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      07-03-2009, 02:26 PM   #1
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WTCC at Porto

Augusto Farfus posted the fastest time 2:10.161 at Friday practice on the Porto track. Second and third fastest was Chevrolet’s Robert Huff (2:10.590) and Alain Menu (2:10.840). Fastest SEAT was Gabriele Tarquini (2:10.886).
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Chevrolet’s Robert Huff set the fastest time in the second free practice session (2:09.711) Augusto Farfus was second (2:10.354), third was Alain Menu (2:10.397). The session was red flagged with 12 minutes remaining after a collision between BMW Team Italy-Spain’s Alessandro Zanardi and Sergio Hernández
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Gabriele Tarquini took pole in a tight session that saw six drivers qualify within three tenths of a second.

1. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 2m09.471s 2m09.308s
2. Rob Huff Chevrolet 2m09.601s 2m09.395s
3. Yvan Muller SEAT 2m09.361s 2m09.493s
4. Andy Priaulx BMW 2m09.676s 2m09.563s
5. Alain Menu Chevrolet 2m09.856s 2m09.670s
6. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 2m09.892s 2m09.679s
7. Augusto Farfus BMW 2m09.928s 2m09.786s
8. Nicola Larini Chevrolet 2m09.797s 2m09.859s
9. Rickard Rydell SEAT 2m09.967s 2m10.089s
10. Jordi Gene SEAT 2m09.910s 2m10.448s
11. Alex Zanardi BMW 2m10.430s
12. Jorg Muller BMW 2m10.576s
13. Tom Coronel SEAT 2m11.330s
14. Stefano D'Aste BMW 2m11.505s
15. Felix Porteiro BMW 2m11.887s
16. Mehdi Bennani SEAT 2m11.964s
17. Sergio Hernandez BMW 2m12.007s
18. Jaap van Lagen Lada 2m12.058s
19. Franz Engstler BMW 2m12.146s
20. Kristian Poulsen BMW 2m13.271s
21. Tom Boardman SEAT 2m13.696s
22. James Thompson Lada 2m13.819s
23. Kirill Ladygin Lada 2m13.831s
24. Diego Puyo SEAT 2m13.976s
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Firs race:
Gabriele Tarquini won from pole position (his second World Touring Car victory of the season in). The race was stopped almost immediately as a result of two separate accidents on the opening lap. Jaap van Lagen and Sergio Hernandez collided away from the rolling start and the BMW of Hernandez was pitched hard into the barrier. Later on the lap, Augusto Farfus tagged the back of Menu who spun into the wall and Monteiro was tagged into the wall by Nicola Larini.

1. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 1h04m11.274s
2. Rob Huff Chevrolet +2.934
3. Yvan Muller SEAT +7.848
4. Tiago Monteiro SEAT +8.472
5. Nicola Larini Chevrolet +15.790
6. Jordi Gene SEAT +16.192
7. Rickard Rydell SEAT +16.640
8. Augusto Farfus BMW +16.975
9. Andy Priaulx BMW +17.791
10. Stefano D'Aste BMW +18.216
11. Jorg Muller BMW +19.149
12. Alex Zanardi BMW +19.442
13. Tom Coronel SEAT +33.010
14. Felix Porteiro BMW +42.995
15. Tom Boardman SEAT +54.702
16. Diego Puyo SEAT +54.931
17. Kristian Poulsen BMW +55.277
18. James Thompson Lada +55.742
19. Kirill Ladygin Lada +1:11.955
20. Franz Engstler BMW +1 lap
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100th WTCC race won by BMW!
Augusto Farfus won the second race from the reverse grid pole position after being gifted eighth place in race one by BMW team-mates Andy Priaulx and Jorg Muller.

1. Augusto Farfus BMW 47m48.304s
2. Yvan Muller SEAT + 2.295s
3. Rickard Rydell SEAT + 2.810s
4. Jordi Gene SEAT + 3.385s
5. Tiago Monteiro SEAT + 3.970s
6. Robert Huff Chevrolet + 4.219s
7. Andy Priaulx BMW + 4.583s
8. Jorg Muller BMW + 5.064s
9. Stefano D'Aste BMW + 6.428s
10. Alex Zanardi BMW + 7.584s
11. Franz Engstler BMW + 9.201s
12. Tom Coronel SEAT + 13.290s
13. Felix Porteiro BMW + 15.272s
14. Diego Puyo SEAT + 17.706s
15. James Thompson Lada + 22.964s
16. Kristian Poulsen BMW + 53.730s
17. Kirill Ladygin Lada + 1 lap
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Damn....LCI version looks freaking hot!



Got any pics from the rear?? Anyone?
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Ok...found a low res version. Hotness.

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BMW Team Germany’s Augusto Farfus (BR) claimed victory in the 14th round of the 2009 FIA World Touring Car Championship. At the “Circuito da Boavista”, the 25-year-old took victory in front of the two SEAT drivers, Yvan Muller (FR) and Rickard Rydell (SE), who finished second and third respectively. In the 100th WTCC race since 2005 Farfus celebrated his 11th career win, thus topping the all-time winners’ list in the series. BMW Team UK driver, Andy Priaulx (GB), became the only driver to have contested every WTCC race to date and scored two points by finishing seventh. Farfus’ team-mate Jörg Müller (DE) came eighth.

The first sprint race of the day had to be stopped shortly after the start following a mass collision. Before the red flag came out, BMW Team Italy-Spain’s Sergio Hernández (ES) was involved in a heavy accident, when he was pushed into the wall by another competitor. The 25-year-old suffered a bruised left foot, but was able to leave hospital after a thorough medical check. After the 30-minute interruption followed by a re-start, Farfus crossed the line in eighth, and secured one point and pole position for race two, which he then used perfectly to his advantage to score his second victory of the 2009 season.

As championship leader Muller scored two podium finishes in Porto, Farfus failed to close the gap in the Drivers’ Championship despite his success. He now has 65 points under his belt and is third in the standings, 15 points behind the defending champion. In the manufacturers’ classification, BMW has 174 points to its tally, lying second behind SEAT (191).

In the early stages of the first race, Priaulx defended fourth on the grid, while Farfus moved from seventh to sixth. Müller made a good start and improved to ninth, Zanardi dropped back to 13th. Then the events started to pile up: First LADA’s Jaap van Lagen (NL) crashed into Hernández, then Farfus touched Alain Menu’s (CH) Chevrolet car under braking. Menu spun and blocked the track, causing a mass collision involving no less than nine cars, which brought out the red flags.

After the re-start behind the safety-car, Priaulx stayed fourth and put third-placed Muller under pressure. Müller and Zanardi were running in eighth and 11th respectively. Due to the collision with Menu, Farfus was penalised with a drive-through penalty that saw him dropping back to 13th on lap six. After he overtook SEAT’s Tom Coronel (NL) for 12th, the four BMW drivers ahead of him let Farfus pass, thus letting him finish eighth. Priaulx, Müller and Zanardi crossed the line in ninth, 11th and 12th respectively.

The second race also saw two incidents with serious consequences: On lap three four drivers retired after accidents within a few seconds, and again the safety-car was deployed. On lap ten, WTCC’s 100th race was red-flagged, after BMW privateer driver Franz Engstler (DE) and Menu crashed. All this could not distract Farfus from celebrating a lights to flag victory. He finally finished 2.295 seconds ahead of Muller after 13 laps. Priaulx collected two points and finished seventh, Müller picked up the final point in eighth. Zanardi had to make do with tenth.

Augusto Farfus (BMW Team Germany):
“Victory in the 100th round of the championship means a lot to me. Without the great support of my fellow BMW drivers it would have been difficult to achieve this. The pressure was huge in race two, but I kept my cool despite the many incidents. Thanks to this result, we haven’t lost too much ground in the drivers’ standings. Many thanks to my team and the other BMW drivers.”

Andy Priaulx (BMW Team UK):
“Street circuits are always fun but frustrating as they are more difficult for overtaking. Well done to the organisers as the circuit is amazing and is on my list of favourite circuits in the world. I would have loved more points but that is motor racing.”

Jörg Müller (BMW Team Germany):
“Today wasn’t easy for us. My car was good in both races. The Chevrolets, however, carried 50 kilos less ballast, while SEAT was able to make full use of their turbo diesel engine advantage here. That’s why it was really hard to attack on this track.”

Alessandro Zanardi (BMW Team Italy-Spain):
“I have to say that this circuit is only good fun in qualifying, when it’s only yourself against the stop watch. The races are boring, as you can hardly overtake here. I was very relieved when I heard Sergio was virtually unharmed after his accident. That was the most important news of the day.”

Sergio Hernández (BMW Team Italy-Spain):
“I’m okay, although my foot still gives me a lot of pain. The doctors say that I will be much better in a few days. The impact was really hard. But fortunately the BMW 320si WTCC is an extremely safe vehicle.”
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is it me or are the kidney grilles blocked on these race cars?
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is it me or are the kidney grilles blocked on these race cars?
yup they do look blocked but there is a larger intake at the bottom
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that LCI does look nice.

I think the kidneys are blocked too... sometimes some of these bodies appear to be fake or replica like due to aerodynamics or body of car ... i don't know specifics..
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