Curitiba: SEAT Sport weekend summary

Spectacular double 1-2-3-4 for SEAT in Brazil SEAT Sport achieved an extraordinary result in both of the opening races of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship, placing four Leon TDI on the top four positions of both races held at the Curitiba...

Spectacular double 1-2-3-4 for SEAT in Brazil

SEAT Sport achieved an extraordinary result in both of the opening races of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship, placing four Leon TDI on the top four positions of both races held at the Curitiba racetrack and beating all their rivals both on dry and wet track. This spectacular result, one of the best results achieved by the make in the history of the WTCC, places SEAT and their drivers Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini - winners of today's races - on the top of the overall standings, though with only one point of advantage over Jordi Gene and Rickard Rydell, who stepped on the podium today as well.

First race

From the start, the four SEAT Leon TDI of Yvan Muller, Jordi Gene, Rickard Rydell and Gabriele Tarquini took the top four positions with Tiago Monteiro in sixth, fighting with the BMW and Chevrolet. An accident halfway the race led to the deployment of the Safety Car but this was no hindrance for the four SEAT Leon TDI to keep their dominance at the restart and continue like that until the chequered flag.

Second race

The rain flooded the track and the second race had to start behind the Safety Car. Soon after the start Gabriele Tarquini and Rickard Rydell moved up quickly and a few laps later they were already on the top two positions. Jordi Gene and Yvan Muller did the same further in the back and were right behind their team-mates before mid-race. Once on the four top positions, the SEAT drivers kept them until the end of the race.

Tom Coronel managed to finish eight, scoring one point at the wheel of his SEAT Leon WTCC of the Sunred team, while Tiago Monteiro managed to move up to twelfth after starting from the back due to a penalty imposed on him after the first race for overtaking before the restart.

Main figures

Yvan Muller: (SEAT Leon TDI): "It's been a very positive weekend, especially because we have been much faster than expected. There are four of us SEAT drivers leading the overall standings and that's good, but it's a long season".

Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT Leon TDI): "What happened is fantastic since placing four cars on the top positions of both races was inconceivable. It's an exceptional result. The rain possibly helped us in the second race, but our performance today has been very good".

Rickard Rydell (SEAT Leon TDI): "What happened is incredible because we thought that the BMW would be faster than us. The good qualifying job of the whole team and the good conditions, rain of the second race included, were the key".

Jordi Gene (SEAT Leon TDI): "I came to Brazil thinking to score six and six points and I'm leaving with fourteen. Therefore it is a superb result and both podiums make me leave Curitiba in high spirits. It's what I had dreamed of before the start of the season. I hope that the next races, such as Mexico, were I won last year, will be favourable. It seems obvious that SEAT has five drivers who are able to fight again for the championship".

Next race: 21 and 22 March, Puebla (Mexico).

-credit: sear

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tom Coronel , Tiago Monteiro , Yvan Muller , Rickard Rydell , Gabriele Tarquini , Jordi Gene