BMW protests against diesels

The results of the latest World Touring Car Championships race in Morocco – as well as the championship standings – remain suspended after BMW lodged a protest against the SEAT Leon TDi.

BMW Team Germany lodged the appeal on behalf of the three BMW national teams following the second race of the weekend at the new Marrakech street circuit, with the German marque seeking 'clarification of the technical regulations regarding the precise definition of the maximum boost pressure of 2.5 bar in the turbo-diesel engines'.

The turbo boost on the diesel cars had been imposed this season in an effort to equalise the performance between the diesel and petrol cars this season, with complaints having been raised all through 2008 regarding the performance of the Leon TDi against its rivals.

As a result of the protest, the Moroccan results will remain suspended pending technical checks of the cars of Yvan Muller, Gabriele Tarquini, Jordi Gene and Tiago Monteiro.

Rickard Rydell's car will not undergo checks as it failed to take the start of race two following the damage sustained in race one.

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Jordi Gene - SEAT Leon TDi [Pic credit: FIA WTCC]
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Gabriele Tarquini (ITA), Castrol Honda, WTCC [Credit: Castrol Honda PR]
Franz Engstler - Liqui Moly BMW 320si [credit: FIA WTCC]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing C-Elysee [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
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Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing C-Elysee [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Sebastien Loeb - Citroen Racing C-Elysee [credit: FIA WTCC]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
John Filippi - Campos SEAT Leon [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Hugo Valente - Campos Chevrolet Cruze [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
James Thompson - LADA Granta TC1 [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Gabriele Tarquini - Honda Racing Civic [credit: FIA WTCC]
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Tiago Monteiro - Honda Racing Civic [credit: FIA WTCC]
Norbert Michelisz - Zengo Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC]

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Gaara - Unregistered

May 04, 2009 10:31 PM

Good for BMW, having had all their own hard work reigned in by the forever whinging SEAT, it's about time BMW bit back. All the rule changes have been at the behest of SEAT who built an uncompetative car and whinged that BMW had built a better one then they had. There's a reason SEAT left the BTCC, Alan Gow wouldn't bow into their quit threats if rules weren't made changed to make their cars better.

Who Cares - Unregistered

May 05, 2009 8:13 AM

Gaara, it's not specific to SEAT, it's the whole VAG group, like Audi whinging all the time in ALMS when their diesels were beaten by the small LMP2 Porsche. These people do not practice sport, they buy a marketing tool and whinge until they get the rules that make them look good. Diesels should NEVER be winning against petrols anyway, as it's a weaker technology in terms of power output. Get back to the ancient rules: same capacity, same rules, and if the diesels are that good, we'll see who wins. But as long as the rules with authorize 2litres turbodiesels against 2litres aspirated petrols, that will not be a championship, just a show. Boycott the WTCC and LMS is the only answer

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