Larini penalised, Farfus reprimanded

Nicola Larini and Augusto Farfus have felt the wrath of the stewards following the two World Touring Car races at the Oschersleben following two separate on-track incidents.

Of the two, Larini was punished most heavily, the Italian being handed an equivalent drive-through penalty of 30secs after being blamed for the accident that prevented Jaap Van Lagen and LADA scoring their first ever WTCC points.

Larini was attempting to pass the Dutchman on the final corner of the last lap when he was judged to have unfairly made contact with him, the impact sending the Priora into the gravel trap and down to 11th position.

Although no action was taken between the races, Larini loses his fifth place and has been demoted to 15th place. Even so, the Chevrolet driver was still able to take up his fourth position on the race two reverse grid, which he converted to a sixth place finish and three points.

Larini was also given a ten place grid drop for the next race, although this is suspended for three races.

Farfus, meanwhile, has been reprimanded after SEAT lodged a protest over his conduct whilst attempting to overtake Yvan Muller. However, a decision was made not to give him a penalty, meaning Farfus' fifth place – a position higher than where he finished following Larini's penalty – stands.

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Nicola Larini (ITA) Chevrolet Cruze
Tom Coronel, Roal Chevrolet [Credit: WTCC media]
Gabriele Tarquini, Lada, Moscow [Credit: WTCC media]
Nicky Catsburg, Lada, WTCC [Credit: WTCC media]
Nicky Catsburg, Lada, WTCC [Credit: WTCC media]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Gabriele Tarquini - LADA Vesta TC1
Nicky Catsburg - Lada Sport Vesta
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Alexandre Guillaumot]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing C-Elysee   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Francois Flammand]
Gabriele Tarquini - Lada Sport Vesta   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Alexandre Guillaumot]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: DPPI]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: DPPI]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing

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Rick B

September 07, 2009 12:28 PM

Pathetic move by Larini, this was more than just a tap, he completely bulldozered the Lada off the road. He's very lucky he was allowed into the second race, in my opion drivers who pull stunts like that should be send packing.

Smokin'Jo. - Unregistered

September 07, 2009 2:43 PM

Find the facts Richard,Farfus was given the official warning for hitting Muller on three separate occasions prior to the incident you describe.Larini was quite correctly penalised for what was one of the most blatant pushes I have witnessed.That his penalty is so light is the real crime however and the fact that the decision was not made before the start of the second race allowing him to take up his grid slot at the front sums up much of what many of us now feel about the level of policing of motorsport.

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