Three of the best from SEAT Sport Following today's 30-minute qualifying session for Round 7 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, 3 of the top 4 grid positions will be occupied by SEAT Sport cars. Rain dominated qualifying for the 2nd ...
Three of the best from SEAT Sport
Following today's 30-minute qualifying session for Round 7 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, 3 of the top 4 grid positions will be occupied by SEAT Sport cars. Rain dominated qualifying for the 2nd race meeting in a row although, just as at Brands Hatch a fortnight ago, the weather cleared as the session went on. The track dried and became quicker and the grid positions were only decided in the dying seconds.
Red flags -- 3 in total -- also played a part in deciding those positions, with the final red flag period only ending with around 3 minutes 20 seconds of the session to go. All 6 of the SEAT Sport drivers improved their times in those final few minutes, with James Thompson, Rickard Rydell and Gabriele Tarquini finally qualifying 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.
For much of the session Yvan Muller held the provisional pole position, despite the Frenchman's Leon carrying 75kgs of "success ballast". That last-gasp, one-lap scramble, however, saw the Frenchman make the smallest of mistakes in the final few corners and so the current Drivers' Championship leader could only manage to qualify 8th. A lengthy wait in the pit-lane for the track to re-open also caused problems for both Peter Terting and Jordi Gene. Both reported having lost the heat in their tyres during the wait; Gene could then only manage the 18th fastest time after making a small mistake on his last lap, while Terting qualified 15th. Following the session, Peter refused to rule out taking his first win of the season at his home circuit, cheerfully proclaiming that he only had one tactic for Race 1 -- "maximum attack".