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Portugal  2009 FIA WTCC Race of Portugal
Race details
Round 7 of 12 in the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season at Circuito da Boavista in Porto, Portugal.
Date July 5, 2009
Location Porto, Portugal
Course Circuito da Boavista
4.770 km
Distance 12 laps, 57.240 km
Distance R2 13 laps, 62.010 km
Weather Sunny
Pole Position
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Time 2:09.308
Race 1
First Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Second United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet
Third France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport
Time 2:11.154
Race 2
First Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Second France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport
Third Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport
Fastest Lap
Driver Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany
Time 2:11.045

The FIA WTCC Race of Portugal 2009 was the seventh round of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season. It was held on July 5, 2009 at the temporary Circuito da Boavista street course in Porto, Portugal.

Contents

Background

The second race of the day was the 100th World Touring Car Championship race since its reintroduction at Monza in 2005. It also saw the debut of the new Lada Priora, with former race-winner James Thompson behind the wheel for LADA Sport.[1] Diego Puyo made his series debut for SUNRED Engineering, after scoring more points than any other driver in the SEAT Leon Eurocup round at Brno.

Testing and Free Practice

Testing took place on Friday afternoon, with Augusto Farfus quickest in the half-hour session for BMW Team Germany. The first free practice session took place on the Saturday morning, with Farfus quickest again.[2] Chevrolet's Rob Huff was quickest in the second practice session shortly after midday.[3]

Qualifying

Qualifying took place on the Saturday afternoon. SEAT Sport's Yvan Muller was quickest in Qualifying 1, after which the fastest ten drivers go through to Qualifying 2. Gabriele Tarquini took pole position for SEAT Sport, with Huff second and Yvan Muller third. Tom Coronel was the fastest independent in Qualifying, starting from 12th.[4]

Warm Up

The fifteen-minute Sunday morning warm-up session took part on a wet track, with Rob Huff fastest.

Race 1

Race 1 started on a drying track at 11:34 local time. The red flag was brought out and the race was suspended at the end of the first lap for two separate incidents on the opening lap. As the leaders made their way away from the grid, the BMW of Sergio Hernandez and the Lada of Jaap van Lagen, who started 17th and 18th respectively tangled after the rolling start, pitching Hernandez in the concrete barrier. Hernandez was subsequently taken to hospital for checks on his ankle. Later on in the lap, Farfus collided with Alain Menu, spinning Menu into the wall. Nicola Larini tagged Tiago Monteiro as they tried to avoid the incident. The track became blocked as Mehdi Bennani ran into Menu's stationary Chevrolet Cruze.

After the restart Tarquini led Huff and Yvan Muller to victory. On the last lap, Andy Priaulx, running in fourth, and Jorg Muller, running seventh, slowed to allow BWW teammate Farfus (who had served a drive-through-penalty for the first lap incident with Menu) past them to allow him to finish eighth, securing one championship point and pole position for the second race.

Stefano D'Aste was the leading independent, finishing in tenth place. Tarquini recorded the fastest lap of the race.[5]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport 12 1:04:11.274 1 10
2 11 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet 12 +9.934 2 8
3 1 France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport 12 +7.848 3 6
4 5 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport 12 +8.472 6 5
5 14 Italy Nicola Larini Chevrolet 12 +15.790 8 4
6 4 Spain Jordi Gené SEAT Sport 12 +16.192 10 3
7 3 Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport 12 +16.640 9 2
8 8 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany 12 +16.975 7 1
9 6 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK 12 +17.791 4
10 6 IT Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport 12 +18.216 14
11 7 Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany 12 +19.149 12
12 9 Italy Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain 12 +19.442 12
13 21 IT Netherlands Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering 12 +33.010 13
14 23 IT Spain Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport 12 +42.995 15
15 22 IT United Kingdom Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering 12 +54.702 21
16 35 IT Spain Diego Puyo SUNRED Engineering 12 +54.931 23
17 26 IT Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler 12 +55.277 20
18 36 United Kingdom James Thompson LADA Sport 12 +55.742 24
19 19 Russia Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport 12 +1:11.995 22
20 25 IT Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler 11 + 1 Lap 19
NC 12 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet 4 + 8 Laps 5
Ret 18 Netherlands Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport 0 Accident 18
Ret 10 Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain 0 Accident 17
DSQ 30 IT Morocco Mehdi Bennani Exagon Engineering 16
  • Mehdi Bennani was excluded for receiving technical help from the marshals during the suspension of the race and later rejoining the race.[6]

Race 2

Race 2 started at 16:50 local time. The unusually large gap in time between the two races was to allow for TV broadcasters Eurosport to cover the Tour de France. On the third lap Rob Huff passed teammate Nicola Larini for sixth. Gabriele Tarquini tried to make a late move down the inside of Larini to follow Huff past but the two Italian veterans collided and both ended up in the tyre wall on the exit of the turn. As the field went on by, Mehdi Bennani ran wide and as he picked his way through the middle of the two stranded cars he rejoined the racing line in the path of fellow SEAT driver Tom Boardman. The safety car was deployed.

Farfus was still leading when the race was red-flagged following a crash involving Alain Menu and Franz Engstler on lap 10, which left Menu's car stranded in the middle of the narrow track. Farfus completed the two laps after the stoppage to win the 100th WTCC race ahead of four SEATs.

Stefano D'Aste was once again the independents’ winner and Farfus took the fastest lap.[7]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team Germany 13 47:48.304 1 10
2 1 France Yvan Muller SEAT Sport 13 +2.295 6 8
3 3 Sweden Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport 13 +2.180 2 6
4 4 Spain Jordi Gené SEAT Sport 13 +3.385 3 5
5 14 Portugal Tiago Monteiro SEAT Sport 13 +3.970 5 4
6 11 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet 13 +4.219 7 3
7 6 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK 13 +4.583 9 2
8 7 Germany Jörg Müller BMW Team Germany 13 +5.064 7 1
9 27 IT Italy Stefano D'Aste Wiechers-Sport 13 +6.428 10
10 9 Italy Alessandro Zanardi BMW Team Italy-Spain 13 +7.584 12
11 25 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Motorsport 13 +9.201 18
12 21 IT Netherlands Tom Coronel SUNRED Engineering 13 +13.290 13
13 23 IT Spain Félix Porteiro Scuderia Proteam Motorsport 13 +15.272 14
14 35 IT Spain Diego Puyo SUNRED Engineering 13 +17.706 15
15 36 United Kingdom James Thompson LADA Sport 13 +22.964 17
16 26 IT Denmark Kristian Poulsen Liqui Moly Team Engstler 13 +52.730 16
17 19 Russia Kirill Ladygin LADA Sport 12 + 1 LAP 23
18 12 Switzerland Alain Menu Chevrolet 9 + 4 LAPS 20
Ret 14 Italy Nicola Larini Chevrolet 5 4
Ret 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini SEAT Sport 2 Accident 8
Ret 30 IT Morocco Mehdi Bennani Exagon Engineering 2 Accident 21
Ret 22 IT United Kingdom Tom Boardman SUNRED Engineering 2 Accident 22
DNS 18 Netherlands Jaap van Lagen LADA Sport Accident Damage
DNS 10 Spain Sergio Hernández BMW Team Italy-Spain Accident Damage/Injury

Standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 France Yvan Muller 80
2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini 66
3 Brazil Augusto Farfus 65
4 Sweden Rickard Rydell 46
5 United Kingdom Robert Huff 43
Independents' Trophy standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Spain Félix Porteiro 135
2 Netherlands Tom Coronel 113
3 Germany Franz Engstler 100
4 Italy Stefano D'Aste 72
5 United Kingdom Tom Boardman 38
Manufacturers' Championship standings
Pos Manufacturer Points
1 Spain SEAT 191
2 Germany BMW 174
3 United States Chevrolet 121
4 Russia Lada 53
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of drivers' standings.

References

  1. ^ English, Steven (26 June 2009). "Lada to run one Priora at Porto". autosport.com (Haymarket Publishing). Archived from the original on 2009-07-25. http://www.webcitation.org/5iXn1LPXZ. Retrieved 13 July 2009.  
  2. ^ English, Steven (4 July 2009). "Farfus quickest in first practice at Porto". autosport.com (Haymarket Publishing). Archived from the original on 2009-07-25. http://www.webcitation.org/5iXn2jLBr. Retrieved 13 July 2009.  
  3. ^ English, Steven (4 July 2009). "Huff flies in final Porto practice". autosport.com (Haymarket Publishing). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/76693. Retrieved 13 July 2009.  
  4. ^ English, Steven (4 July 2009). "Tarquini claims pole at Porto". autosport.com (Haymarket Publishing). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/76695. Retrieved 13 July 2009.  
  5. ^ English, Steven (5 July 2009). "Tarquini eases to victory at Porto". autosport.com (Haymarket Publishing). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/76715. Retrieved 13 July 2009.  
  6. ^ http://www.fiawtcc.com/html/uploadedFiles/PDF/SD.7.200975164035.pdf Stewards Decision (Bennani exclusion) . Accessed 2009-07-13. Archived 2009-07-25.
  7. ^ English, Steven (5 July 2009). "Farfus wins hectic second race at Porto". autosport.com (Haymarket Publishing). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/76719. Retrieved 13 July 2009.  

External links

World Touring Car Championship
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2009 FIA WTCC Race of the Czech Republic
2009 World Touring Car Championship season Next race:
2009 FIA WTCC Race of UK
Previous race:
2008 FIA WTCC Race of Portugal
FIA WTCC Race of Portugal Next race:
2010 FIA WTCC Race of Portugal
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