Series newsletter - Febuary 18

World Touring Car Championship press release

Tarquini Tested The New Seat Engine

Gabriele Tarquini in the 2011 SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI, Lukoil
Gabriele Tarquini in the 2011 SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI, Lukoil

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After missing the first outing of SEAT's new 1.6-litre turbo engine because of the snowfall that hit Italy, Gabriele Tarquini was finally able to drive the Lukoil Racing Team's León car at Valencia last Monday.

The Italian driver was then replaced by his team-mate Aleksey Dudukalo who tested on Tuesday.

"Although we are rather behind with the timing, I have to say that I was impressed by the test," the 2009 World Champion said. "This was only the second time the engine ran on track, and yet it showed an interesting potential. Reliability is there - as we completed the test without suffering from the least technical issue - the power is already comparable with that of the SUNRED unit we used last year. But the big step forward is a wider range of power that was our main issue last year. Now, in order to fully exploit it, we have to fine-tune the engine management that is brand new and very sophisticated."

The team is now heading to Portugal for further testing at Estoril (Saturday and Sunday) and Portimão.

Team Aon Happy With Iberian Tests

The Team Aon spent a few days testing between Guadix (Spain) and Estoril. Tom Chilton and James Nash took turns at the wheel of the team's two Ford Focus cars, one in British Touring Car Championship specs and the other a brand new WTCC machine.

"So far everything is going well as we had planned," team principal Mike Earle said to Eurosport TV crew. "Our aim for this first WTCC season is to gain experience; we expect to be competitive next year and fight for the world title in three years. I think we have a great potential, especially because we may count on two young and fast drivers like Tom and James. I'm sure they won't have problems in learning the tracks they don't know. It will be more difficult for the team because of the lack of data. However, we haven't ruled out the possibility to add a third car during the season."

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tom Chilton , Gabriele Tarquini , James Nash , Aleksey Dudukalo
Tags ford, lukoil racing team, seat, tarquini, team aon