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    WTCC: BMW feiert Doppelsieg in Macau – WM-Titel gehen an SeatBMW claims one-two in Macau while missing out on world titles

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    Mit einem Sieg von BMW Team Germany Pilot Augusto Farfus (BR) ist die FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) 2009 in Macau (CN) zu Ende gegangen. Er gewann das 24. Rennen des Jahres, das nach einem Unfall vorzeitig abgebrochen wurde, vor seinem Teamkollegen Jörg Müller (DE). Für BMW war es der siebte Doppelerfolg in dieser Saison. Beim Sieg von Robert Huff (GB/Chevrolet) hatten Müller und Farfus als Siebter bzw. Achter bereits im ersten Lauf WM-Punkte gesammelt. BMW Team UK Pilot Andy Priaulx (GB) sowie die beiden Fahrer vom BMW Team Italy-Spain, Alessandro Zanardi (IT) und Sergio Hernández (ES), verließen den „Guia Circuit“ hingegen mit leeren Händen.

    Trotz des Doppelsiegs ist es den BMW Länderteams beim Saisonfinale nicht gelungen, SEAT die WM-Titel noch streitig zu machen. Gabriele Tarquini (IT) sicherte sich mit 127 Punkten den Spitzenplatz in der Fahrerwertung. Hinter Yvan Muller (FR) belegte Farfus mit 113 Zählern den dritten Gesamtrang.

    Zwei Runden vor Ende des Rennens ereignete sich ein schwerer Unfall: BMW Privatfahrer Félix Porteiro (ES) war in der letzten Kurve in die Mauer gefahren und wurde anschließend von seinem Markenkollegen Franz Engstler (DE) getroffen, der nicht mehr ausweichen konnte. André Couto (CN/SEAT) fuhr seinerseits in den stehenden BMW von Engstler. Sowohl Porteiro als auch Engstler konnten ihre Autos zwar aus eigener Kraft verlassen, mussten aber für eine medizinische Untersuchung ins Krankenhaus gebracht werden. Das Rennen wurde nach einer langen Pause dann endgültig abgebrochen.


    (Quelle: BMW-Motorsport)The 2009 FIA World Touring Car Championship came to an end in Macau with another victory for BMW Team Germany’s Augusto Farfus (BR). He won the 24th race of the year, which was red-flagged following a big accident. His team-mate, Jörg Müller (DE), came second, making it the seventh one-two for BMW this season. Müller and Farfus had also scored points in race one, which was won by Chevrolet’s Robert Huff, by finishing seventh and eighth. Andy Priaulx (GB) of BMW Team UK and the two BMW Team Italy-Spain drivers, Alessandro Zanardi (IT) and Sergio Hernández (ES), left the “Guia Circuit” empty-handed.

    Despite the one-two, the BMW national teams were not able to take the championship titles away from SEAT in the final showdown. Gabriele Tarquini (IT) topped the drivers’ classification with 127 points. Farfus came third behind Yvan Muller (FR) with 113 points, and was the best-placed BMW driver. The Brazilian set a record after celebrating six victories in the 2009 season. In the Manufacturers’ Championship BMW missed out on the title by a mere three points. The BMW drivers notched up a total of 311 points over the course of the 24 races.

    The start of race one didn’t work out as planned for Priaulx or Farfus. Farfus dropped back from third to sixth. From second on the grid Priaulx’s BMW 320si WTCC hit the wall on the right side of the track and he was forced to return to the pits with a heavily damaged front suspension and an open passenger door. Müller improved to fifth, while Zanardi and Hernández emerged from the first corner in ninth and 11th. After passing his team-mate Müller on lap two, Farfus overtook Tiago Monteiro (PT/SEAT) for fourth six laps later. As the drivers’ crown was already out of reach for Farfus because Tarquini was on his way to finish second, the BMW Team Germany pair let themselves drop back to seventh (Müller) and eighth (Farfus) shortly before the end, in order to secure front-row grid positions for race two. This increased BMW’s chances in the manufacturers’ ranks. Zanardi crossed the line in ninth, narrowly missing out on points, Hernández took the chequered flag in tenth.

    While race one had passed without major incidents apart from Priaulx’s first-corner accident, spectacular crashes overshadowed proceedings in the second round of the day. On lap three Tom Boardman (GB/SEAT) hit the barriers and his car became airborne. Fortunately Priaulx managed to avoid his fellow Brit landing on top of him. On lap eight Zanardi missed a braking point, collided with Chevrolet’s Nicola Larini (IT) and dropped back. The worst accident, however, happened moments later: BMW privateer Félix Porteiro (ES) crashed into the wall in the final corner and was hit by fellow BMW driver Franz Engstler (DE). To make things even worse, the stationary BMW 320si WTCC of Engstler was then hit by SEAT’s André Couto (CN). Both Porteiro and Engstler were able to climb out of the cars on their own, but were sent to Macau hospital for medical checks. Following a long break the Race Director decided not to re-start the race.

    Victory went to Farfus, who had successfully defended his lead at the start. Before the red flags came out, 0.801 seconds separated the 26-year-old and Müller, who finished runner-up for the fifth time this season. Zanardi was classified ninth, while Hernández took 11th. Priaulx worked his way up from 24th to 13th.


    (Quelle: BMW-Motorsport)

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