In Paris last Friday, in the hearing for the appeals lodged by Chevrolet, the International Court of Appeal annulled decisions n. 1 and 2 taken by the Panel of Stewards on 30 October 2010 at the FIA WTCC event in Okayama that authorized the BMW cars of Augusto Farfus and Andy Priaulx to use sequential gearboxes.
Therefore the Court excluded both cars from the results of the event. This means that Colin Turkington inherited victory in the second race (his first WTCC win) and Yvan Muller is out of reach in the Drivers‘ Championship, as he now lies 55 points ahead of Gabriele Tarquini.
The Court also ordered that, with regard to the event in Macau, any compensation weight to be attributed to Farfus‘ and Priaulx’s cars in accordance with Article 79 of the WTCC Sporting Regulations, be calculated on the basis of their results during the three events preceding the Japanese one.
Farfus‘ exclusion in Okayama’s Race 2 resulted in Turkinton’s first WTCC win
COMPENSATION WEIGHTS FOR THE FINAL EVENT
Taking into account the fastest lap times set in Oschersleben, Valencia and Okayama, the Chevrolet Cruze and SEAT León TDI will run in Macau with the maximum compensation weight, or 40 extra kilos on board.
Following the decision taken by the International Court of Appeal, the BMW 320si cars will also be on +40kg taking into account the fastest lap times set in the events of Brno, Oschersleben and Valencia.
The BMW 320si cars in old specs will benefit from a 10kg reduction while the Chevrolet Lacetti cars will have 20kg deducted from their minimum weight.
The Honda cars of local drivers Philip Ma, Chan Kin Man and Kuok Io Keong will also be on the maximum compensation weight, as it will be the models‘ first appearance in the season.
Compensation weight Macau
+ 40 kg BMW 320si, Chevrolet Cruze LT, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, SEAT León TDI
– 10 kg BMW 320si (old model)
– 20 kg Chevrolet Lacetti
STANDINGS AFTER THE COURT OF APPEAL
(Updated classifications attached)
Yvan Muller’s leading margin is now of 55 points ahead of Gabriele Tarquini, with 50 points still to be awarded.
As a matter of fact, unless a catastrophic point penalty hits him in Macau, the Frenchman will clinch his second FIA World Touring Car Championship title – the first for Chevrolet – after the one he grabbed in 2008 for SEAT.
The fight for the runner-up positions is wide opened, with Tarquini (246), Andy Priaulx (240) and Rob Huff (236) all covered by just ten points.
The title is still at stake, although Chevrolet has a comfortable margin of 74 points with a maximum of 86 to be awarded in Macau.
SEAT Customers Technology is now second in the classification, 27 points ahead of BMW.
YOKOHAMA TROPHIES AND ROOKIE CHALLENGE
The outcome of the appeal did not change the situation in these classifications.
In the Independents‘ Trophy, Proteam Motorsport’s Sergio Hernández defends a 21-point lead from bamboo-engineering’s Darryl O’Young. As double points will be awarded in the Macau races, the maximum booty available is of 43 points, which leaves a few chances also to Kristian Poulsen and Franz Engstler who lie 27 and 29 points behind respectively.
Proteam Motorsport are just one step from winning the Teams‘ Trophy for the fourth time (previous victories in 2005, 2007, 2008). The Italian outfit lead from bamboo-engineering by 25 points, with 72 still to be awarded.
Zengö Dension Team’s Norbert Michelisz is close to being crowned the first WTCC Rookie Challenge champion. The Hungarian youngster was consistent in putting in strong performances throughout the season and tops the standings with 147 points. With 20 points still at stake, his rivals Fredy Barth and Michel Nykjær who have gaps of 17 and 18 points respectively, have only a slim chance left of catching him.