Pau: SEAT Sport preview

SEAT SPORT HEADS TO PAU FOR THE FIRST WTCC ROAD RACE OF 2007 Street wise Muller directs the SEAT Sport WTCC team to Pau Having raced there seven times, SEAT Sport driver Yvan Muller may have more experience than most of the Pau circuit, but ...

SEAT SPORT HEADS TO PAU FOR THE FIRST WTCC ROAD RACE OF 2007
Street wise Muller directs the SEAT Sport WTCC team to Pau

Having raced there seven times, SEAT Sport driver Yvan Muller may have more experience than most of the Pau circuit, but qualifying well and surviving a rolling start will be his and everyone's priorities when Rounds 7 and 8 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship takes place there on June 2/3.

The Frenchman last raced a touring car at Pau in 1995, and although the circuit layout hasn't changed since then, the speed and performance of the cars certainly has. Yvan will ride his Harley Davidson to Pau, before reuniting himself with his SEAT Leon racing car for a race weekend which promises to be one of the highlights of this year's WTCC.

Each SEAT Sport driver has a difference story to tell about Pau -- a notoriously narrow, bumpy and unforgiving circuit in the south-west region of France, overlooking the Pyrenees mountain range, with unforgiving Armco and few overtaking opportunities. Gabriele Tarquini last raced there in the mid-1980s, but it will be a difficult return as the Italian will arrive with a 10 grid slot penalty after an accident at Valencia. Jordi Gene's last race at Pau in 1992 ended in a big F3000 accident and the Spanish star will be aiming to repeat the points-scoring double he achieved last time out at Valencia. Tiago Monteiro (Portugal) has raced at Pau three times and has the most recent memories of the venue, and arrives on the back of four very strong performances. Former Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain Jr is used to street circuits like Long Beach and Surfers Paradise, and racing at famous European circuits like Pau is one of the great personal attractions of the WTCC -- and the Mexican driver can't wait to make his debut there.

Tom Coronel, the SEAT Netherlands powered by SEAT Sport official driver, will celebrate his 100th FIA ETCC/WTCC start at Pau and will be keen to return to the double point scoring form he showed in Brazil.

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tom Coronel , Yvan Muller , Gabriele Tarquini , Jordi Gene , Michel Jourdain