ETCC: Donington: SEAT preview

SEAT Sport target the podium's top step in the UK As the 2004 FIA European Touring Car Championship enters the second half of the season, the series heads for Donington Park for its only visit of the year to the United Kingdom and a pair of...

SEAT Sport target the podium's top step in the UK

As the 2004 FIA European Touring Car Championship enters the second half of the season, the series heads for Donington Park for its only visit of the year to the United Kingdom and a pair of races on June 27th. All three SEAT Sport drivers are in confident mood after the team's best-ever performance during the previous race weekend at Brno - two pole positions and two podium finishes - and are all determined to improve on the 2nd place recorded by Rickard Rydell at the Czech circuit.

For Rydell, fresh from a GTS podium finish at Le Mans, Donington holds special memories - it's the circuit that saw his first victory in the British Touring Car Championship in 1995 - while both Jordi Gené and Frank Diefenbacher have fond memories of the circuit from their days competing in single-seaters. Following the races at Brno, a successful test at the Albacete circuit in Spain saw all three drivers carry out development work, with all three proclaiming themselves to be very satisfied with progress.

Rickard Rydell: "I'm really looking forward to going back to the UK, where I've got a lot of friends from my days in the BTCC. I also really like Donington Park; there are lots of long, sweeping bends that should suit the Toledo. Obviously, we'll only find out how good we are when we get there, but I can't see any reasons why we shouldn't be as quick as we were at Hockenheim and Brno. We learned quite a bit about the car's set-up at Albacete, but a team could test 3 days a week and the drivers would still want more!"

Jordi Gené: "Although Donington wasn't that kind to us last year, we found some solutions to the problems we had there last year at the test at Albacete. I raced at Donington when I was doing Formula Ford and Formula 3; in fact, I lived in England for four and a half years, so it's like a second home to me. I think it should be a good circuit for us; we should certainly be fighting to be on pole again and for podium finishes."

Frank Diefenbacher: "The track at Donington hasn't really changed since I was racing there when I was 17 and I really like it. I also lived not far away when I raced in England. My aim is to score points and to continue to improve the car - Donington was a good race for me last year and the test identified a few areas that we need to work on. I'm very happy with the first half of this season and we've shown that we can be quick almost everywhere, not just at one or two circuits."

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Drivers Frank Diefenbacher , Rickard Rydell , Jordi Gene