Weather: cloudy and hot with a dry track. Crowd: 45,000 over the weekend TARQUINI ROUNDS OFF SEAT'S GREAT DAY On the day of his 46th birthday Gabriele Tarquini gave himself an outstanding present by winning the second race in Brazil and...
Weather: cloudy and hot with a dry track.
Crowd: 45,000 over the weekend
TARQUINI ROUNDS OFF SEAT'S GREAT DAY
On the day of his 46th birthday Gabriele Tarquini gave himself an outstanding present by winning the second race in Brazil and also got his payback for helping out his team-mates (Yvan Muller, who leaves Brazil as the championship co-leader with Tarquini, and Rickard Rydell) in the first race.
He started on the second row, but as Tom Coronel and Felix Porteiro fell back, he surged through to the front. He held off a strong challenge from Porteiro, and then from the eventual second place position holder Andy Priaulx.
Tarquini took the lead at a start that saw Chevrolet's Robert Huff shunted off the track by another car on the first corner, the rear left suspension collapsed and he was unable to continue. With Nicola Larini and Alain Menu also finishing out of the points, it rounded off a bad weekend for Chevrolet.
Coronel did not have the pace to compete with the BMW and SEAT works cars and he fell back to an eventual ninth position. On the third lap he was overtaken by Jorg Muller, Yvan Muller and Rickard Rydell, then later by a charging Augusto Farfus.
Muller and Muller fought over fourth place, and the BMW Team Germany driver eventually came out on top, with the Frenchman behind him in fifth. Farfus battled past Rydell, and they finished sixth and seventh respectively, as Farfus could not find a way past Muller in the final laps. After his penalty from the earlier race Jordi Gene began the race in ninth, but moved ahead of Coronel to secure the final point.
On lap 9 Priaulx squeezed past Porteiro going into turn 1, and then chased after Tarquini. However, the Italian kept him at bay to take the chequered flag in his SEAT, ahead of three BMW drivers.
In the Independents' class Olivier Tielemans, who had won the first race due to a 30-second time penalty imposed to Corthals, triumphed again. He enjoyed a close battle with Alessandro Zanardi and eventually finished in fourteenth position overall.
FARFUS EXCLUDED FROM RACE 1
Augusto Farfus, who had finished third in today's first race was later excluded by the Stewards following a report from the FIA Technical Delegate.
Farfus' car was excluded because of a technical breach, which consisted of the "V" support for the fixation of the engine protection not complying with the technical regulations.
However, the Stewards considered that there was no fraudolent intent from the team.
THREE CARS STARTED AT THE BACK
Three drivers - Nicola Larini, Sergio Hernandez and Alain Menu - asked for neutralization of the park ferme between the two races, in order to repair damage obtained in the collisions they were involved in during the first race.
As a consequence they were all pushed to the back of the grid for the second race.
THEY SAID, THEY SAID.
"I'm 46 today, so this is the best present, as you feel old when you look around you. It was a tough race, but I got a very good start. I think in the first corner Porteiro drove too much over the kerb at turn 4 and I took the lead. This is where I made the victory. We had improved the set up for the second race, but it was the speed and lack of mistakes that helped me win. The pressure was strong as Porteiro was very fast in the first few laps, and the last laps were very hard."
"It was an interesting race, we were in a good position from the start. The car felt really good, but Gabriele (Tarquini) drove a really fast race, he made a good move at the beginning, he was very opportunist, and drove very tidy. So I hope I can drive as well as him when I'm 46! I was surprised he started so well, as I thought maybe I could sneak up the inside of him in turn 1. I'd rather be in front of him than the other way round, but he should be pleased with his race."
"It was a good start to the season, after I qualified 13th I didn't expect to be in the points this weekend because we had some problems with the car. We worked very hard for the first race and improved a little bit, but for the second one we improved a lot and were very competitive at the beginning, although not at the end. I expected Andy (Priaulx) to overtake me; in the first two laps I thought I could win the race because I was very competitive, then after 4 laps I could see it was difficult to compete with Tarquini, and I didn't want have an accident with another BMW so I didn't close the door too much. I was happy with third in the end."
"This is my second year and I'm pretty happy that I can start with two wins, and it's very good for the team, so I'm happy for them as well. I had an incredible fight with Alessandro Zanardi; when I was very young I watched him in Formula 1 and now I fighting with him for position, but in the end he was much stronger and pushed me a little wide at the first corner, which is why I lost my position. Anyway I'm happy to be the best Independent."
WTCC Race of Brazil - Autodromo Internacional de Curitiba - 1 / 2 March 2008