SEAT Sport aim to make the French connection SEAT Sport heads to Magny-Cours for Rounds 3 and 4 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship on Sunday May 1st, hoping that last year's strong race performance at the French circuit, together with ...
SEAT Sport aim to make the French connection
SEAT Sport heads to Magny-Cours for Rounds 3 and 4 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship on Sunday May 1st, hoping that last year's strong race performance at the French circuit, together with encouraging pre-season test results there earlier this year, will see the Spanish team score a podium finish. At Magny-Cours twelve months ago, Jordi Gene's SEAT Sport Toledo Cupra ran comfortably in second place until a broken battery cable forced him to retire.
Rickard Rydell was fastest at the recent WTCC test session at Magny-Cours, with Rydell, Gene and newcomer Peter Terting consistently lapping within a few tenths of a second of each other throughout the intensive pre-season test programme. The first two races of the WTCC, at Monza in Italy, saw both Jordi and Rickard score their first points of the year at a circuit which traditionally doesn't favour the Toledos and the SEAT Sport team is aware that, for them, the season really begins in France.
Rickard Rydell: "Last year, we stayed on to test at Magny-Cours on the Monday after the race weekend and we set some really competitive times. I was then fastest at the winter test, but you're never completely sure after testing -- we'll know for sure how competitive we are at lunchtime on Saturday! I was a little disappointed to leave Monza with only one point, but I'm really optimistic about Magny-Cours. It's a really good chance to have all three cars in the points for the first time."
Jordi Gene: "I think Magny-Cours was a turning point for the team last year; it was there we realized that we had the potential to win races for the first time and so I'm feeling very positive, especially after what happened to me last year. I was running in second place when I had some really bad luck, which I know won't happen again. As much as we knew Monza would be a bad circuit for us, Magny-Cours will be a very good circuit and I know all three of us can do well."
Peter Terting: "I'm really starting to work well with my engineer, Nigel Clyde, and I'm sure that my set-up will be as good as it was in Monza. I only lost out there because I lost the tow from Jordi, so I'm confident of a finish in the top six. The circuit really suits the car -- the Toledo works well in corners where there are sudden changes in direction and Magny-Cours has those -- so I have a really good feeling about the weekend."