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WTCC: Underdogs Nykjaer and Oriola won in Marrakesch

Race 1: Nykjaer with his very first win of his career

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Gabrielle Tarquini was standing on Pole ahead of Nash and Muller.

Tarquini made a good start and could stay in the front, but Nykjaer had the best start and overtoke Nash after Turn 2 for 2nd Position. Bennani got spun by Engstler at Turn 2.

Nykjaer and Nash were following Tarquini closely for the lead.

Meanwhile Chilton had problems with his car and had to retire from Race 1.

But then Tarquini’s teammate Tiago Monteiro was hitting the Marrakesch wall for the 2nd time this weekend.

He caused the Safety Car.

Tarquini meanwhile lost the lead to Nykjaer due a mistake from him on the final chicane.

After the Safety Car period, Nykjaer was leading the race till the end and won his first WTCC race.

2nd was Tarquini ahead of Nash,  4th was Muller, Thompson got his Lada on 10th.

1 17 M. Nykjaer Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 28:51.561 13
2 3 G. Tarquini Honda Civic 0.566 13
3 14 J. Nash Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1.612 1.046 13
4 12 Y. Muller Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2.224 0.612 13
5 1 R. Huff SEAT Leon WTCC 2.248 0.024 13
6 9 A. MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2.476 0.228 13
7 38 M. Basseng SEAT Leon WTCC 3.201 0.725 13
8 74 P. Oriola SEAT Leon WTCC 3.565 0.364 13
9 15 T. Coronel BMW 320 TC 5.270 1.705 13
10 10 J. Thompson Lada Granta 5.881 0.611 13
11 19 F. Monje SEAT Leon WTCC 7.078 1.197 13
12 55 D. O’Young BMW 320 TC 7.879 0.801 13
13 73 F. Barth BMW 320 TC 8.485 0.606 13
14 7 C. Ng BMW 320 TC 9.298 0.813 13
15 37 R. Münnich SEAT Leon WTCC 14.192 4.894 13
16 8 M. Koslowskii Lada Granta 15.333 1.141 13
17 6 F. Engstler BMW 320 TC 33.246 17.913 13
18 25 M. Bennani BMW 320 TC 1 Runde 12
DNF 18 T. Monteiro Honda Civic 5
DNF 5 N. Michelisz Honda Civic 5
DNF 23 T. Chilton Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 5
DNF 26 S. D’Aste BMW 320 TC 1

 

Race 2: Oriola makes the drive of the weekend

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Fernando Monje was on Pole ahead of Oriola and Basseng. Monje was having a good start to the race, but he lost the lead after Turn 4 to Oriola.

Huff had a great start to the race and was on a overtake on Monje for 2nd, but he braked to late, made contact and destroyed his suspension, he had to retire.

Monje was falling down the oder and was passed by Thompsons Lada.

Monje was so aggressive that he braked 50 metres later than “Thomo” and smashed the back of the Lada.

“Thomo” was not very pleased.

Oriola meanwhile tried everything to keep his lead against Muller and Chilton who gave big pressure to him.

Chilton tried even a pass on his teammate Muller, but it failed and he lost time.

The field was close together for many laps.

But then Tarquini crashed on the final chicane, the same chicane were Monteiro crashed in Quali.

The Safety Car was out and at this moment there were only 3 laps to go.

Everybody thought that the race will end under the SC, but the SC came in before the last lap.

So it was a showdown between Oriola and Muller. But Oriola kept it cool and won his first WTCC race of his career.

2nd Muller, 3rd Chilton.

1 74 P. Oriola SEAT Leon WTCC 28:08.751 13
2 12 Y. Muller Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 0.430 13
3 23 T. Chilton Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 0.677 0.247 13
4 14 J. Nash Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 0.948 0.271 13
5 38 M. Basseng SEAT Leon WTCC 1.808 0.860 13
6 15 T. Coronel BMW 320 TC 2.028 0.220 13
7 17 M. Nykjaer Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2.326 0.298 13
8 6 F. Engstler BMW 320 TC 4.377 2.051 13
9 55 D. O’Young BMW 320 TC 4.889 0.512 13
10 7 C. Ng BMW 320 TC 6.273 1.384 13
11 25 M. Bennani BMW 320 TC 6.349 0.076 13
12 73 F. Barth BMW 320 TC 6.385 0.036 13
13 8 M. Koslowskii Lada Granta 7.037 0.652 13
14 26 S. D’Aste BMW 320 TC 7.698 0.661 13
15 5 N. Michelisz Honda Civic 4 Runden 9
DNF 3 G. Tarquini Honda Civic 7
DNF 9 A. MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 7
DNF 37 R. Münnich SEAT Leon WTCC 3
DNF 1 R. Huff SEAT Leon WTCC 1
DNF 10 J. Thompson Lada Granta 1
DNF 19 F. Monje SEAT Leon WTCC 1

 

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.

Monje and Valente driving for Campos

Fernando Monje and Hugo Valente are driving for the new spanish WTCC team Campos in 2013.

The team from Ex F1 driver Adrian Campos is using two Seat Leon’s.

Monje will drive a full season, Valente will make his WTCC debut in Budapest.

Monje drove already some WTCC races in 2012 with Pepe Oriola in the Tuenti team after his ETCC title.

Münnich Motorsport in the WTCC

Münnich Motorsport will start in the WTCC with three Seat Leons. Marc Basseng, team owner Rene Münnich and former F1, DTM and GT1 driver Markus Winkelhock will drive a complete WTCC season. Münnich Motorsport started as ALL-INKL.com Racing in the GT1 WM (now GT-Sprint series) last year with a Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, they won the championship in 2012.