Oschersleben: SEAT Sport qualifying report

Pole for Tarquini and great result for SEAT at the Oschersleben racetrack Three SEAT Leon, the diesel-powered of Gabriele Tarquini and Rickard Rydell and the petrol-powered of Marin Colak, will start tomorrow from the top three positions of the...

Pole for Tarquini and great result for SEAT at the Oschersleben racetrack

Three SEAT Leon, the diesel-powered of Gabriele Tarquini and Rickard Rydell and the petrol-powered of Marin Colak, will start tomorrow from the top three positions of the grid at the Oschersleben racetrack, where the World Touring Car Championship is holding its ninth meeting of the season. The SEAT Sport team achieved and excellent result today in an unpredictable qualifying session which was hampered by rain and in which Gabriele Tarquini made good use of his experience to clinch the pole position. Colak, in his best result in the WTCC so far and Rydell, took the places behind him.

The rainstorm that fell on the track only two minutes after the start of the first session was decisive for the outcome of the qualifying. Those drivers who were able to make one lap before the rain had a decisive advantage, since the wet track hampered any attempt to improve times, despite there being almost twenty-five minutes left for the end of the session. Yvan Muller (17th), Jordi Gene (22nd) and Tiago Monteiro (26th) were among those who could not make it to the next session.

During the second and decisive session, the track began to dry as the cars were lapping, leading to spectacular improvements. Gabriele Tarquini and Rickard Rydell made the best use of their experience and adequate team tactics to lead the classification from start to finish, clocking the fastest and third fastest times.

Marin Colak, at the wheel of his SEAT Leon WTCC, did not only lead the Independents' classification but also clinched a spectacular second position after an exceptional last lap, which he made almost at the time limit. Tom Coronel, on a petrol-powered SEAT as well, was overall 7th and 2nd fastest of the Independents, confirming the dominance of the two SEAT engines.

Gabriele Tarquini: "This pole has been achieved thanks to experience. I left the dry setting despite the rain and in the first lap of the second session I already noticed that it had been the right decision despite some fright. In my second try I went for all and this is how I managed to take this very important pole for me and for the team."

-credit: seat

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Rickard Rydell , Gabriele Tarquini , Jordi Gene , Marin Colak