Rydell leads the SEAT Sport charge in France Following today's qualifying session for Round 3 of the World Touring Car Championship, the SEAT Sport Toledo Cupra of Sweden's Rickard Rydell finished as the best of the front-wheel drive cars. A ...
Rydell leads the SEAT Sport charge in France
Following today's qualifying session for Round 3 of the World Touring Car Championship, the SEAT Sport Toledo Cupra of Sweden's Rickard Rydell finished as the best of the front-wheel drive cars. A frantic final few minutes of the session saw pole position change hands several times, with Rickard's 2nd place only secured on the last "flying" lap. So closely matched were the times, in fact, that both Peter Terting, who qualified 7th, and Jordi Gene, 8th, were within around six tenths of a second of the pole-setting time. The Magny-Cours circuit in central France has seen track temperatures of around 50 degrees this afternoon.
As a result, the circuit became more slippery as the day wore on, as Gene discovered when he slid off the track briefly just after he'd set the fastest time on the first sector, while a problem with the set-up on Terting's car was solved too late for Peter to improve on his 7th place. Best of the Independent Drivers was the young Finn, Valle Makela, whose SEAT Toledo Cupra finished the session in 12th place.
Rickard Rydell (2nd): "I'm very happy with second place, for sure, especially since everyone is so close. It would be nice to get a podium finish in at least one of the races, but Jorg (Muller) will be tough to beat tomorrow. I know we're good on race pace and, as Monza showed, anything can happen during the race! "
Peter Terting (7th): "The session wasn't bad. My first few laps were quite safe and then I set out to improve my speed. We made a slight change to the set-up for the third stint, but the guys discovered a small problem with the rear suspension that took a while to fix. I'm a little frustrated, to be honest, but I'm really looking forward to the first race; we know we have a good race performance and so I'm sure I can overtake some cars!"
Jordi Gene (8th): "I'm actually very disappointed. I went off slightly, just after I'd set the fastest sector time of the session, but while I was on the track, I'd proved that I was easily amongst the quickest. If I'm not higher up the order, I will try to start Race 2 from pole and hold on to win, but that doesn't mean I won't be trying in Race 1! I know I have one of the fastest cars in the race and so I'm still very positive."
Round 3 begins at 15.10 on Sunday, with Round 4 at 16.15. The finishing positions for Round 3 will dictate the grid for Round 4, with the top 8 run in reverse order.