SEAT SPORT RETURNS TO BRAZIL FOR WTCC OPENER

SEAT Sport aims to tame the bumps of Brazil and win again at Curitiba

Having finished third in 2005 and second in 2006, SEAT Sport begins the 2007 FIA World Touring Car Championship on Sunday 11 March in Brazil with only one aim -- to go one better for the third consecutive season and win the Manufacturers' title for the first time. Curitiba is a fast, bumpy and difficult circuit, located on a plateau 932 metres above sea level, making it a spectacular venue to begin the new season. It will also see the first rolling start in the WTCC, with the second race remaining as a standing start. This format will be the same at all WTCC race meetings in 2007.

If last year's inaugural race in Brazil is an indication of what to expect this time around, then the nine-turn Curitiba circuit is a good place for SEAT Sport's challenge to start. Five SEAT Leons filled the top six places in the first race in 2006, with Jordi Gene (Spain) scoring victory and breaking the S2000 lap record. Gabriele Tarquini (Italy) made his Curitiba track debut with SEAT Sport last year, achieving 10 consecutive points-scoring finishes with a 4th and 5th in the two races.

Yvan Muller (France) raced with 55kgs of success ballast in 2006, but with 45kgs less he'll be aiming to find a good set-up and avoid the panel-damaging incidents which ruined his races in Brazil last year. WTCC rookie Michel Jourdain Jr (Mexico) is looking forward to making his touring car debut in Brazil, after a successful career in IRL, Champ Car and NASCAR racing.

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