteiro moved up into second place and third at the start while López retained the lead. At the end of the back straight Muller and Loeb were able to repass Monteiro; Monteiro took back fourth from Loeb before Loeb nudged his way back into the position. On lap five Dušan Borković dropped from 11th to 13th having been passed by James Thompson and Morbidelli while his teammate Hugo Valente pitted with cooling problems. On lap eight Borković suffered a left rear puncture and returned to the pits for repairs. Thompson had been on the tail of Tom Coronel for the final laps and took tenth at the final corner to score his first championship point since the Race of France, the second round of the season. Lopez took victory with Michelisz holding off Muller for second, while Franz Engstler was the winner of the TC2 class.[7]

Race Two[edit]

Huff got away from pole into the lead, Mehdi Bennani jumped up to second place while Valente dropped to fifth and got a light tap from Tarquini at the start. Muller ran wide on the first lap allowing Michelisz and López to get alongside and pass him, dropping him down to ninth. On the second lap López was on the tail of Tom Chilton for fifth place as Chilton was trying to pass Valente. The Campos Racing Chevrolet delayed López's attempt to pass Chilton. On lap five Bennani started to drop down the order as Tarquini, Monteiro and Chilton passed him followed closely by Muller and López who had finally passed Chilton. On lap six López moved up into third with the benefit of good straight line speed on the back straight. Muller was now engaged in a close battle with Chilton who was holding on to fifth place despite Muller nearly completing the moves on the a number of occasions. Morbidelli was issued with a drive–through penalty on lap six for an earlier collision with Thompson which sent the Lada driver into a half spin. López was now in second place and closing in on Huff who had led from the start. Muller had passed Chilton by lap eight and Loeb was next to try to get by the ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet. The two collided sending Chilton off onto the grass at turn 11; Chilton pulled off the circuit on lap ten and retired. On lap nine López took the lead from Huff at the end of the back straight with superior straight line speed and claimed his second win of the day. Huff was second to take Lada's first podium finish in the World Touring Car Championship ahead of Muller in third and Franz Engstler was the victor in the TC2 class once again.[8]

After the race, Borković was excluded from the results when his car was found to be underweight in parc fermé. Echevarría was dropped one place for a controversial overtake on John Filippi.[9]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2 Q3 Points
1 37 Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 1:44.795 1:43.813 1:43.766 5
2 1 France Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 1:44.962 1:44.194 1:44.194 4
3 9 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 1:45.216 1:44.128 1:44.310 3
4 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC TC1 1:44.696 1:44.474 1:44.408 2
5 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 1:45.126 1:44.763 1:45.174 1
6 3 United Kingdom Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:45.208 1:44.821
7 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 1:45.150 1:45.263
8 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC TC1 1:45.203 1:45.389
9 7 France Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:45.843 1:45.542
10 12 United Kingdom Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 1:45.739 1:45.572
11 4 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:45.610 1:45.696
12 77 Germany René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:45.348 1:45.830
13 11 United Kingdom James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 1:45.964
14 98 Serbia Dušan Borković Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:46.037
15 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:46.068
16 14 Russia Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 1:46.622
17 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 1:50.499
18 27 France John Filippi Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 1:51.722
19 15 Argentina Camilo Echevarría Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 1:55.658
  • Bold denotes Pole position for second race.

Race 1[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 37 Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 13 23:10.174 1 25
2 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC TC1 13 +2.526 4 18
3 1 France Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 13 +3.271 2 15
4 9 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 13 +7.613 3 12
5 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 13 +8.871 5 10
6 3 United Kingdom Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 13 +9.508 6 8
7 12 United Kingdom Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 13 +13.893 10 6
8 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 13 +14.494 7 4
9 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC TC1 13 +17.929 8 2
10 11 United Kingdom James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 13 +25.133 13 1
11 4 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 13 +25.272 11
12 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 13 +26.707 15
13 77 Germany René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 13 +27.483 12
14 14 Russia Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 13 +29.031 16
15 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 13 +1:18.140 17
16 27 France John Filippi Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 13 +1:26.442 18
17 15 Argentina Camilo Echevarría Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 12 +1 Lap 19
Ret 98 Serbia Dušan Borković Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 8 Puncture 14
Ret 7 France Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 7 Cooling 9

Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 37 Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 13 23:16.716 10 25
2 12 United Kingdom Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 13 +1.863 1 18
3 1 France Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 13 +2.896 9 15
4 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 13 +5.311 4 12
5 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 13 +5.893 6 10
6 9 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 13 +6.523 8 8
7 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC TC1 13 +6.978 7 6
8 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC TC1 13 +16.464 3 4
9 11 United Kingdom James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 13 +16.810 13 2
10 4 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 13 +22.790 11 1
11 14 Russia Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 13 +23.683 16
12 77 Germany René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 13 +29.022 12
13 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 13 +38.501 15
14 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 13 +1:06.948 17
15 27 France John Filippi Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 12 +1 Lap 18
16 15 Argentina Camilo Echevarría Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 13 +1:18.4201 19
Ret 3 United Kingdom Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 5 Race incident 5
Ret 7 France Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 5 Retired 2
EX 98 Serbia Dušan Borković Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 13 Excluded 14

Bold denotes Fastest lap.

^1  — Echevarría received a one–place penalty after the race.

Standings after the event[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ECHEVARRÍA JOINS FOR HOME RACES". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 29 July 2014. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  2. ^ Meissner, Johan (14 July 2014). "Chevrolet gain 20 kilos for Argentina". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  3. ^ "LÓPEZ FASTEST IN ARGENTINE TEST". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 1 August 2014. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  4. ^ "PRACTICE 1 – LÓPEZ TOPS TIMES ONCE AGAIN". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 2 August 2014. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  5. ^ Hudson, Neil (2 August 2014). "Yvan Muller leads Citroën 1–2 in second Argentina practice". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  6. ^ Mills, Peter (2 August 2014). "Termas de Rio Hondo WTCC: Jose Maria Lopez claims home pole". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  7. ^ Hudson, Neil (3 August 2014). "José María López leads from lights-to-flag in Argentina". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  8. ^ Abbott, Andrew (3 August 2014). "López doubles up as LADA take first podium". Touring-Cars.net. Andrew Abbott. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  9. ^ Hudson, Neil (3 August 2014). "Borkovic excluded, Echevarría demoted and Citroën and Lada fined". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 5 August 2014.

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