SEAT keeps the leadership of the WTCC The eighth meeting of the WTCC at the Oschersleben circuit has been difficult for the SEAT Sport team, having to stand the effects of the additional ballast carried by the SEAT Leon TDI. However, the team ...
SEAT keeps the leadership of the WTCC
The eighth meeting of the WTCC at the Oschersleben circuit has been difficult for the SEAT Sport team, having to stand the effects of the additional ballast carried by the SEAT Leon TDI. However, the team managed to score important points, allowing them to keep the leadership in both championships. Tiago Monteiro and Jordi Gene finished on fourth position in the first and second race respectively, while Tom Coronel was second in the second race at the wheel of his SEAT Leon WTCC.
In the first race Gabriele Tarquini, starting from the front row of the grid, had mechanical problems that set him back as the laps went by. Tiago Monteiro and Jordi Gene took over in the pursuit of the leaders, but they were already too far in the back, and decided to go for a defensive race. Yvan Muller went shortly off the track, thus loosing any chance to get into the points.
Tiago Monteiro and Rickard Rydell were the victims of turn one in the second race, whilst Tom Coronel, and his SEAT Leon WTCC, were able to move up to second, behind Felix Porteiro (BMW). They were followed by Gene, who made an excellent race, standing the attacks from Huff (Chevrolet) first and later from Farfus and Priaulx (BMW). Only the Chevrolet driver was able to pass him, while Farfus hit him more than once, though unable to upset Gene, who kept an important fourth position for the team.
Further in the back, Yvan Muller made an excellent race, fighting for the points from the beginning, although he was finally not able to avoid Priaulx. However, he managed to finish eighth, thus scoring one point for the championship, something that might be extremely valuable at the end of the season.
Tom Coronel made one of his best races, moving up in the first race from the back of the grid to seventh, and making good use of his front row start in the second race to get on the second step if the podium, thus achieving his best result in the WTCC with SEAT.
Jaime Puig, SEAT Sport Director: "Considering the circumstances under which we have raced, with our car carrying a lot of ballast, we have defended ourselves as well as we could. And the team has been working very hard to take us to the leading positions. Our options are intact in both championships, since we keep the leaderships in both of them. I'd like to congratulate Tom Coronel for his race and the podium finish he achieved".