YVAN MULLER AND GABRIELE TARQUINI CRASHED

Jordi Gene and Tiago Monteiro best positioned SEAT on the starting grid in Macau

[201109.jpg] The practice session of the WTCC's last round that will be raced next Sunday in Macau has been extremely difficult for the SEAT Sport team. The practices in Macau are traditionally held on Friday and after an excellent first session, in which the five SEAT managed to qualify for Q2, the definitive qualifying session with the ten fastest cars, Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini, the two title contenders, where hampered by an accident. They both had to be taken to hospital with minor injuries. Jordi Gene and Tiago Monteiro qualified fourth and fifth fastest as the best positioned SEAT for the first race on Sunday.

The accident sustained by Yvan and Gabriele happened as a consequence of the engine breakdown of James Thompson's Lada during Q1. In order to clean the oil that had been left on the track, the organisation used a lot of absorbing dust that remained on the track without any warning sign. After the start of Q2 the first participants raised a big cloud of dust that left Yvan Muller completely in the dark and made him crash against the protection barriers. Gabriele Tarquini was right behind him and could not avoid crashing against his team mate. Both drivers were taken to hospital, but the checks have not shown any fracture or serious injury, just some blows due to the accident.

With Rydell out due to a minor breakdown, SEAT's hopes were all pinned on Gene and Monteiro, who went onto the track to eventually set the fourth and fifth fastest time at the end of the session which was marked by a lack of light due to the delays. SEAT's options got complicated, but the aspirations are intact since the cars will be repaired without problems on Saturday. The goal of the team is to clinch one of the two titles that will be at stake on Sunday from five o'clock in the morning (CET).

-credit: seat