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2014 FIA WTCC Race of Austria
Austria 2014 FIA WTCC Race of Austria
Race details
Track map for Salzburgring in Austria.svg
Date25 May, 2014
LocationSalzburg, Austria
CourseSalzburgring
4.241 kilometres (2.635 mi)
Race One
Race Two

The 2014 FIA WTCC Race of Austria was the fifth round of the 2014 World Touring Car Championship season and the third running of the FIA WTCC Race of Austria. It was held on 25 May 2014 at the Salzburgring in Salzburg, Austria.

Both races were won by Citroën Total WTCC, as Yvan Muller won race one and José María López won race two.

Background

López continued to lead the drivers' championship after four rounds, twenty-five points ahead of teammate Sébastien Loeb. Franz Engstler held the lead of the Yokohama Trophy.

No changes were made to the compensation weight system after the previous round; the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC retained the maximum ballast to keep their weight at 1,160 kilograms (2,557 lb) while the rest of the grid remained at the base weight of 1,100 kilograms (2,425 lb).[1]

Report

Testing and free practice

López was quickest in the shortened test session on Friday with Campos Racing's Hugo Valente second and Mehdi Bennani third in the Proteam Racing Honda. Tom Coronel stopped on the back straight after suffering a puncture at the first chicane while Gabriele Tarquini also stopped on the circuit with technical problems. The two cars stopped on the circuit brought out the red flags three minutes before the end of the session which did not resume.[2]

Free practice one saw López set the pace once again in a session which saw two red flags. The first occurred halfway through when Pasquale Di Sabatino spun at turn ten and collided with the barriers. The session was stopped once again with one minute to go when the Lada of Mikhail Kozlovskiy stopped on the circuit with electrical problems.[3]

Loeb led a Citroën 1-2-3 in practice two which was interrupted by a red flag once again when Valente crashed into the barriers and bounced back across the circuit.[4] The amounting damage to Valente's car was expected to rule him out for the rest of the weekend,[5] but Valente's car was repaired for the races.[6]

Qualifying

Yvan Muller was quickest in the first part of qualifying, while the three Lukoil Lada Sport TC1 cars of James Thompson, Robert Huff and Mikhail Kozlovskiy were the only three taking part in the session, that failed to progress to Q2.

The second session was stopped midway through due to a crash for Campos Racing's Du?an Borkovi?; he did not set a time and ended the session in 12th place. Muller remained quickest with Coronel second and Gianni Morbidelli third ahead of the other two Citroëns of Loeb and López. Tarquini was tenth and took pole position for race two.

In the Q3 shootout it was Morbidelli who claimed pole position, the first for a non-Citroën driver in 2014. Muller and Loeb were second and third with Coronel fourth ahead of championship leader López.[7]

After qualifying it was found Morbidelli had improved his Q1 time under yellow flags, he was given a five-place grid penalty with Muller inheriting pole position for race one.[8]

Race One

Muller led away from pole while Coronel passed Loeb to get into second place at the first corner. The move allowed López and Monteiro to get ahead of Loeb; further around the lap Loeb was able to re-pass Monteiro and move into fourth position. On lap five Norbert Michelisz ran wide at turn five which allowed Tarquini to move up to eighth place; Morbidelli had dropped down the order from sixth on the grid and was running tenth. On lap eight López locked up and went straight on at the first chicane, when he returned to the track he had dropped down to third behind Coronel. Coronel kept López at bay for the rest of the race as Muller claimed the win. Franz Engstler was the winner in the TC2 class.[9]

Race Two

Tarquini started on pole position, while Monteiro - starting from fourth - dived between Mehdi Bennani and Michelisz ahead of him. Behind them the Lada of Thompson was tapped and spun across the circuit, collecting his teammate Huff and colliding with Muller who would need to return to the pits for repairs. Both Ladas were stopped on the pit straight and safety car came out onto the circuit. Under safety car conditions Tom Chilton's right rear wheel came off and went underneath his car, pulling the floor of his Chevrolet Cruze off and leaving him stranded across the circuit. At the same time the Campos Chevrolet of Borkovi? also stopped at the side of the circuit. At this point the red flag came out. The race resumed with Tarquini leading Monteiro, Michelisz and Bennani. López in fifth place was the best placed non-Honda car and on lap five he was able to pass Bennani to take fourth place. On lap six Morbidelli passed Loeb on the back straight while López picked off Michelisz for third. By lap seven Monteiro was under attack from López and lost second place to him. Morbidelli was also moving through the field and passed Bennani for sixth place. On lap 11 Coronel ran wide on the gravel at turn one which had been spread across the track by René Münnich the lap previously. This gave Morbidelli the opportunity to try and pass Coronel before the safety car came out for the circuit to be swept clean. On the restart Tarquini left it late to go as he looked to defend from López, the Citroen passed the Honda on the back straight to take the lead. Coronel and Morbidelli tried to pass Michelisz on the final lap but could not get around the Honda as López claimed the win.[10]

Results

Qualifying

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Q1 Q2 Q3 Points
1 1 France Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 1:22.608 1:22.085 1:22.186 4
2 9 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 1:22.722 1:22.371 1:22.363 3
3 4 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:22.960 1:22.168 1:22.432 2
4 37 Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 1:22.619 1:22.471 1:22.507 1
5 3 United Kingdom Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:23.354 1:22.565
61 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:22.283 1:22.281 1:22.137 5
7 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 1:23.097 1:22.790
8 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC TC1 1:23.073 1:22.866
9 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zeng? Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC TC1 1:23.207 1:22.871
10 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 1:23.527 1:22.929
11 77 Germany René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:23.446 1:23.363
12 98 Serbia Du?an Borkovi? Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 1:22.948 no time set
13 11 United Kingdom James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 1:23.705
14 12 United Kingdom Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 1:23.722
15 14 Russia Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 1:24.144
16 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 1:27.550
17 27 France John Filippi Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 1:28.245
18 8 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 1:28.901
107% time: 1:28.390
DNQ 7 France Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 no time set
  • Bold denotes Pole position for second race.
^1  -- Morbidelli was given a five-place grid penalty after qualifying for ignoring yellow flags, he was allowed to keep the five points for pole position.[8]

Race 1

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 15 20:56.737 1 25
2 4 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 15 +3.840 3 18
3 37 Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 15 +4.276 4 15
4 9 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 15 +5.427 2 12
5 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 15 +12.403 7 10
6 3 United Kingdom Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 15 +12.945 5 8
7 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC TC1 15 +13.566 8 6
8 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 15 +14.868 10 4
9 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zeng? Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC TC1 15 +15.672 9 2
10 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 15 +16.184 6 1
11 77 Germany René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 15 +25.974 11
12 12 United Kingdom Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 15 +27.778 13
13 11 United Kingdom James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 15 +31.278 16
14 14 Russia Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 15 +41.924 17
15 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 15 +1:20.251 14
16 27 France John Filippi Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 14 +1 Lap 18
17 8 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 14 +1 Lap 15
Ret 98 Serbia Du?an Borkovi? Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 5 Retired 12
NC 7 France Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 4 +11 Laps 19

Bold denotes Fastest lap.

Race 2

Pos. No. Name Team Car C Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 37 Argentina José María López Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 17 51:59.898 7 25
2 2 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 17 +1.683 1 18
3 18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC TC1 17 +2.554 4 15
4 5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz Zeng? Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC TC1 17 +3.651 2 12
5 4 Netherlands Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 17 +3.908 8 10
6 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 17 +4.466 5 8
7 9 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 17 +4.758 9 6
8 25 Morocco Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing Honda Civic WTCC TC1 17 +5.418 3 4
9 77 Germany René Münnich ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 17 +10.074 11 2
10 14 Russia Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 17 +15.288 15 1
11 6 Germany Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 17 +27.754 16
12 8 Italy Pasquale Di Sabatino Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC TC2T 17 +35.070 18
13 27 France John Filippi Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC TC2T 17 +1:04.5681 17
Ret 7 France Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 6 Retired 19
Ret 1 France Yvan Muller Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC TC1 1 Race incident 10
Ret 3 United Kingdom Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 0 Race incident 6
Ret 98 Serbia Du?an Borkovi? Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 TC1 0 Race incident 12
Ret 11 United Kingdom James Thompson Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 0 Race incident 13
Ret 12 United Kingdom Robert Huff Lukoil Lada Sport Lada Granta 1.6T TC1 0 Race incident 14

Bold denotes Fastest lap.

^1  -- John Filippi received a 30 second penalty.

Standings after the event

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

References

  1. ^ Hudson, Neil (20 May 2014). "Citroën remain the heaviest for their Austrian debut". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Mills, Peter (24 May 2014). "Jose Maria Lopez tops test for Citroen". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "PRACTICE 1 - LÓPEZ SETS THE PACE". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 24 May 2014. Archived from the original on 25 May 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "PRACTICE 2 - VALENTE CRASHES AT HIGH SPEED". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 24 May 2014. Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Mills, Peter (24 May 2014). "Hugo Valente sidelined by big practice crash". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Hudson, Neil (25 May 2014). "Yvan Muller takes comfortable race one win ahead of Coronel". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 2014. All 19 cars started the race after Campos Racing had completed overnight repairs on Hugo Valente's Chevrolet Cruze.
  7. ^ Abbott, Andrew (24 May 2014). "Morbidelli beats Citroën for first-ever pole". Touring-Cars.net. Andrew Abbott. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ a b Hudson, Neil (24 May 2014). "Gianni Morbidelli loses Austrian pole, Yvan Muller inherits". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "RACE 1 - MULLER WINS FROM HEROIC CORONEL". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 25 May 2014. Archived from the original on 25 May 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "RACE 2 - LÓPEZ BEATS A HONDA TRIO". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 25 May 2014. Archived from the original on 26 May 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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