2013 WTCC Race of China 2013 WTCC Race of China 2013 WTCC Race of China

Tom Chilton and Tiago Monteiro shared the victory honours in the penultimate round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday.

Chilton edged out teammate Yvan Muller in the closest ever race finish in a rain-affected opening race, while Monteiro headed a Honda 1-2-3 in the second race.


2013 WTCC Race of China

Race 1: Chilton sprints to the line

A heavy pre-race shower meant that the opening 13-lap race would take place behind a Safety Car start, but there was disaster for guest racer Thed Björk, who had to peel his Polestar Volvo C30 into the pits before the race even started, courtesy of a flat battery.

After two laps behind the Safety Car, the race – which had all six Chevrolet Cruze turbos on the first three rows – got underway, and the remaining ten-lap dash proved to be full of action and entertainment at the surprisingly well-attended venue.

Those who gambled on fitting wet weather tyres surged to the front, with Pepe Oriola and Rickard Rydell being the biggest gainers: Oriola surged into the lead ahead of the RML pairing of Muller and Chilton, while Rydell moved up to fourth ahead of the Bamboo Engineering Chevrolets.

But the rain didn’t hang around long enough, which allowed the track to dry, and in turn Muller and Chilton were able to resume at the head of the field while Oriola and Rydell were gobbled up by the chasing pack.

Behind the leading duo, the Bamboo Engineering pair of James Nash and Alex MacDowall – both the only contenders for Independent Trophy championship honours – headed a train of drivers lead by the disposed Oriola.

Gabriele Tarquini held sixth place, and found himself chased down by Rob Huff, who made a brilliant overtaking move on Norbert Michelisz around the outside of Turn 1. The Englishman then set his sights on Tarquini, passing the Italian on the final lap to secure sixth place.

That demoted the former champion to seventh, and he finished ahead of James Thompson and Tom Boardman, both of whom staged incredible charged through the field to secure well-earned points finishes. For Boardman, this was his first points finish after a trying season in his Special Tune Racing SEAT.

The battle for the race win also went down to the wire, with Chilton passing Muller at Turn 14 on the final lap.

Chilton pipped Muller to the finish lineThe pair ran within inches of each other through the final two corners, with Muller holding the inside line through the final left-hander. Conscious of not running into his teammate, a generous Muller gave Chilton enough room to hold the outside line through the corner, and the pair staged a drag race to the finish line, with Chilton emerging the victor by one hundredth of a second!


2013 FIA WTCC Race of China – Race 1 Final Classification (12 laps):

Driver Team Result YIT
1. Tom Chilton GBR RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet 26:28.234  
2. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 0.010  
3. James Nash GBR Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 14.737 Y
4. Alex MacDowall GBR Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 15.455 Y
5. Pepe Oriola ESP Tuenti Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 16.441 Y
6. Robert Huff GBR Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 16.585  
7. Gabriele Tarquini ITA Castrol Honda Civic WTCC Honda + 16.799  
8. James Thompson GBR LADA Sport Granta LADA + 16.825  
9. Tom Boardman GBR Special Tune Racing SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 16.931 Y
10. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengõ Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC Honda + 17.683
11. Tiago Monteiro POR Castrol Honda Civic WTCC Honda + 18.017
12. Tom Coronel NED ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW + 18.079
13. Franz Engstler DEU Liqui Moly Engstler BMW 320TC BMW + 22.899 Y
14. Rickard Rydell SWE NIKA Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 27.546
15. Marc Basseng DEU Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 29.496  
16. Mehdi Bennani MOR Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW + 42.004 Y
17. Mikhail Kozlovskiy RUS LADA Sport Granta LADA + 45.122
18. René Münnich DEU Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 47.010 Y
19. Fredy Barth SUI Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC BMW + 48.590 Y
20. Darryl O’Young HKG ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW + 1:02.102 Y
21. Yukinori Tanuguchi JPN Campos Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 1:03.596 Y/A
22. Filipe de Souza MCU China Dragon Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet + 1:03.800 Y/A
23. Henry Ho Wai Kun MCU Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si BMW + 1:13.464 Y/A
24. Jerónimo Badaraco MCU Son Veng Racing Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet + 1:29.654 Y/A
25. Mak Ka Lok MCU RPM Racing BMW 320si BMW + 2:03.392 Y/A
26. Ng Kin Veng MCU China Dragon Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet + 1 lap Y/A
27. Charles Ka-Ki Ng HKG Liqui Moly Engstler BMW 320TC BMW + 1 lap Y
28. Stefano D’Aste ITA PB Sport BMW 320TC BMW + 1 lap Y
29. Fernando Monje ESP Campos Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 1 lap Y
  Not Classified    
DNF. Hugo Valente FRA Campos Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT 7 laps Y
DNS. Thed Björk SWE Volvo Polestar Racing C30 1.6T Volvo   ˚

* Denotes five-place grid penalty to be applied for both races after failing post-qualifying scrutineering (car underweight).
‘Y’ denotes Yokohama Independent Trophy entered driver
’A’ denotes Eurosport Asia Trophy entered driver
˚ denotes ineligible to score championship points


Race 2: Monteiro finally breaks through!

2013 WTCC Race of China

After a very trying 2013 season, Tiago Monteiro finally broke through to score his first win of the season in the second race at Shanghai, heading Honda’s second podium lockout of the season.

The Portuguese driver’s teammate Gabriele Tarquini finished second, with Norbert Michelisz completing the podium in his Zengõ Motorsport Honda Civic.

Honda’s success came off the back of a strategic qualifying session on Saturday where Monteiro and Tarquini qualified on the fifth row for Race 1, which became a front row start on the partially-reversed grid for Race 2.

Monteiro converted his pole position into an early lead from Tarquini, while Michelisz headed a train of cars that included included Huff, James Nash, Muller, Pepe Oriola and Tom Coronel.

Starting from the fifth row, Muller steadily picked his way through the field – his pass around the outside of Nash at Turn 1 was particularly special – but he was unable to find a way past his former teammate Huff, who continued his strong weekend after his earlier announcement he would join LADA on a two-year deal next year.

Stubborn last-lap defence ensured Huff would finish fourth, holding off Muller by a quarter of a second at the finish line.

Nash battled to keep Oriola and Coronel at bay, and Coronel eventually got the better of the Englishman at Turn 14, only for Nash out outdrag him on the final straight to reclaim sixth, with Oriola using the two to nip by the Dutchman, crossing the line just six-hundredths of a second clear of the BMW driver.

Stefano D’Aste finished a slightly distant ninth ahead of Chilton, who made a poor getaway off the line and had to make up lost ground for the rest of the race.

His cause was helped by a bit of self-sabotage among the BMWs, with Fredy Barth losing the rear of his car and collecting the hapless Darryl O’Young. The incident also caught out Alex MacDowall.

The series now packs up and heads south for the curtain-closing Guia Race of Macau, which serves as a support act for the iconic Formula 3 Grand Prix.


2013 FIA WTCC Race of China – Race 2 Final Classification (10 laps):

Driver Team Result YIT
1. Tiago Monteiro POR Castrol Honda Civic WTCC Honda 19:26.090
2. Gabriele Tarquini ITA Castrol Honda Civic WTCC Honda + 1.178  
3. Norbert Michelisz HUN Zengõ Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC Honda + 4.143
4. Robert Huff GBR Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 5.470  
5. Yvan Muller FRA RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 5.739  
6. James Nash GBR Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 7.423 Y
7. Pepe Oriola ESP Tuenti Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 7.987 Y
8. Tom Coronel NED ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW + 8.042
9. Stefano D’Aste ITA PB Sport BMW 320TC BMW + 11.407 Y
10. Tom Chilton GBR RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 13.608  
11. Tom Boardman GBR Special Tune Racing SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 16.659 Y
12. Hugo Valente FRA Campos Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 18.253 Y
13. Alex MacDowall GBR Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 18.497 Y
14. Mehdi Bennani MOR Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC BMW + 19.087 Y
15. Thed Björk SWE Volvo Polestar Racing C30 1.6T Volvo + 19.934 ˚
16. Charles Ka-Ki Ng HKG Liqui Moly Engstler BMW 320TC BMW + 22.543 Y
17. James Thompson GBR LADA Sport Granta LADA + 25.335  
18. Marc Basseng DEU Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 27.609  
19. Fernando Monje ESP Campos Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 30.126 Y
20. Mikhail Kozlovskiy RUS LADA Sport Granta LADA + 31.520
21. Fredy Barth SUI Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC BMW + 31.885 Y
22. René Münnich DEU Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 33.211 Y
23. Yukinori Tanuguchi JPN Campos Racing Team SEAT León WTCC SEAT + 38.017 Y/A
24. Filipe de Souza MCU China Dragon Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet + 53.947 Y/A
25. Henry Ho Wai Kun MCU Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si BMW + 54.519 Y/A
26. Ng Kin Veng MCU China Dragon Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet + 1:25.975 Y/A
27. Mak Ka Lok MCU RPM Racing BMW 320si BMW + 1:43.366 Y/A
28. Franz Engstler DEU Liqui Moly Engstler BMW 320TC BMW + 2 laps Y
29. Rickard Rydell SWE NIKA Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Chevrolet + 3 laps
30. Darryl O’Young HKG ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC BMW + 3 laps Y
  Not Classified    
DNF. Jerónimo Badaraco MCU Son Veng Racing Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet 1 lap Y/A

* Denotes five-place grid penalty to be applied for both races after failing post-qualifying scrutineering (car underweight).
‘Y’ denotes Yokohama Independent Trophy entered driver
’A’ denotes Eurosport Asia Trophy entered driver
˚ denotes ineligible to score championship points

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