Qualifying jinx returns to haunt SEAT Sport Today's qualifying session for Round 17 of the ETCC saw two of the three SEAT Sport Toledo Cupras lap within around six tenths of a second of the pole position time, but hopes of a SEAT occupying the...
Qualifying jinx returns to haunt SEAT Sport
Today's qualifying session for Round 17 of the ETCC saw two of the three SEAT Sport Toledo Cupras lap within around six tenths of a second of the pole position time, but hopes of a SEAT occupying the front place on the grid were dashed.
Frank Diefenbacher was fastest in the morning's second practice session with Rickard Rydell 4th quickest, but the team's incredible run of bad luck resumed in qualifying when an electrical fault limited Rydell to only 3 laps and Diefenbacher's car suffered brake failure.
Jordi Gene's two practice sessions, meanwhile, were marred by a mysterious handling problem that was eventually traced to a rogue set of tyres. Gene was then 7th quickest in qualifying and so will start the first of Sunday's two races just behind Diefenbacher, while a frustrated Rydell will start from 20th place on the grid.
Frank Diefenbacher (6th): "It was quite a big moment when I went off; I was in sixth gear when I pushed the brake pedal and nothing happened! After the two sessions this morning I expected to qualify higher than sixth, but it's not too bad because everyone's so close and anything can still happen. The start will be very important tomorrow and I'll be trying to make up a couple of places on the first lap."
Jordi Gene (7th): "It wasn't brilliant, but after all the problems this morning I'm quite positive. I think we'll have to wait and see what will happen tomorrow; the times are all very similar and so I know it'll be very close. It's also very difficult to overtake here in Oschersleben, so if I can hold on to seventh or eighth place in Race 1, that'll put me on the front row for Race 2 and then hopefully I can get a good result."
Rickard Rydell (20th): "My first lap wasn't too bad, but I got a misfire on the second and we couldn't find the problem in the time we had left. In Spa, Imola and now here I've been quick in practice and then something's happened in qualifying; I can't remember having so much bad luck in one season. Hopefully, we'll be able to fix the problem and then all I have to do is make up twelve places in Race 1 to start Race 2 on pole a tall order, but that won't stop me trying!"
Round 17 begins at 14.45 on Sunday, with Round 18 at 15.45. The finishing positions for Round 17 will dictate the grid for Round 18, with the top 8 run in reverse order.