ETCC: Brno: SEAT Sport preview

SEAT Sport looks to build on German successes Following the most successful weekend so far for SEAT Sport in the FIA European Touring Car Championship, the series next heads for the Czech Republic for a pair of races on Sunday May...

SEAT Sport looks to build on German successes Following the most successful weekend so far for SEAT Sport in the FIA European Touring Car Championship, the series next heads for the Czech Republic for a pair of races on Sunday May 30th.

Hockenheim saw SEAT Toledo Cupras on pole position for both races, while Jordi Gené scored the team's first podium finish of the season. Despite the fact that Gené will be carrying 10kg of “success ballast” for the two races, hopes are high that the team's performance in Germany is a sign of even better things to come.

The Brno circuit hosts Rounds 9 and 10 of the ETCC and all three SEAT Sport drivers are confident that the circuit will suit the Toledo.

Last year's races saw both Gené and Frank Diefenbacher set respectable qualifying times, with Jordi going on to score a point in Race 2. This year's visit to the Czech Republic marks the end of an intense period of activity - 8 races in just 6 weeks - with the SEAT Sport team witnessing improvements to their performance at each event, culminating with Gené's historic pole at Hockenheim.

Rickard Rydell: "I'm really looking forward to going back to Brno; I qualified on the front row there when I drove for Volvo and I really like the circuit. It's quite challenging and I don't know how the Toledo is going to go there, but I'm hopeful that it'll be at least as good as at Hockenheim! Ever since our test the day after the Magny Cours races, I think we've been making big steps in the right direction. I was right on the pace at Hockenheim, even though the balance didn't feel quite right in the second race."

Jordi Gené: "I was at SEAT Sport this week and there's still a real buzz among the team after Hockenheim; the performance was a huge boost for team morale. We know we can't be on the podium every weekend, but we've shown that we can get good results at the circuits that suit us. For me, Brno is a very good circuit; last year, I was fighting with the Alfas there and we'll be looking for another good result this year. The last section may not suit us, but the downhill section and the Esses should make us very competitive."

Frank Diefenbacher: "I think Brno will be a very good circuit for SEAT. It's quite a twisty circuit and, with our improved set-up, it's a circuit where we should do well. The twisty part should be good, although the uphill section might not suit the car as much. Another podium would be great, but I'll be happy to settle for points. We've also got a test planned after Brno and that should really help me work on my race set-up. I think the results have shown that I'm pretty happy with my set-up for qualifying!"

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