Oschersleben: SEAT Sport preview

THE WTCC AND EUROCUP MEETS THIS WEEKEND IN GERMANY The countdown begins for SEAT at the World Touring Car Championship The WTCC is being held in Germany next 6 September, signalling the beginning of the final portion of the championship, with ...

THE WTCC AND EUROCUP MEETS THIS WEEKEND IN GERMANY The countdown begins for SEAT at the World Touring Car Championship

The WTCC is being held in Germany next 6 September, signalling the beginning of the final portion of the championship, with venues in Oschersleben, Imola, Okayama and Macau. For SEAT, the upcoming races signal the start of the countdown to try and win both last year's world titles.The Oschersleben track is one of the most difficult and demanding venues for SEAT Sport, and the challenge faced by the team is to re-think their objectives. During the summer testing the team worked hard on finding the best settings for the qualifying session, in order to get the best grid positions for greater tactical options. The first step for winning is to have the best possible classifying results.Jaime Puig, SEAT Sport director: "As a result of the changes introduced by the FIA Bureau to the technical rules, our cars aren't driving at the same pace as at the beginning of the season. We'll have to work hard to overcome this handicap, and teamwork is going to be even more essential than ever to maintain our leadership until the end."The goal for the remaining races is to avoid making mistakes, since there is increasingly less time to correct them. The championship is winding down to the final, so it is getting more exciting, but at the same time it means greater tension and consequently more responsibility is required.

Xavi Serra, chief race engineer: "We are no doubt faced with a huge challenge going into the final races of the championship. So much so, that our main priority is to get five of the team's cars into the second qualifying session. For this reason, part of the preparation work over the summer in Zolder and Magny Cours focussed on finding the best settings to give the Le0x00f3n TDI the best performance possible in the qualifying sessions."

Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini lead the championship with a five-point spread between them, but with Augusto Farfus only a single point behind the Italian. Rickard Rydell is fourth overall, with Tiago Monteiro and Jordi Gen0x00e9 also within the first ten drivers. SEAT has a ten-point advantage over BMW in the manufacturers' classification, but in both cases it is only a small lead.

Yvan Muller: "This last part of the season beginning in Germany is going to be exciting for everyone, but at the same time I think it's going to be tough for the SEAT team; even tougher than last year since we're all so evenly matched. I'm ready to defend my world title, and I'm going to do my best, as always, to win again."Gabriele Tarquini: "This situation is very similar to last year, and I'm sure the decisive championship race will be the last one, in Macao. My dream would be to vie for the championship victory together with my team-mate Yvan Muller, but this year Augusto Farfus is stronger than ever and could be the driver to beat. As far as the tracks are concerned, the SEAT Le0x00f3n is very comfortable in Imola and Macao. And the BMWs might be really fast in Oschersleben and Okayama."

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Yvan Muller , Augusto Farfus , Rickard Rydell , Gabriele Tarquini , Jaime Puig