A frustrating Silverstone for SEAT Sport Round 5 of the 2005 FIA World Touring Car Championship will see Germany's Peter Terting head the SEAT Sport challenge by starting from 5th place on the grid. Terting's best ever qualifying performance for...
A frustrating Silverstone for SEAT Sport
Round 5 of the 2005 FIA World Touring Car Championship will see Germany's Peter Terting head the SEAT Sport challenge by starting from 5th place on the grid. Terting's best ever qualifying performance for the Spanish team was marred, however, by a mistake on his last "flying" lap of the Silverstone circuit which cost Peter the chance of starting from the front row of the grid.
The 30-minute session was also frustrating for the team's other drivers, for a number of reasons. British Touring Car Championship regular Jason Plato, making his debut for the WTCC team on "home soil", qualified 7th after encountering traffic towards the end of his best lap, while Rickard Rydell suffered a number of disappointments on his way to qualifying in 8th position.
Unluckiest of all was Jordi Gene, who began the session on tyres that had been set to the wrong pressures. A swift change to a fresh set improved matters, but Gene's confidence had been dented and he could only manage the 10th fastest time.
Peter Terting (5th): "Naturally, I'm pleased that it's my best qualifying position and that I'm the best of the SEAT drivers, but I'm a little angry at myself. On my last quick lap, the split times show that I was 4/10 of a second faster than my best lap but I locked the wheels under braking and went off slightly. Without that, I think I would have been second or even on pole. I'll do my best to keep fifth place tomorrow, but I'll also be trying to improve on that!"
Jason Plato (7th): "It was pretty good, considering I didn't really get the best from my tyres and I ran into some traffic at the end of my quickest lap; the data said I was on course to be third or fourth. I have to think tactically for tomorrow; of course, I'll do what I can in both races, although I can afford to take a few risks while those around me will need to be a little more cautious."
Rickard Rydell (8th): "I'm very disappointed; qualifying normally gives the best from the car, but this time I think there's a lot more to come. My best time was actually set despite a mistake -- I caught a car and ran a little wide. I then tried to improve on that, but hit a kerb and lost a few tenths. After that, my tyres were gone. I'm just aiming to score some points in Race 1 and hopefully get a good grid position for race 2."
Jordi Gene (10th): "What can I say -- it was a disaster! My first set of tyres was set to the wrong pressures and so the car was undriveable. The second set was then fine, but my confidence had really been shaken and I think that's what cost me a few tenths of a second. So, like Magny-Cours, Race 2 will be more important for me, but it will be very difficult to finish 8th in Race 1; I've got BMWs all around me."
Round 5 begins at 15.10 on Sunday, with Round 6 at 16.15. The finishing positions for Round 5 will dictate the grid for Round 6, with the top 8 run in reverse order.