THE WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS IN ITALY Monza; the first World challenge for SEAT Sport After an intense winter of testing, the SEAT Sport team is getting ready to take on the challenge of winning the FIA World Touring Car ...
THE WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS IN ITALY
Monza; the first World challenge for SEAT Sport After an intense winter of testing, the SEAT Sport team is getting ready to take on the challenge of winning the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), starting in Monza on 9 and 10 April. To prepare for it, SEAT Sport has been carrying out a full-scale work schedule, taking the SEAT Toledo Cupra from the development stages to the track.
Since the 2004 ETCC finished in Dubai, the team has been working on new chassis and engine settings, aerodynamic improvements, new brakes and tyre- adapted suspension ratings.
All of these changes have been developed after testing on eight different circuits. The initial work was carried out in Spain at the Cheste, Jerez, Jarama and Albacete tracks, with special attention paid to the learning process of the team's newest driver, Peter Terting. The second phase of the winter testing took place at the Silverstone, Magny Cours, Monza and Imola circuits.
Championship races are scheduled to take place on each of these tracks, so it was essential to gather as much information as possible on them. The trip to Silverstone was especially useful, as the SEAT Sport team had never been there before. A total of 18 days were spent at the circuits, and the team chalked up more than 20,000 km of test driving under the close supervision of the team's technical staff, made up of about 30 members who joined the drivers at each venue.
Jordi Gene: "I'm really looking forward to this race because it is the first of the season, and although the Monza circuit is the toughest for us, we won't be holding anything back. We have to be ambitious to reach our goal -- we know our hard work is going to pay off."
Rickard Rydell: "It will be a highly competitive championship, but I'm very satisfied with all the winter testing we've put in. Despite the added competition, I'm convinced of our chances for victories and podium wins. Monza isn't the best of circuits for us - we'll be more competitive at others - so I'll be happy with whatever points we're able to score there."
Peter Terting: "I've never raced at Monza before; the pre-season testing there was my first contact with the circuit. It won't be easy, but we've got an excellent team and a wonderful car, so I'm sure at least one of us will finish in the top five. I'm not nervous now, but I'm sure I will be around starting time on day one!"