SEAT Sport prepares for "home" race in Mexico Following the intensity of three race meetings in five weeks, the FIA World Touring Car Championship is currently enjoying a four-week break before the next two rounds in Mexico on June 26th. For...
SEAT Sport prepares for "home" race in Mexico Following the intensity of three race meetings in five weeks, the FIA World Touring Car Championship is currently enjoying a four-week break before the next two rounds in Mexico on June 26th.
For the SEAT Sport team, the race meeting at the "Autodromo Miguel E Abed" will feel like a true "home away from home", since the circuit is close to the Volkswagen Group's giant Puebla factory and the Mexican market is a hugely important one for SEAT.
In addition, there is an extensive programme of press conferences and media interviews awaiting the drivers, so keen is the interest ahead of the first WTCC races to be held outside Europe. A late inclusion in the SEAT Sport squad is Jason Plato, who will make the trip to Mexico as a reward for his performances in both the BTCC and WTCC.
Just as in Imola, Rickard Rydell will compete with 35kgs of "success ballast" aboard his Toledo Cupra, with both Plato and Jordi Gene carrying 5kgs apiece. Peter Terting will be the only SEAT Sport driver to run without any ballast and the young German is confident of taking full advantage of that fact.
Rickard Rydell: "Mexico is the first event of the year outside Europe and I'm really looking forward to it; after all, having World Championship status means competing all over the world, not just in Europe. I don't know much about the track, but I understand it's not that fast and so it should suit us. We've been quick everywhere apart from Monza, so we should be competitive again, but the ballast means that I have no realistic chance of winning and so I'll be looking for points in both races."
Jordi Gene: "I think Puebla will be a great challenge for us. For a start, it will be like being in Spain, because of the language and the welcome we'll get! SEAT Mexico are really looking forward to us going there, which will make everything that much easier. The circuit is brand new so we don't know how we will get on, although at least it's the same for everyone. I don't know what effect the ballast will have, but for sure it will be better carrying five kilogrammes than fifty!"
Peter Terting: "The lack of ballast will help me for sure; five kilos is not so much, but there's a huge difference between me and some of the others. Remember, we will also have less horsepower because of the altitude, so weight may be even more important than usual. I also have a very good feeling about Mexico. I seem to be taking a few steps forward at every race; at Imola, I finished both races and scored some points and I'll be trying to do even better at Puebla."
Jason Plato: "One of the nicest things about being a racing driver is the chance to compete on events like this; I've only ever been to Mexico on holiday and so I'm really excited about going there to race. The ten-place penalty I picked up at Imola will make it tough to get a good result in Race 1 and experience says that Race 2 is where a good result will come from, but you never know what will happen and so I'm really looking forward to the weekend."