Flatout at Sebring – The 2013 Porsche IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge By Yokoham

Stefano Coletti has left Sepang as the early GP2 Series points leader after taking a win and a podium from the opening round of the season.

Coletti had led the majority of Saturday’s feature race before tyre problems dropped him to third in the closing stages, but the Monegasque driver bounced back in the sprint race, making a great start from sixth to lead the opening lap and the Rapax driver never lost the lead, holding off a charging Felipe Nasr in the closing stages to take the win.

Fabio Leimer’s win in the feature race leaves him in second place in the standings, 11 points behind Coletti, although he will be disappointed not to have left Malaysia as the points leader after a poor sprint race, which included a major excursion through the gravel, left him empty-handed.

It was also a sprint race to forget for James Calado, who…

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WTCC: Muller wins Race 1 and 2

Race 1: Mullers impressive ride and Huffs comeback

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Yvan Muller was starting from Pole ahead of his teammate Tom Chilton and Bamboo Engineering driver Alex MacDowall.

The two Lukoil Lada Grantas couldn’t start the race because Dudukalo crashed into the side of Thompsons Lada at Qualifying, the cars were to badly damaged.

Rob Huff started the race in 22nd because he had an odd collision with Fredy Barths BMW into the 2nd chicane. The WTCC champion of 2012 damaged his front suspension and had to retire.

The field started the race behind the safety car due the wet conditions.

Muller had a good start and held the lead until the end.

Teammate Chilton gave him some pressure from behind, but was never in the position to overtake him.

Even at the restart after the big crash from Stefano D’Aste, he didn’t managed to overtake him.

So Muller won ahead of Chilton and MacDowall, the two new Honda Civic S2000 were on 4th and 5th position.

Rob Huff had a incredible comeback and came from 22nd position on 6th position at the end.

Results Race 1:

1 12 Y. Muller Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 30:02.783 12
2 23 T. Chilton Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 0.923 12
3 9 A. MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 5.101 4.178 12
4 3 G. Tarquini Honda Civic 8.053 2.952 12
5 18 T. Monteiro Honda Civic 15.261 7.208 12
6 1 R. Huff SEAT Leon WTCC 17.349 2.088 12
7 14 J. Nash Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 19.964 2.615 12
8 5 N. Michelisz Honda Civic 20.338 0.374 12
9 15 T. Coronel BMW 320 TC 28.837 8.499 12
10 73 F. Barth BMW 320 TC 37.740 8.903 12
11 13 J. Dayraut BMW 320 TC 39.226 1.486 12
12 19 F. Monje SEAT Leon WTCC 41.656 2.430 12
13 55 D. O’Young BMW 320 TC 48.116 6.460 12
14 38 M. Basseng SEAT Leon WTCC 50.920 2.804 12
15 7 C. Ng BMW 320 TC 54.412 3.492 12
16 37 R. Münnich SEAT Leon WTCC 58.733 4.321 12
17 25 M. Bennani BMW 320 TC 2:05.913 1:07.180 12
18 22 T. Boardman SEAT Leon WTCC 2 Runden 10
19 6 F. Engstler BMW 320 TC 3 Runden 9
20 17 M. Nykjaer Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 3 Runden 9
DNF 74 P. Oriola SEAT Leon WTCC 8
DNF 26 S. D’Aste BMW 320 TC 3

Race 2: Mullers 2nd win and fantastic battle between Tarquini and Basseng

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Darrel O’Young was starting from Pole in his ROAL-BMW.

Tarquini was starting from 4th spot and had a incredible start to the race.

After only three corners he was overtaking O’Young for the lead.

But Muller made a great comeback from 6th position and overtoke Tarquini later for lead.

Than the battles began. Tarquini had fantastic battle with Nika Racing driver Michael Nykjaer, but the Chevrolet Cruze was way better than the Civic so Nykjaer overtoke him finally.

Tom Boardman lost his front suspension after he made contact with James Nash.

Boardman was standing in the middle of the track and brought out the safety car.

After the restart there was a battle for third between Tarquini and Basseng.

This battle continued until the last lap.

Basseng was fighting but it he was to late. Tarquini was just ahead of him at the finish line, that was great racing!!!

Muller won ahead of Nykjaer and Tarquini.

Results Race 2:

1 12 Y. Muller Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 23:27.254 10
2 17 M. Nykjaer Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2.482 10
3 3 G. Tarquini Honda Civic 4.994 2.512 10
4 38 M. Basseng SEAT Leon WTCC 5.081 0.087 10
5 23 T. Chilton Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 5.612 0.531 10
6 74 P. Oriola SEAT Leon WTCC 6.755 1.143 10
7 14 J. Nash Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 14.445 7.690 10
8 18 T. Monteiro Honda Civic 20.573 6.128 10
9 26 S. D’Aste BMW 320 TC 23.722 3.149 10
10 1 R. Huff SEAT Leon WTCC 25.442 1.720 10
11 15 T. Coronel BMW 320 TC 37.126 11.684 10
12 55 D. O’Young BMW 320 TC 41.394 4.268 10
13 6 F. Engstler BMW 320 TC 43.904 2.510 10
14 73 F. Barth BMW 320 TC 45.921 2.017 10
15 19 F. Monje SEAT Leon WTCC 50.678 4.757 10
16 22 T. Boardman SEAT Leon WTCC 53.591 2.913 10
17 7 C. Ng BMW 320 TC 59.157 5.566 10
18 13 J. Dayraut BMW 320 TC 66.537 7.380 10
19 25 M. Bennani BMW 320 TC 86.721 20.184 10
20 9 A. MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1 Runde 9
21 37 R. Münnich SEAT Leon WTCC 1 Runde 62.256 9
22 5 N. Michelisz Honda Civic 1 Runde 23.306 9

Overall: More action to come!!!

FIA WTCC Monza, Italy 23-24 March 2013

Fantastic start to the 9th season of the still young WTCC series.

Hope that Lada can start in Marakesch beacause they have very good pace.

Thompson was in the Top 10 for Qualifying, so the Granta is very quick, but i still think that the Lada Granta is a bit of an underdog. Honda could be a real challenger for RML-Chevrolet this year, this is going to be very exciting.

The next round is in Marakesch (Marocco) on the 7th of April.