ETCC: Donington: Volvo preview

Volvos look to Donington for win. After the heat of Sicily, the LG Super Racing Weekend series is moving northwards, to the British track of Donington Park. The circuit, 4.023 km long, is a favourite with teams, drivers and spectators ...

Volvos look to Donington for win.

After the heat of Sicily, the LG Super Racing Weekend series is moving northwards, to the British track of Donington Park. The circuit, 4.023 km long, is a favourite with teams, drivers and spectators alike. Situated next to British Midland airport, the track has a good mix of fast and slow corners, and a number of changes of elevation - a big change from the flat, fast Pergusa circuit that was an event to forget for the Volvo team

The S60 is much more suited to the Donington track and the team has high hopes for a good result here. Optimism of a beneficial circuit needs to be balanced with the new threat from Alfa Romeo. Having introduced touring car ace Roberto Colciago to the Nordauto team at the last race, the Italian squad has now added Gabriele Tarquini - Rydell's former BTCC rival to their line-up.

Rickard Rydell:

"I'm looking forward to returning to Donington. I feel really at home here - you could perhaps call it my second home as I've raced here more than in Sweden. I think that we'll perform better here than at Pergusa because of the circuit. It will still be tough to beat the Alfas and BMWs though. Perhaps we can make it onto the podium - especially without the success ballast that we had for the last three events."

James Hanson:

"This is the `momentum' circuit that we've been looking for rather than the `power' circuit of Pergusa. This is the closest in track terms to Brno with the corners where I scored points in both races. It's probably going to be the most entertaining race all year with the track suiting the Volvo and adding Tarquini into the equation. It'll be hard to score but I think the car's capable of it. I'm cautiously optimistic."

Dave Benbow, race team manager:

"With the competition it's going to be very difficult/ I'm looking to repeat and improve on our better performances at Donington with podium positions and possibly that elusive top step."

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Series General
Drivers Rickard Rydell , Gabriele Tarquini , Roberto Colciago