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2009 FIA WTCC Race of Italy

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Italy 2009 FIA WTCC Race of Italy
Race details
Imola 2009.svg
Date20 September, 2009
LocationImola, Italy
CourseAutodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
4.909 kilometres (3.050 mi)
Race One
Laps 13
Pole position
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Time 1:55.530
Podium
First Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Second France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport
Third United Kingdom Rob Huff Chevrolet
Fastest Lap
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Time 1:57.580
Race Two
Laps 11
Podium
First France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport
Second Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Third Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet
Fastest Lap
Driver Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport
Time 1:57.458

The 2009 FIA WTCC Race of Italy (formally the 2009 FIA WTCC Stihl Race of Italy) was the tenth round of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season, and the fifth running of the FIA WTCC Race of Italy. It was held on 20 September 2009 at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari near Imola, in Italy. It was the first time the Race of Italy was held at the circuit, although it had previously held races in 2005 and 2008, under the Race of San Marino and Race of Europe titles respectively. The races were won by SEAT Sport drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Yvan Muller who both finished second to their teammate in the other races.

Background

Gabriele Tarquini arrived at his home race in Italy as the new championship leader, with a one-point lead over BMW Team Germany's Augusto Farfus. Previous series leader Yvan Muller was a further six points behind for SEAT.

There were 25 cars taking part at the event. Making his World Championship debut for Proteam was Fabio Fabiani, the reigning European Touring Car Cup champion in the Super Production class.[1] Returning to the series after limited races in 2005 was Andrea Larini, younger brother of Chevrolet driver Nicola, in the SUNRED-run SEAT León Eurocup prize car.[2]

James Thompson returned to the Lada Sport team, taking his Priora back off team principal Viktor Shapovalov, who stood in for Thompson in Germany due to commitments in V8 Supercar.[3] Also returning was Mehdi Bennani and the Exagon Engineering team after missing the previous two rounds.[3]

Report

Free Practice

Championship leader Tarquini was fastest in the first practice session, ahead of BMW Team Italy-Spain's Alessandro Zanardi and Yvan Muller. Independent's Trophy leader Tom Coronel was fourth fastest ahead of Farfus and Sergio Hernández.[4]

Jordi Gené was fastest in the second session for SEAT, ahead of teammate Rickard Rydell and BMW Team UK's Andy Priaulx. The session ended a couple of minutes early as the red flag was brought out after a collision between independent BMW drivers Stefano D'Aste and Fabio Fabiani, which left Fabiani stranded in the gravel.[5]

Qualifying

The first session decided which ten drivers would make it through to the second session. Tarquini was fastest as all five SEAT drivers made it through to Q2. Only two BMW's made it through, with Farfus and Priaulx joined by all three Chevrolet drivers. D'Aste was the fastest independent in 14th, one place ahead of Thompson's Lada.

The second session determined the starting positions of the top ten. The five SEATs followed each other round to gain a slipstreaming benefit. Tarquini was the fastest of the train, ahead of Yvan Muller and Rydell. Rob Huff was fourth fastest for Chevrolet, ahead of SEAT driver Tiago Monteiro and Farfus. Priaulx, Gené and Chevrolet's Nicola Larini were seventh, eighth and ninth. The third Chevrolet driver Alain Menu did not take part in Q2 after his car returned to the pits at the end of Q1 spewing out oil.[6] He was later given a ten-place grid penalty for an engine change.[7]

Race One

Tarquini led from the start of the race until the finish, although it was a busy race for those behind him. Several front-runners were taken out of contention on the opening lap at the first Tamburello chicane. Jordi Gené triggered the accident when he hit Rob Huff's Chevrolet under breaking. Huff lost control and made contact with Rickard Rydell, who then hit his SEAT teammate Gené and then Augusto Farfus. Jörg Müller and Tiago Monteiro also suffered damage in the incident. All except Monteiro were able to make it to the pits and return to the action later in the race. Tarquini led from Yvan Muller, Huff, and Alex Zanardi. Tom Coronel and James Thompson were able to make up a host of places after avoiding the carnage by running through the gravel at the chicane, and finished in fifth and sixth. A train formed behind Thompson's Lada, and Stefano D'Aste ran off the track after out-breaking himself trying to pass Thompson. He made contact with Alain Menu's Chevrolet on rejoining the circuit, tipping D'Aste into a spin. Elsewhere, Kristian Poulsen tapped Jaap van Lagen into a spin, which resulted in van Lagen's Lada hitting a tyre wall and then flipping through the gravel trap, which brought out the safety car. Poulsen was then hit by teammate and team owner Franz Engstler. Andy Priaulx lost out in the fight for the eighth place, going off the circuit twice before eventually finishing fifteenth. Guest driver Andrea Larini was black-flagged for not wearing fire-proof underwear.[8]

Race Two

Yvan Muller ended a run of poor results in race two by winning ahead of SEAT Sport teammate Tarquini. Muller had started seventh but he was able to pass race leader Menu on the third lap and led the rest of the way. Tarquini made contact with the Chevrolet car of Huff but remained on the tail of Muller. Tarquini fought for the lead but bumped into the back of Muller in trying to do so. Down the field, SEAT driver Gené attempted a pass on Hernández but misjudged it and spun the BMW. Fellow SEAT driver Monteiro also clipped another car, this time the SUNRED Engineering car of Tom Boardman. Monteiro went off the track as a consequence, cutting the corner at Rivazza and almost hitting Boardman as he rejoined the track. At the end Yvan Muller was first ahead of Tarquini and Menu while Thompson finished sixth in the Lada. Farfus was the final points scorer while D'Aste was the independents' trophy winner.[9]

Results

Qualifying

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2
1 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:56.139 1:55.320
2 1 France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:55.840 1:55.726
3 3 Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:55.847 1:55.891
4 11 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:56.610 1:56.044
5 5 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:56.189 1:56.252
6 8 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 1:56.393 1:56.257
7 6 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 1:56.873 1:56.283
8 4 Spain Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 1:56.392 1:56.418
9 14 Italy Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:56.704 1:56.522
10 12 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 1:56.972 no time set
11 10 Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 1:57.026
12 7 Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 1:57.121
13 9 Italy Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 1:57.208
14 27 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 1:57.306
15 36 United Kingdom James Thompson Lada Sport Lada Priora 1:57.331
16 23 Spain Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 1:57.419
17 21 Netherlands Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:57.472
18 30 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Exagon Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:57.787
19 26 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:57.962
20 25 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 1:58.029
21 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:58.170
22 18 Netherlands Jaap van Lagen Lada Sport Lada Priora 1:58.388
23 19 Russia Kirill Ladygin Lada Sport Lada Priora 1:58.990
24 45 Italy Andrea Larini SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 1:59.056
25 46 Italy Fabio Fabiani Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 2:02.619

Race 1

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 29:31.701 1 10
2 1 France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 13 +0.409 2 8
3 11 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +0.842 4 6
4 9 Italy Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 13 +1.457 12 5
5 21 Netherlands Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 13 +3.501 16 4
6 36 United Kingdom James Thompson Lada Sport Lada Priora 13 +5.620 14 3
7 10 Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 13 +6.002 10 2
8 12 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 13 +6.390 20 1
9 23 Spain Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 13 +10.004 15
10 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 13 +10.346 21
11 25 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 13 +10.819 19
12 27 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 13 +11.793 13
13 30 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Exagon Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 13 +12.329 17
14 19 Russia Kirill Ladygin Lada Sport Lada Priora 13 +13.424 23
15 6 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 13 +13.766 7
16 26 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 13 +15.321 18
17 46 Italy Fabio Fabiani Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 13 +22.432 25
Ret 18 Netherlands Jaap van Lagen Lada Sport Lada Priora 8 Race incident 22
Ret 4 Spain Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 7 Race incident 8
Ret 7 Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 5 Race incident 11
Ret 3 Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 5 Race incident 3
Ret 8 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 4 Race incident 6
Ret 14 Italy Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 3 Race incident 9
Ret 5 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 0 Race incident 5
DSQ 45 Italy Andrea Larini SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 7 Disqualified 24
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 11 21:51.680 7 10
2 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 11 +0.312 8 8
3 12 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 11 +4.008 1 6
4 9 Italy Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 11 +4.467 5 5
5 4 Spain Jordi Gené SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 11 +5.632 19 4
6 36 United Kingdom James Thompson Lada Sport Lada Priora 11 +7.190 3 3
7 3 Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 11 +7.612 21 2
8 8 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 11 +8.327 22 1
9 6 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK BMW 320si 11 +8.827 15
10 27 Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si Y 11 +9.499 12
11 10 Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si 11 +12.380 2
12 23 Spain Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 11 +12.902 9
13 25 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 11 +13.390 11
14 21 Netherlands Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 11 +13.933 4
15 7 Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany BMW 320si 11 +14.351 20
16 14 Italy Nicola Larini Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 11 +15.582 25
17 11 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT 11 +19.759 6
18 22 United Kingdom Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 11 +30.537 10
19 26 Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si Y 11 +32.926 24
20 19 Russia Kirill Ladygin Lada Sport Lada Priora 11 +37.197 14
21 45 Italy Andrea Larini SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 11 +37.198 18
22 46 Italy Fabio Fabiani Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si Y 11 +1:24.989 16
23 5 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI 8 +3 Laps 23
Ret 30 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Exagon Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TFSI Y 6 Race incident 13
DNS 18 Netherlands Jaap van Lagen Lada Sport Lada Priora 0 Did not start 17
  • Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Standings after the race

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

References

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  5. ^ "Practice 2 - Jordi Gené on top". FIA World Touring Car Championship. 2009-09-19. Archived from the original on 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2009-09-19. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  7. ^ Meissner, Johann (2009-09-20). "Grid penalty for Alain Menu". TouringCarTimes. Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  9. ^ English, Steven (20 September 2009). "Yvan Muller wins Imola race two". Autosport. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 28 January 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links

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