Macau: SEAT Sport preview

SEAT Sport looks to end season on a high note The final two rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship take place on Sunday, November 20th around the streets of Macau in China and the SEAT Sport team is determined to end the season with ...

SEAT Sport looks to end season on a high note

The final two rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship take place on Sunday, November 20th around the streets of Macau in China and the SEAT Sport team is determined to end the season with another victory. Wins for Rickard Rydell at Silverstone and Peter Terting at Puebla in the Toledo Cupra and the stunning debut of the SEAT Sport Leon - culminating in Jordi Gene's victory in Valencia - mean that confidence is sky-high as the team faces one of its longest journeys of the year.

The only street circuit in the WTCC calendar is notoriously demanding and, crucially, the SEAT Sport team has plenty of experience of what to expect. Both Rydell and Gene have scored podium finishes in the famous Formula Three World Cup races at Macau - Rickard winning in 1992 and Jordi finishing 2nd the previous year - while SEAT Sport was one of only a handful of teams to compete in last year's non- championship touring car race at Macau. That experience should prove invaluable in the build-up to the two races this year, which will decide not only the two WTCC titles, but also the remainder of the top ten places in the Drivers' series. In addition, several successful test sessions following the Valencia races have continued the Leon's development still further.

Rickard Rydell: "Macau is one of my favourite circuits in the world and so I'm really looking forward to going back there. It hasn't changed that much in all the years it's been used and the history is something really special. The weekend is important for all of us; I can finish fourth in the Championship or ninth -- it all depends on Macau. For the first few sessions we'll have a slight advantage because we were there last year, but then by qualifying everyone should be more equal. We won't know for sure how good we'll be until we get there, but I think we'll definitely be on the pace."

Jordi Gene: "After Valencia, I have plenty of confidence with myself, with the car -- with everything, in fact! I really like Macau; every time I went there with a ‘Formula' car, I had a good result. It's a really demanding circuit and any mistake -- from you or from anyone else -- will be expensive. The twisty parts of the circuit should really suit us, but the straight is very long and we don't know how much time we'll lose there. Race 1 will be difficult to win, but with the reversed grid and the fact that it's tricky to overtake, we can win Race 2 for sure."

Peter Terting: "I have a really good feeling about Macau, after what we did in Valencia and the testing sessions afterwards, but it will be a little difficult for me because it's my first time there. I've seen some videos of the races and it looks quite a tricky circuit. It's also going to be tough to find a good set-up, because the grip changes from session to session. For sure, Rickard and Jordi will be able to help me, but the problem is that I don't have much time to learn the braking and accelerating points. If you make any mistakes in Macau, you're in the wall!"

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Series WTCC
Drivers Peter Terting , Rickard Rydell , Jordi Gene