Pau: Seat Sport preview

SEAT Sport is ready to tear up the streets of Pau The fourth FIA World Touring Car Championship meeting is taking place this weekend on the historic urban circuit of the city of Pau, one of the most traditional venues of European motor racing.

SEAT Sport is ready to tear up the streets of Pau

The fourth FIA World Touring Car Championship meeting is taking place this weekend on the historic urban circuit of the city of Pau, one of the most traditional venues of European motor racing. SEAT Sport will make it to the French meeting as leaders in the manufacturers' classification with current World Champion Yvan Muller as the leading driver.

The Pau circuit is well-known for its narrow lay-out, which makes passing extremely difficult. Therefore the starting position will be crucial for getting good results, and the SEAT Sport drivers are determined to pay close attention to the settings during the practice sessions to ensure the best scores. Yvan Muller, SEAT's driver who will be competing on home soil, knows perfectly well that this is the key to succeeding this weekend. "The Pau circuit is an urban track, so getting the pole position is essential, even more that at other venues", said Muller. "Starting from pole position or somewhere from the front line means half the battle is won, considering that the first race has a rolling start. Besides, I think all the competitors are very evenly matched for this weekend's event. Chevrolet showed what they're made of in Marrakech and BMW have always raced well in Pau."

Besides the five official SEAT Sport drivers, Jordi Gene, Yvan Muller, Tiago Monteiro, Rickard Rydell and Gabriele Tarquini, five other SEAT Leon TFSI units will be raced in Pau, three from the Sunred team (Tom Coronel, Tom Boardman and Eric Cayrolle), the private competitor Marin Colak and repeat performer Medhi Bennani from Morocco, who put on a great performance in Marrakech with Team Exagon's car.

All the ballast weights have been recalculated after the race in Marrakech, based on the results of the last three meetings (Brazil, Mexico and Morocco). The SEAT Leon TDI has been used as the benchmark, but both the BMW 320si and the Chevrolet Cruze will get the same ballast weight of 40 kg. The other models (Lada 110, SEAT Leon WTCC and Zanardi's BMW) will have their ballast reduced by 20 kg.

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tom Coronel , Yvan Muller , Eric Cayrolle , Rickard Rydell , Gabriele Tarquini , Jordi Gene , Marin Colak