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      11-21-2009, 02:46 AM   #1
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WTCC finale at Macau

Practice 1
After dominating the test session, BMW Team Germany continued their pace setting times in the first free practice. Augusto Farfus led the field by setting a 2:31.228 with Jörg Müller 0.467 slower.
Takayuki Aoki hit the barriers at the Teddy Ip bend and Kirill Ladygin had a big crash at the high speed Mandarin Oriental bend and the session did not resume.

Practice 2
Robert Huff was the name at the top of the timesheet after the second practice session. Behind the wheel of his Chevrolet Cruze, Huff posted a 2:31.824 on his second lap which he later improved to 2:31.725. BMW driver Priaulx was second fastest (0.132 from Huff) followed by Müller (0.184 from Huff) and Farfus (0.267 from Huff).
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Huff grabs pole as title rivals collide

Chevrolet's Rob Huff came through a chaotic qualifying session for the World Touring Car finale in Macau to take pole position on an afternoon when the title hopes of SEAT duo Gabriele Tarquini and Yvan Muller were hit after they were involved a freak accident. Muller appeared to lose control of his SEAT on cement dust that had been laid down at Faraway following a crash involving Stefano D'Aste and James Thompson in Q1. Moments later, and unsighted by the dust, Tarquini smashed into him - before the pair were then hit again by Alain Menu. Muller was taken away from the scene in an ambulance, but gave the thumbs up to indicate he was okay.

1. Rob Huff Chevrolet 2m31.282s 2m32.141s
2. Andy Priaulx BMW 2m31.734s 2m32.483s
3. Augusto Farfus BMW 2m31.505s 2m33.033s
4. Jordi Gene SEAT 2m31.171s 2m33.136s
5. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 2m31.357s 2m33.322s
6. Jorg Muller BMW 2m31.724s 2m34.091s
7. Yvan Muller SEAT 2m31.241s no time
8. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 2m31.150s no time
9. Alain Menu Chevrolet 2m31.842s no time
10. Rickard Rydell SEAT 2m31.859s no time
11. Alex Zanardi BMW 2m32.059s
12. Nicola Larini Chevrolet 2m32.181s
13. Tom Coronel SEAT 2m32.330s
14. Felix Porteiro BMW 2m33.581s
15. Sergio Hernandez BMW 2m33.812s
16. Andre Couto SEAT 2m34.047s
17. Jaap van Lagen Lada 2m34.214s
18. Tom Boardman SEAT 2m34.242s
19. Franz Engstler BMW 2m34.615s
20. James Thompson Lada 2m36.141s
21. Nobuteru Taniguchi BMW 2m36.431s
22. Kristian Poulsen BMW 2m36.473s
23. Takayuki Aoki BMW 2m37.895s
24. Henry Ho BMW 2m41.318s
25. Jo Merszei BMW 2m42.626s
26. Kit Meng Lei BMW 2m44.667s
27. Liu Lic Ka BMW 2m47.747s
28. Stefano D'Aste BMW no time
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Muller, Tarquini released from hospital

Championship rivals Gabriele Tarquini and Yvan Muller have both been released from hospital following a huge accident in the final qualifying session. The factory SEAT team-mates were separated by just two points heading into the title-deciding races.
Muller was extricated from his car and taken to hospital wearing an oxygen mask after inhaling fumes when his fire extinguisher deployed, but he waved to signal that he was okay from the back of the ambulance. Tarquini was also taken to hospital for checks after the substantial front-on impact.
BMW's Augusto Farfus is 13 points behind Tarquini and 11 behind Muller.
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Muller, Tarquini cleared to race

Both drivers were taken to hospital after their high-speed impact. But they were discharged on Friday evening with no serious injuries and passed fitness tests at the circuit on Saturday.
Both cars were repaired through the night and the engine in Tarquini's was changed. He will not be penalised because the regulations allow engine changes after big accidents.
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Race 1

Robert Huff won the race with Gabriele Tarquini second and Jordi Gené third. Augusto Farfus finished eight; he is now out of the championship but will line up on pole for Race 2 in a bid to score maximum points for BMW. Yvan Muller is still in with a chance of the title - after coming home fifth he is six points behind Tarquini. SEAT lead BMW by 10 points in the Manufacturers’ Championship.
Andy Priaulx hit the barrier at the Mandarin Oriental bend and had to drag his damaged car to the pits. Priaulx's problems allowed Tiago Monteiro to move up to second spot, with Tarquini charging through the order from seventh. At the end of the first lap Tarquini was lying third with the comfort of Monteiro in front and Gené behind. In this scenario, Farfus’ hopes were dashed.

1. Robert Huff Chevrolet 23m02.627s
2. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 7.952s
3. Jordi Gene SEAT 8.996s
4. Alain Menu Chevrolet 10.328s
5. Yvan Muller SEAT 13.534s
6. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 15.517s
7. Jorg Muller BMW 15.782s
8. Augusto Farfus BMW 15.967s
9. Alex Zanardi BMW 16.301s
10. Sergio Hernandez BMW 16.527s
11. Rickard Rydell SEAT 16.618s
12. Nicola Larini Chevrolet 18.476s
13. Tom Coronel SEAT 21.356s
14. Felix Porteiro BMW 21.961s
15. Tom Boardman SEAT 29.923s
16. Franz Engstler BMW 30.468s
17. Kristian Poulsen BMW 44.647s
18. Norbertu Taniguchi BMW 46.571s
19. Takayuki Aoki BMW 56.298s
20. Henry Ho BMW 1m23.908s
21. Kit Meng Lei BMW 2m02.061s
22. Jo Merszei BMW 2m02.321s
23. Jaap van Lagen Lada +2 laps
24. Liu Lic Ka BMW +2 laps
25. Andre Couto SEAT +2 laps
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Race 2

Augusto Farfus and Jörg Müller claimed a 1-2 for BMW. Farfus led away cleanly from pole position and held an advantage from BMW team-mate Jorg Muller. But the laurels went to SEAT. Gabriele Tarquini was crowned the new world champion. SEAT managed to retain the Manufacturers’ Championship.
The battle at the front was interrupted by a safety car on lap three, when Tom Boardman crashed in the Solitude Esses, and then the race was red-flagged at the end of lap eight when there was a spectacular crash at the R Bend final corner.

1. Augusto Farfus BMW 22m20.166s
2. Jorg Muller BMW 0.801s
3. Yvan Muller SEAT 1.201s
4. Tiago Monteiro SEAT 1.980s
5. Gabriele Tarquini SEAT 3.815s
6. Jordi Gene SEAT 5.018s
7. Nicola Larini Chevrolet 5.359s
8. Robert Huff Chevrolet 5.895s
9. Alex Zanardi BMW 6.167s
10. Rickard Rydell SEAT 6.712s
11. Sergio Hernandez BMW 7.764s
12. Felix Porteiro BMW 8.290s
13. Andy Priaulx BMW 8.583s
14. Franz Engstler BMW 9.390s
15. Norbertu Taniguchi BMW 10.635s
16. Takayuki Aoki BMW 12.819s
17. Andre Couto SEAT 13.531s
18. Kit Meng Lei BMW 24.275s
19. Henry Ho BMW 27.175s
20. Jo Merszei BMW 27.530s
21. Alain Menu Chevrolet 2 laps
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Engstler suffered broken collarbone

Franz Engstler broke his left collarbone in huge accident at the end of second race. Engstler was chasing Felix Porteiro's BMW for the independent class lead when Porteiro slid wide at the final corner on lap eight. Porteiro's car bounced off the tyre wall and back into the middle of the circuit. Engstler struck Porteiro's car side on and was left on the racing line at the exit of the bend. The BMWs of Nobuteru Taniguchi and Takayuki Aoki narrowly avoided him, but Andre Couto's SEAT did not and ploughed into the left-hand, driver's side door of the BMW and went on into the barrier.
Both Porteiro and Couto escaped significant injury.
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