2014 FIA WTCC Race of Russia

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Russia 2014 FIA WTCC Race of Russia
Race details
Moscow Raceway FIM.svg
Date8 June, 2014
LocationVolokolamsk, Russia
CourseMoscow Raceway
3.931 kilometres (2.443 mi)
Race One
Laps 16
Pole position
Driver Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC
Time 1:38.651
Podium
First Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC
Second Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda Team
Third France Sébastien Loeb Citroën Total WTCC
Fastest Lap
Driver Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC
Time 1:40.148
Race Two
Laps 16
Podium
First China Ma Qing Hua Citroën Total WTCC
Second France Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC
Third Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing
Fastest Lap
Driver France Hugo Valente Campos Racing
Time 1:40.742

The 2014 FIA WTCC Race of Russia (formally the 2014 FIA WTCC Lukoil Race of Russia) was the sixth round of the 2014 World Touring Car Championship season and the second running of the FIA WTCC Race of Russia. It was held on June 8, 2014 at the Moscow Raceway in Volokolamsk, Russia.

Both races were won by Citroën Total WTCC. José María López won race one and Ma Qing Hua won race two. Ma's victory in race two was the first for a Chinese driver in a FIA World Championship race.[1]

Background[edit]

López continued to lead the drivers' championship after the first five rounds, forty–one points ahead of his teammates and defending champion Yvan Muller. Franz Engstler held the lead of the Yokohama Trophy.

Citroën Total WTCC expanded to four cars for the Russian round with Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua joining the team.[2] Campos Racing added a second TC2T SEAT for WTCC débutant Nikita Misiulia.[3]

The compensation weights were changed 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 and Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1s both gained 20 kilograms (44 lb) of ballast to increase their weight to 1,120 kilograms (2,469 lb). The Lada Granta 1.6Ts remained at the base weight of 1,100 kilograms (2,425 lb).[4]

Report[edit]

Free practice[edit]

Muller was fastest in the first practice session, Gabriele Tarquini was second for the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team and Tom Coronel was third in the ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet.[5]

Muller stayed on top in the second practice session, Tarquini was second once again while Hugo Valente was third quickest in the Campos Racing Chevrolet.[6]

Qualifying[edit]

Tarquini set the pace in the first part of qualifying with his teammate Tiago Monteiro second. Coronel just missed out on a place in Q2, ending the session five–hundredths of a second down on Dušan Borković. Robert Huff was the best placed of the Lada drivers in 14th while Gianni Morbidelli was 17th after running wide at turn six and damaging his front splitter. TC2 cars filled the last four positions with Franz Engstler claiming pole position and Misiulia taking the final grid slot.

López led the second part of qualifying ahead of Tarquini, Sébastien Loeb, Tom Chilton and Monteiro. Muller failed to get through to the third session after experiencing oversteer in his Citroën C-Elysée WTCC. Valente ended the session tenth to claim pole position for race two with Ma Qing Hua sharing the front row. Honda privateers Norbert Michelisz and Mehdi Bennani would start race two from the second row.

López went on to claim pole position in the Q3 shootout, Tarquini and Monteiro finished second and third ahead of Loeb and Chilton.[7]

Race One[edit]

Tarquini charged up the inside of López at the start but the Citroën driver hung on around the outside to retain the lead. On the first lap Muller began his recovery from a bad qualifying by taking Chilton for fifth place while his teammate Loeb moved up to third at the expense of Monteiro. At the end of the second lap Borković tried a pass up the inside of Valente at the final corner and collided with the rear of his teammate, putting both drivers out of the race on the spot. The race was run under yellow flags in the final sector for the next two laps while the stricken Chevrolets were removed from the outside of the final corner. Once the yellow flags cleared Chilton retook fifth place off Muller on the pit straight after Muller ran wide at the last corner. Another driver making up after a poor qualifying was Coronel and by lap six he was hassling Michelisz for eighth place before passing him at the last corner on lap eight. In the TC2 class Misiulia passed John Filippi to move up to third in class, he held this position briefly before going off at the final corner on lap nine and putting his SEAT into the tyre barriers. In the final laps of the race there were two battles developing in the top five; Loeb was pursuing Tarquini for second while Muller was chasing Chilton's fourth place. It was on the final lap that Muller completed the pass at the first corner on Chilton by first trying to go around the outside of the Chevrolet and then switching to the inside. López had built up a lead of 3.1 seconds at the finish line and took victory with Tarquini holding off Loeb for second place.[8]

Race Two[edit]

Campos Racing hurried to repair the car of pole sitter Valente during the fifteen minutes of repair time and got the car out three seconds before the pit lane closed. His teammate Borković did not get out in time and started the race from the pitlane. Valente started on pole and Michelisz jumped up ahead of Ma, López failed to get away and was sat on the grid as the rest of the field disappeared around the first corner. There was contact as Muller got turned around the front of Bennani as Loeb and Chilton ran wide to avoid the incident. There was contact between Mikhail Kozlovskiy and James Thompson further back while at the start of the second lap Michelisz was defending from Ma who was looking to take back second place. Race leader Valente was issued with a drive–through penalty for not having his wheel fitted at the five-minute warning before the start of the race; the battle between Michelisz and Ma would now become the battle for the lead. On lap three Loeb lost two places to Coronel and Morbidelli, up ahead Ma and Michelisz continued to battle for the lead with Ma trying a pass on Michelisz on the last corner on lap three and four. Chilton ran wide on lap five and then was tapped from behind by Morbidelli, the two incidents dropped him from fourth to outside the points in eleventh. Lap six saw Muller moving up the order and taking the Hondas of Bennani and Monteiro in one move in the opening part of the lap. Valente went into the pit lane to serve his penalty on lap seven as Ma took the lead of the race from Michelisz. Tarquini went off the circuit and after a brief delay resumed near the back of the field before returning his car to the pits to retire. At the end of lap eight Muller moved up to second with a pass on Michelisz who now had his rear bumper hanging off. On lap 12 the second factory Honda of Monteiro slowed down with technical problems which moved René Münnich up into the final points place. Ma and Muller had built up a gap of six seconds to Michelisz in third who was holding off Bennani, Coronel, Loeb and Chilton. Michelisz lost the back of his car on lap 15 and dropped behind Bennani and Coronel and into the clutches of Loeb at the start of the last lap who was himself under attack from Chilton. Despite slowing down at the finish line Ma secured his first WTCC victory ahead of Muller. Bennani took the final podium place with Coronel fourth and Loeb took fifth from Michelisz with a tap on a rear of the Zengő Motorsport Honda at the last corner.[1]

Following a collision with Chilton during the race, Monteiro was given a five–place grid penalty for the first race in Belgium.[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 1:39.560 1:38.832 1:38.651 5
2 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 1:38.754 1:38.872 1:38.877 4
3 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 1:39.426 1:39.423 1:39.166 3
4 9 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 1:40.118 1:39.111 1:39.580 2
5 3 United Kingdom Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:39.443 1:39.419 1:39.698 1
6 1 France Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 1:39.953 1:39.575
7 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC TC1 1:40.028 1:39.715
8 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC TC1 1:39.848 1:40.001
9 33 China Ma Qing Hua Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 1:40.280 1:40.092
10 7 France Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:39.914 1:40.312
11 77 Germany René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:40.240 1:40.368
12 98 Serbia Dušan Borković Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:40.288 no time set
13 4 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:40.327
14 12 United Kingdom Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 1:40.639
15 14 Russia Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 1:40.653
16 11 United Kingdom James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 1:40.655
17 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:42.091
18 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 1:44.011
19 8 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 1:44.229
20 27 France John Filippi Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 1:46.467
21 50 Russia Nikita Misiulia Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 1:46.498
  • 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 16 27:05.120 1 25
2 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 16 +3.170 2 18
3 9 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 16 +3.425 4 15
4 1 France Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 16 +5.902 6 12
5 3 United Kingdom Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 16 +6.816 5 10
6 33 China Ma Qing Hua Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 16 +7.505 9 8
7 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 16 +13.099 3 6
8 4 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 16 +15.061 13 4
9 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC TC1 16 +24.766 8 2
10 12 United Kingdom Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 16 +27.754 14 1
11 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC TC1 16 +28.067 7
12 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 16 +28.579 17
13 77 Germany René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 16 +29.323 11
14 11 United Kingdom James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 16 +35.188 16
15 14 Russia Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 16 +38.472 15
16 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 16 +1:12.432 18
17 8 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 16 +1:24.023 19
18 27 France John Filippi Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 16 +1:37.942 20
Ret 50 Russia Nikita Misiulia Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 7 Race incident 21
Ret 7 France Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1 Race incident 10
Ret 98 Serbia Dušan Borković Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1 Race incident 12

Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2[edit]

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 33 China Ma Qing Hua Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 16 27:11.310 2 25
2 1 France Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 16 +1.261 5 18
3 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC TC1 16 +12.252 4 15
4 4 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 16 +12.424 13 12
5 9 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 16 +14.725 7 10
6 3 United Kingdom Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 16 +14.890 6 8
7 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC TC1 16 +15.118 3 6
8 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 16 +19.894 17 4
9 7 France Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 16 +20.157 1 2
10 77 Germany René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 16 +20.984 11 1
11 98 Serbia Dušan Borković Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 16 +26.813 121
12 11 United Kingdom James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 16 +31.686 16
13 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 16 +1:03.478 18
14 8 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 16 +1:15.843 19
15 27 France John Filippi Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 16 +1:27.553 20
16 50 Russia Nikita Misiulia Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 16 +1:35.889 21
Ret 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 11 Electrical 8
Ret 12 United Kingdom Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 10 Technical 14
Ret 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 7 Steering 9
Ret 14 Russia Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 0 Race incident 15
Ret 37 Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 0 Gearbox 10

Bold denotes Fastest lap.

^1  — Borković started from the pit lane.

Standings after the event[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "RACE 2 – MA WRITES MOTORSPORT HISTORY". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 8 June 2014. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Citroën expands to four cars for Moscow Raceway". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  3. ^ Ravaioli, Fabio (29 May 2014). "ENTRY LIST" (PDF). World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  4. ^ "20 EXTRA KILOS FOR HONDA AND CHEVY". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 29 May 2014. Archived from the original on 4 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  5. ^ "PRACTICE 1 – EIGHT CARS COVERED BY SIX TENTHS". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 7 June 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  6. ^ "PRACTICE 2 – MULLER AND TARQUINI STAY ON TOP". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 7 June 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  7. ^ Mills, Peter (7 June 2014). "Moscow WTCC: Jose Maria Lopez secures third pole of 2014". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  8. ^ Mills, Peter (8 June 2014). "Moscow WTCC: Jose Maria Lopez in control in race one". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  9. ^ "MONTEIRO IS GIVEN GRID PENALTY". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 8 June 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.

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