Imola: SEAT Sport preview

IMOLA Spirits high as SEAT Sport heads for San Marino No sooner had the SEAT Sport team recorded its stunning 1-2 result at Silverstone than thoughts began to turn to the next two rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, the "Race of...

IMOLA Spirits high as SEAT Sport heads for San Marino

No sooner had the SEAT Sport team recorded its stunning 1-2 result at Silverstone than thoughts began to turn to the next two rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, the "Race of San Marino" at Imola on May 29th.

The busiest period of the entire season - six races in the space of just five weekends - has so far seen the team record that historic result, all its drivers score points and the Leon WTCC, the successor to the Toledo Cupra, make its debut at the Barcelona Motor Show. Confidence is high that the two San Marino races will see SEAT Sport add even more successes to that list.

Rickard Rydell's win in the United Kingdom means he'll start with 35kg of "success ballast", although both Jordi Gene and Peter Terting will have no such handicap.

In addition, Imola is the second of three race meetings at which SEAT Sport UK driver Jason Plato will join the WTCC team and his strong second place at Silverstone suggests that Jason will also be a force to be reckoned with in San Marino.

Rickard Rydell: "I think we should be very competitive in Imola; it'll be difficult for me to qualify well with the extra 35kg, but in the races I'll be aiming to score some more points. There's an excellent chance for a SEAT to finish high up, let alone win. We're a really strong team; as we saw during the winter, the testing times showed that all of us were really close and any of us could do well."

Jordi Gene: "Imola is the third of the circuits which should suit the Toledo and, with all the weight handicaps the others are carrying this year, we have a very good chance; if you look back to last year, the Alfas seemed to be the cars to beat and we've shown that we're equal to them this year. All four of the SEAT Sport cars should be very competitive. We're all capable of podium finishes and, depending on what happens, even another victory."

Peter Terting: "Imola should again be a very good track for us; like Magny-Cours, it's a circuit where the straights aren't too long and there are lots of changes in direction. Our test there went well and it seems that anyone carrying 60kg of ballast at Imola will struggle a little. I must say that I have a really good feeling after Silverstone plus, of course, I'm not carrying any ballast so I think I can do really well."

Jason Plato: "The whole team performed incredibly well at Silverstone and it was a joy to be involved. I'm very much looking forward to Imola; I've been to watch the Grand Prix, but I've never actually raced there. The circuit is steeped in motor racing history, so I'm absolutely thrilled to be going there to compete. I'm going to Imola with the same thoughts as Silverstone -- to do the best I can and to help SEAT Sport achieve the best result possible."

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Series WTCC
Drivers Jason Plato , Peter Terting , Rickard Rydell , Jordi Gene