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WTCC 2013 Slovakia Race 1 & 2

WTCC: Underdogs Nykjaer and Oriola won in Marrakesch

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


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


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


Heikki Kovaleinen considering WRC for 2013

Heikki Kovalainen considering to do what Kimi Raikkonen did four years ago if he doesn’t find a drive in Formula One next season i.e participating in the World Rally Championship.

Image source: motorsport.com

His chances of remaining on the Formula One grid in 2013 looking to be slim, the Finn doesn’t rule out a change to other form of motorsport next season.

“There’s not much outside of Formula One that interests me,” he said, “but rallying is one of those things. Sometimes I think it’s a bit surprising that I didn’t become a rally driver earlier in life; I had lots of opportunities when I was growing up to drive on forest tracks, like most kids in Finland, but then I discovered racing circuits! Next year we’ll see what happens: there’s life outside Formula One as well.”

Kimi Raikkonen spent two seasons in the FIA World Rally Championship between 2010 and 2011 during a sabbatical from grand prix racing. He bagged several top 10 finishes and a fastest stage time in Germany along the way.

If Heikki Kovalainen did make the move to rallying and the WRC in particular then he would be in good company with several Finnish drivers in regular action in the global series, including works Citroen pilot Mikko Hirvonen and factory Volkswagen runner Jari-Matti Latvala.

Heikki Kovalainen is one of the few people to have defeated Sebastien Loeb in an identical rally car: the two went head-to-head in the Champion of Champions final at the 2004 Race of Champions, with Kovalainen beating Loeb in a Peugeot 307 WRC – despite never having sat in the car before. He consequently became the first non-rally driver to win the Henri Toivonen Memorial Trophy.

Lotus owner Lopez has ‘desire’ to keep Romain Grosjean

Despite looking safe to keep his seat for 2013, Lotus is making Romain Grosjean wait.


The team rates the Frenchman’s raw speed very highly, but he has had a tumultuous season.

The final chapter was in Brazil, where he crashed both in qualifying and the race.

“At the moment we are having a few days or a few weeks of consideration,” team boss Eric Boullier is quoted by RMC Sport.

“This season, there were not terrible things and not great things. But we’re not going to bury the kid, he did three podiums.”

And team owner Genii’s Gerard Lopez told Speed Week: “The chance that he races with us in 2013 is great.”

Grosjean, 26, admitted in Brazil that after the ups and downs of his return to F1 this year, he is exhausted.

“It is time to stop and take two months off,” he said. “I hope I’ll be there next year.”

Lopez told L’Equipe: “Romain is one of the fastest drivers in F1.

“He understands the car, he can get the most from it, but he has not done everything we asked of him, especially in terms of consistency.

“But the kind of speed he has does not grow on trees.

“The reason he is not yet confirmed for 2013 is because we have not yet had time to sit down and discuss it together with the engineers. Then we’ll see.

“My desire is to see Romain in the car, but it depends more on him than me.”

Source: F1zone.net

Heikki Kovalainen won’t bring sponsorship money to Caterham

Heikki Kovalainen says that he will not be able to bring any sponsorship money to Caterham next year even if it is a necessity.

Heikki Kovalainen has raced for the team since their debut at the start of the 2010 Formula One season but have so far failed to score even a single point. Their best finish to date was twelfth in the 2010 Japanese GP.

“I knew that it would be a little difficult. I knew it would not be easy to achieve points with the team. I was expecting this year to be competing with the midfield teams in some races, but we were not able to do so. Thus this year was disappointing” (Quotes to F1Arab in Abu Dhabi)

F1 Head had reported in October that Heikki could lose his seat to a paid driver and also that Heikki Kovalainen was in talks with Sahara Force India to occupy the vacant seat due to Nico Hulkenberg’s move to Sauber.

Caterham are interested in fielding their reserve Giedo Van der Garde as he brings key sponsorship money courtesy of Dutch fashion house company McGregor.

Marussia currently lie ahead of Caterham in the Constructors championship table in tenth leading to suggestions that the team might be looking out for a pay driver to make up for the financial losses.

“I do not bring money to the team, they pay me. If the team wanted to save some money, [they’ll] look for another driver”.

“They (Caterham) know that I am not going to bring money, so I informed my management that I do not want to search for personal sponsors to stay in Formula 1, I do not like this idea. If I could not get a salary in Formula 1 I’ll look for something else to do.”

Sergio Perez expected to fill void left by Lewis Hamilton at McLaren

McLaren have lined up Sergio Perez to replace Lewis Hamilton after losing their star driver to rivals Mercedes, The Daily Telegraph understands.

12:57AM BST 28 Sep 2012

Sauber’s 22 year-old Mexican was known to be top of their wish-list in the event that Hamilton succumbed to Mercedes’ overtures and an announcement could even arrive as early as Friday morning. https://i1.wp.com/timesofindia.indiatimes.com/thumb/msid-14011347,width-300,resizemode-4/Sergio-Perez.jpg

A member of the Ferrari academy, Perez has impressed in his two seasons in Formula One to date, his ability to manage his tyres seeing him fly through the field in Malaysia, Canada and most recently Italy, where he drove from 12th on the grid to finish second to Hamilton.

In Singapore last week, Perez denied that he had been approached by the Woking team but made it clear that he was available, insisting his relationship to Ferrari would not count against him.

“I have a nice connection to Ferrari through the Ferrari Academy, but I’m just part of the academy – not part of the Ferrari team,” he said.

“So it doesn’t affect [any possible move]. I feel ready to fight for championships at top teams.”

Source: telegraph.co.uk

Ferrari set to announce Massa for 2013

Ferrari is set to announce that Felipe Massa is staying with the famous Italian team in 2013.

Intense speculation has surrounded the future of the Brazilian, who since 2010 has struggled to shine alongside his highly rated teammate Fernando Alonso.

But in an article by veteran correspondent Roger Benoit, the Swiss newspaper Blick said the 31-year-old is staying put in the wake of his recent form surge.

“It (2013) will be his eighth season in red,” wrote Benoit.

In Singapore last weekend, Alonso publicly backed Massa, deriding the “little names” that had been linked with his place for next season.

“With all the names you hear, if you compare what Felipe has done and what these little names have done …” he said.

“In my opinion we need to have a driver that respects Ferrari, that respects the tradition that here we work for the team, for the red cars,” added Alonso.

Source: F1zone.net