Spa WTCC: Dusan Borkovic and Tiago Monteiro take grid drops
|By Peter Mills||Saturday, June 21st 2014, 18:58 GMT|
Campos racer Dusan Borkovic and factory Honda driver Tiago Monteiro will be demoted from their provisional qualifying positions for the opening World Touring Car Championship race at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday.
Serbian Borkovic, who qualified 11th, will start from the back of the grid after electing to make an engine change on his Campos Chevrolet Cruze.
"I was really dissatisfied with qualifying," said Borkovic. "My first two sectors in Q2 put me on course for P4, I had a really great chance of getting into Q3, when I had a problem at the Bus Stop. I am not sure what happened. I thought I braked in the normal place but the car went straight.
"Even if the car should have been fast I also felt a slight issue with engine. So I think it could be a good time to change the engine now as it's a weekend where we're not going to be at the front."
Provisional sixth-place qualifier Monteiro serves a five-place grid penalty at Spa for causing avoidable contact with Tom Chilton in the preceding Moscow meeting. Borkovic's penalty promotes Monteiro to 10th.
Hungaroring winner Gianni Morbidelli's reversed-grid pole for race two is unaffected by the changes.
Revised race one grid: Pos Driver Team/Car 1. Yvan Muller Citroen 2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen 3. Jose Maria Lopez Citroen 4. Hugo Valente Campos Chevrolet 5. Gabriele Tarquini Honda 6. Norbert Michelisz Zengo Honda 7. Tom Coronel ROAL Chevrolet 8. Mehdi Bennani Proteam Honda 9. Gianni Morbidelli Munnich Chevrolet 10. Tiago Monteiro Honda 11. Tom Chilton ROAL Chevrolet 12. Rob Huff Lada 13. Ma Qing Hua Citroen 14. Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lada 15. James Thompson Lada 16. Rene Munnich Munnich Chevrolet 17. Franz Engstler Engstler BMW* 18. Pasquale Di Sabatino Engstler BMW* 19. John Filippi Campos SEAT* 20. Norbert Nagy Campos SEAT* 21. Dusan Borkovic Campos Chevrolet * TC2