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ETCC: Barcelona Circuit de Catalunya according to Jordi Gene

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Spanish driver Jordi Gene, from Catalunya, will be driving for SEAT SPORT this year, at the wheel of the ...

Spanish driver Jordi Gene, from Catalunya, will be driving for SEAT SPORT this year, at the wheel of the #9 SEAT Toledo Cupra.

Gene (32) took part in the 2002 FIA ETCC at the wheel of a Ravaglia Motorsport BMW 320i; he was classified eighth in the Drivers Championship, with his best result being a third place at Donington Park.

"This is one of the best racetracks in Europe. You might think that I say so because it's my home track, but it's not -- as is proved by the number of days Formula One teams spend here for testing. Because of the weather, obviously, but also because this is one of the safest circuits around, and also one of the most demanding, both for the set-up and driving skills.

It is a complete racetrack. It has high-speed corners, in which a driver must be brave and able to handle the car. And it has slow corners in which set-up and smooth driving can make a lot of difference. It's important to have a powerful engine, because of the two long straights, but also because of the uphill section between the Wurth and the Campsa corners.

There are two overtaking points: the Elf corner at the bottom of the main straight, and La Caixa corner leading into the stadium. These are also the best viewing points for the spectators. Particularly the Elf, where you can see a lot overtaking during the race and where, in the first laps, groups of cars outbrake each other, with wheels smoking.

The most difficult point is the New Holland corner, which leads into the main straight. It is downhill and with a counter-slope. The FIA ETCC cars negotiate it in fourth gear at a speed of around 170 km/h. It's very easy to arrive too fast and miss the right line--"

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