Istanbul: SEAT Sport qualifying notes

Four of the best for SEAT Sport in Turkey Round 15 of the 2005 FIA World Touring Car Championship will see no fewer than four SEATs starting in the top 9 grid positions. After today's 30-minute qualifying session, Stephane Ortelli, driving a ...

Four of the best for SEAT Sport in Turkey

Round 15 of the 2005 FIA World Touring Car Championship will see no fewer than four SEATs starting in the top 9 grid positions. After today's 30-minute qualifying session, Stephane Ortelli, driving a SEAT Toledo Cupra, heads the SEAT Sport contingent in 5th place on the grid, with Peter Terting, Jordi Gene and Rickard Rydell all qualifying within around two-tenths of a second of each other.

Ortelli, who only made his debut for the SEAT France/Oreca team in Germany 3 weeks ago, has the advantage of being free of any "success ballast", while all of the "factory" drivers are carrying extra weight. The Toledos of Terting and Rydell are handicapped by 10kgs and 35kgs respectively, while Gene's new Leon is carrying an extra 5kgs.

Like Ortelli, the SEAT Sport Leon also made its first appearance in the WTCC at Oschersleben and so Jordi's 8th position -- at a circuit not expected to suit the car -- continues a string of encouraging performances. The brand new Otodrom circuit in Istanbul Park provided a stiff challenge for all the teams, with teams running rear wheel drive cars in particular finding it tough to find a good qualifying set-up.

Peter Terting (6th): "That was not so bad! It's important here to get a 'tow' from the car in front and all of us were trying really hard to do that; it was difficult but I think that, for me, it was okay. I'll try to hold position in Race 1 and stay in the top six and then see what I can do in Race 2, but the second race is always harder and more risky and the important thing for all of us this weekend is to score some points. It's been difficult to find the right set-up, but I think the performance is okay now."

Jordi Gene (8th): "After thinking that I wouldn't be so fast here, that actually went quite well -- I could have been in the top six, for sure, and the car is getting better all the time. As far as the Leon is concerned, this and Monza are the two weakest circuits because of the long straights and so to be eighth gives me a real chance in the races. Okay, maybe it's not realistic to be thinking of winning with the Leon just yet, but a good result this weekend is more than possible."

Rickard Rydell (9th): "In performance terms, and considering I'm carrying so much ballast, I think I'm right where we thought I'd be. We have a good race set-up now and my aim is to score points in both races. As far as the Championship is concerned, it's quite positive that - at the moment at least - it looks as though the BMWs will suffer a little tomorrow. I could do with scoring some points and closing the gap to some of the guys ahead of me."

Round 15 begins at 16.15 on Sunday, with Round 16 at 17.20 (local time). The finishing positions for Round 15 will dictate the grid for Round 16, with the top 8 run in reverse order.

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Series WTCC
Drivers Stéphane Ortelli , Peter Terting , Rickard Rydell , Jordi Gene