THE WTCC MAKES ITS WAY TO MEXICO, THE SECOND MEETING OF 2009 The SEAT Sport team is satisfied with their winter workout The results after the first meeting of the World Touring Car Championship held in Brazil, where SEAT placed four cars in...
THE WTCC MAKES ITS WAY TO MEXICO, THE SECOND MEETING OF 2009
The SEAT Sport team is satisfied with their winter workout
The results after the first meeting of the World Touring Car Championship held in Brazil, where SEAT placed four cars in the first four positions in both races, were a demonstration that the team's winter preparation, which was essential to stay in the running for the world titles, was carried out smoothly. These results placed the SEAT Leon TDI as the car to beat at the second meeting of the season, which will be held on Mexico's Puebla track next 22 March.
The altitude will also be a key factor at the next race, since the track is located 2,302 metres above sea-level. This is beneficial to the turbo-powered engines, and makes the SEAT Leon TDI drivers favourites to win.
Currently in the first four positions in the championship standings, the objective for SEAT and the team drivers is to take advantage of the favourable conditions and score as many points as possible, since ballast weight will be applied after this meeting. This will be a major setback for the SEAT Leon TDI for two reasons -- it is in a favourable position now, and it is equipped with front wheel drive.
What the experts say
According to Benoit Bagur, SEAT Sport's chief engineer, the Puebla track is beneficial to the SEAT Leon TDI but he still fosters some doubts, "The altitude of the Puebla track works in our favour a bit. However, we don't know how the engine will perform since we haven't tested it with the new turbo flange at this altitude. What we do know is that the main drawback in Puebla is the high temperature." Last year's winners in Puebla Jordi Gene and Tiago Monteiro believe the track will be good for their cars: "On paper, Puebla is a good track for us where the chassis is important -- says Gene -- and we'll lose less power with the turbo engine than the others. However, all our scores are still quite even, so we can't call ourselves the big favourites." According to Tiago Monteiro, "The track suits us although it has very little grip. I made my first win there last year and of course my goal is to do a repeat performance."