SEAT Sport to race three Leóns in Spain SEAT Sport will celebrate its home rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship by fielding an all-new León line-up for the first time. Jordi Gené was given the honour of racing the stunning new touring car in Oschersleben and Istanbul and now, at the Ricardo Tormo circuit near Valencia on Sunday 2nd October, his SEAT Sport team-mates, Rickard Rydell and Peter Terting, will also compete in the new León in Rounds 17 and 18 of the world series.
Despite the fact that the car is still in the early stages of its development, the León has already shown itself to be competitive. Jordi scored points in both races at Oschersleben, including a 4th place in Race 2, while Istanbul saw Gené qualify the car in 8th place on the grid. Only four rounds of the 2005 WTCC remain and Rickard Rydell is currently in 6th place in the Drivers' Championship, just 25 points behind the series leader. With a possible maximum of 40 points still on offer, Rickard and the SEAT Sport team are confident that the Swedish driver will climb further up the points table before the season ends in Macau in late November.
SEAT Sport is also in a strong 3rd place in the Manufacturers' Championship and hopes are high that the twisty Valencia track will see the trio of Leóns score more vital points for the team. In addition, the SEAT Sport team is pleased to support the Toledo Cupra entry of Marc Carol. The 20 year old from Sabadell will drive at Valencia as part of his prize for winning the Spanish SEAT León Supercopa series last year.
Rickard Rydell: "Jordi's already shown that the SEAT Sport León has the pace, and so I'm looking forward to making my debut with the car. It's also going to be great to compete in SEAT's home race, in front of the Spanish fans and our guests. We plan to test the new car one last time in the couple of days immediately before the Valencia races, to make some final preparations, and we hope to be able to decide on the kind of set-up we want then."
Jordi Gené: "I'm really looking forward to Valencia for a number of reasons; it's my home race, it's the team's home race and it should really suit the León. After all the work we've already done at Oschersleben and Istanbul, we've been progressing quite well -- even at Istanbul, where we didn't expect the car to be so competitive. It was important that my team-mates joined me in driving the León as soon as possible, so that they can help in developing the car."
Peter Terting: "I know Valencia quite well and it's a circuit I really like; I think it should be very good for the new car. The straights are not so long and so we should do well there. It's important for both myself and the team that I score points, so I think I need to have a steady first race and try to finish in the top eight and then I can afford to really go for it in Race 2! All of us have a good chance to finish on the podium, for sure, if not challenge to win one of the races."