Monza: Seat Sport preview

SEAT Sport is competing at a decisive race in Monza The SEAT Sport team is getting ready for the upcoming World Touring Car Championship meeting being held next weekend in Monza, backed by the strength of eight wins to date, the last of which...

SEAT Sport is competing at a decisive race in Monza

The SEAT Sport team is getting ready for the upcoming World Touring Car Championship meeting being held next weekend in Monza, backed by the strength of eight wins to date, the last of which was achieved at the previous race in Imola.

The second meeting in Italy is taking place on a track where the SEAT Leon TDI won both races last year, and so, in theory, it is advantageous to SEAT Sport's purpose. This meeting will be a good opportunity to consolidate their lead in both championships; with their sights set on making it to the last two races of the season with a sufficient gap in order to clinch the championship title on Asian soil.

However, the weight differences between this season and last year have the team on their toes this time around, in anticipation of checking their car's competitiveness on the track as well as their opponents'. One important fact is that according to the rules, the current drivers' championship leader, SEAT driver Yvan Muller, must carry the additional 70 kg of ballast until the end of the season without any possibility of lowering that amount.

The WTCC rules stipulate that the maximum extra weight according to results is 70 kg, but also state that each driver must carry an additional 1 kg for every point scored. Muller now has a total of 82 points, so the 70 kg will be definitive for him at the last three WTCC meetings. Gabriele Tarquini is only two points away, while Rydell is at eight. Of SEAT's main rivals in the drivers' championship, Robert Huff (61 points) and especially Andy Priaulx (55) could still lighten the burden on their cars if they do not score good results.

In the manufacturers' championship, SEAT's 34 point gap over BMW is far from definitive, since the maximum any single brand can score is still 108 points (the best two results of each race multiplied by six races), so the team's goal is to keep working hard right up until the end of the championship.

Yvan Muller, SEAT driver: "I'm going to be driving one of the cars on the grid with the most ballast. It's no surprise as I've been doing this at the last WTCC meetings. Driving such a heavy car is going to be a problem for the brakes on such a fast track as well as braking itself, but that doesn't stop me from being confident of getting good results. Besides, we'll have a great chance of scoring important points in Monza for the manufacturers' championship if things go as well for us as they did last year."

Jordi Gene, SEAT driver: "I'm optimistic about the race. We have a good car and a good chance of winning on a track we like. However, the races are going to be a lot more difficult than last year because our rivals are closer to us. Chevrolet is the fastest car and the rest are close behind. Monza may just be a turning point in the championship in terms of going for the world title. If we finish there with the same advantage as we have now, we'll have a terrific chance at winning the manufacturers' title."

-credit: seat

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Yvan Muller , Gabriele Tarquini , Jordi Gene