Newsletter 2005-08-12

GENÉ TO DRIVE NEW SEAT IN OSCHERSLEBEN SEAT Sport will keep their promise to race the new León Cupra in S2000 specs at the next meeting of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Oschersleben. Since the announcement of this plan, on May 5...

GENÉ TO DRIVE NEW SEAT IN OSCHERSLEBEN

SEAT Sport will keep their promise to race the new León Cupra in S2000 specs at the next meeting of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Oschersleben. Since the announcement of this plan, on May 5 when the new car was unveiled at the Barcelona International Motor Show, the Spanish team ran a number of test sessions comparing the León with the Toledo Cupra that has been used so far in the championship.

It was a race against time, complicated by the need to further develop the Toledo in order to keep on fighting for both the FIA WTCC Drivers' and Manufacturers' titles. SEAT Sport decided to bring only one new car in Oschersleben. Jordi Gené, who had more testing time than his team-mates with the León, will have the honour to drive it in the maiden race. His Rickard Rydell and Peter Terting will race the Toledo Cupra again, but they will also switch to the new car before the end of the season.

THE MAN OF THE WEEK: THOMAS KLENKE

Thomas Klenke is 38 and drives for the Ford Hotfiel Sport Team. Being German means Oschersleben is his home track but the link is stronger as Thomas works as a driving instructor at the Motopark Academy which is based at the circuit.

What does your job as a driving instructor involve? "We provide expert instruction for people who want to improve their driving skills, and incentive days for factories. I spend a lot of time on the track and therefore I am quite familiar with its turns, breaking points and the best way to drive it."

You develop the Ford Focus car at Oschersleben, is it a favourable track for it? "I think so. It is much better than Spa because the straights are shorter so we should be faster. Spa was a tough weekend; in fact, I am still recovering after my very scary crash."

What are your hopes for Oschersleben? "A top ten finish would be great. It is my dream to finish 8th in Race 1 and therefore start the next race from pole position."

FLASH NEWS

PEUGEOT: In preparation of their second appearance in the championship, Peugeot Sport Denmark will test at the Lausitz Eurospeedway on 22nd August with Eric Hélary.

THEY SAID: QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Alessandro Zanardi describing his crash in Spa for his column published by Italian weekly Autosprint: "When I came out of the wrecked car a young lady doctor kept asking me if I was feeling good, because she saw that I had a strange way of walking. She felt reassured only after I explained that it was a problem caused by a previous accident..."

- www.fiawtcc.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Eric Helary , Peter Terting , Rickard Rydell , Jordi Gene , Thomas Klenke