Oschersleben: Pre-race notes

ALFA ROMEO APPEALS TO BE HEARD ON SEPTEMBER 13 The International Court of Appeal will meet in Paris on Tuesday, September 13, for the hearings of the two appeals lodged by the Automobile Club d'Italia/Commissione Sportiva Automobilistica...


The International Court of Appeal will meet in Paris on Tuesday, September 13, for the hearings of the two appeals lodged by the Automobile Club d'Italia/Commissione Sportiva Automobilistica Italiana on behalf of Alfa Romeo Racing Team, against the decisions taken by the Stewards during the latest meeting of the FIA WTCC in Spa: - decision TC04: 3-second time penalty to Stefano D'Aste in Race 2; - decision TC08: considering the collision between Gabriele Tarquini, Dirk Müller and Antonio García in Race 2 as a normal race incident.

The International Court of Appeal will meet in the FIA Salle du Comité, 8 place de la Concorde, Paris; at 10.00 for the first hearing and at 15.00 for the second hearing. The decisions are expected on Wednesday, September 14, in the afternoon.


Dirk Müller, Fabrizio Giovanardi and Andy Priaulx, the first three currently classified in the Drivers' Championship, will all carry the 60-kg maximum handicap weight in the next meeting at Oschersleben.

All their competitors will be considerably lighter, starting with Antonio García who has lost 15 extra kilos after Spa and will have a 40-kg handicap on board.

Half a dozen of the top drivers Thompson, Tarquini, Farfus, Rydell, Terting and Jörg Müller will have handicaps between 25 and 15 kg, meaning excellent fighting chances for Oschersleben.

The list of the handicapped cars has grown by two after Spa. The latest additions were Stefano D'Aste (20 kg) and Tom Coronel (5 kg), who finished second and third overall in the Belgian Race 2. It is the first time that Independent drivers join the handicap weight list. <pre> Driver handicap for results in handicap for the total handicap the previous meetings championship points Dirk Müller 40 kg 30 kg 60 kg Fabrizio Giovanardi 40 kg 25 kg 60 kg Andy Priaulx 40 kg 25 kg 60 kg Antonio García 20 kg 20 kg 40 kg James Thompson 10 kg 15 kg 25 kg Stefano D'Aste 20 kg 0 kg 20 kg Rickard Rydell 5 kg 15 kg 20 kg Gabriele Tarquini 0 kg 20 kg 20 kg Augusto Farfus jr. 0 kg 15 kg 15 kg Peter Terting 10 kg 5 kg 15 kg Jörg Müller 0 kg 15 kg 15 kg Jason Plato 0 kg 5 kg 5 kg Jordi Gené 0 kg 5 kg 5 kg Tom Coronel 0 kg 5 kg 5 kg


At Oschersleben, Jordi Gené will be the first man to race the new SEAT León Cupra. The Spaniard is the only driver from SEAT Sport who is yet to achieve a race win this season. How does it feel to be the first man to drive SEAT's new car? "I'm really proud. I like the car, it is very modern and has a better design than the Toledo. We will need a bit of time to get to know it fully because we have not done extensive testing. I am confident it will eventually be faster than the old car."

Oschersleben has been a good track for SEAT in the past, do you have high expectations? "I am dreaming about fighting for the podium in the new car. Realistically though we know it is going to be difficult to hit the track and be at the top straight away. Oschersleben is a lucky track for SEAT as it was the place where we obtained our podium and our first victory. I am hoping it will continue to be lucky for us this year."

How do you feel about your season so far? "I'm happy. Of course, I would have preferred not to be involved in accidents but I don't dwell on bad luck. What is important is that I have consistently been quick in testing and qualifying. The team is good, the car is good and I know that if I keep working hard as I have done, the race win will come. That is my aim."


HEIDEPARK SOLTAU: Cars and drivers of the FIA WTCC will be at the Heidepark Soltau to promote the meeting in Oschersleben on Thursday, 25 August. Cars will be on exhibition from 9.00 to 17.00, while drivers will meet the public for an autograph session from 14.00 to 15.00. Heidepark Soltau, located 80 kilometres North of Hannover, is one of the most popular leisure parks in Germany and attracts about 5,000 visitors per day. KARTING RACE: FIA WTCC drivers and journalists will take part in a karting race on Friday, 26 August, at the Motorsport Arena karting track at 18.30. Teams formed by a driver and a journalist will be competing in a 20-minute race.


Jaime Puig, SEAT Sport Director: "The best way of testing a new car is to race it and so Oschersleben will accelerate the León testing programme. It's also very important for SEAT that both the road car and the racing car are being launched at exactly the same time. We chose to take one León and two Toledos to give us a comparison between the two, but the León is our future."


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Series WTCC
Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Andy Priaulx , Antonio Garcia , Dirk Müller , Tom Coronel , Jorg Muller , James Thompson , Augusto Farfus , Jason Plato , Peter Terting , Rickard Rydell , Gabriele Tarquini , Jordi Gene , Stefano D'Aste , Jaime Puig