Pau: Beltoise pre debut shakedown

SHAKE DOWN FOR BELTOISE Grand Prix winner's son to make WTCC debut in a SEAT Leon Anthony Beltoise, the son of Formula 1 Grand Prix winner Jean-Pierre Beltoise, will make his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut at Pau at the wheel of an ...

SHAKE DOWN FOR BELTOISE
Grand Prix winner's son to make WTCC debut in a SEAT Leon

Anthony Beltoise, the son of Formula 1 Grand Prix winner Jean-Pierre Beltoise, will make his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut at Pau at the wheel of an Exagon Racing team SEAT Leon. It is not Beltoise first touring car race, however, as he won the 1999 24 Hours of Spa at the wheel of a Super Production Peugeot 306 Gti.

Beltoise shook his SEAT down at the Pau-Arnos racetrack recently, just a few kilometres away from the Pau street circuit that will host Rounds 7 and 8 of the WTCC on Sunday.

"The car requires a special driving finesse, and this won't be easy to do on the streets of Pau," said the Frenchman. "I was especially impressed by the gearbox, which is quick and precise in shifting."

Beltoise's car will be run by Luc Marchetti's Exagon Racing, alongside that of the team's regular driver Pier-Yves Corthals. The SEAT will be equipped with on-board cameras in order to give viewers the best possible inside look at a WTCC race during the live broadcast on TF1, and the driver will be permanently linked via radio to journalist Thomas Senecal at the studio.

"I like the WTCC and never miss the races on TV. This was a great present I received from TF1, Eurosport and SEAT France," commented Beltoise.

Beltoise will have a little more time than normal to qualify his SEAT Leon, as this weekend's qualifying session will be held for the first time on the extended duration of 45 minutes, from 15.00 to 15.45 local time. This means an extra 15 minutes compared to the usual 30 minutes.

Longer qualifying sessions will also take place later in the season at Porto and Macau. This change has been introduced in order to limit the problems that might occur on street circuits, like last year in Macau, when two red flags and a shower of rain limited the drivers to only two flying laps.

-credit: seat/wtcc

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