SEAT Sport gets set for Silverstone Fresh from recording its first podium finish of the season at Magny-Cours, the SEAT Sport team heads to Great Britain for the next two rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship on May 15th. Silverstone...
SEAT Sport gets set for Silverstone
Fresh from recording its first podium finish of the season at Magny-Cours, the SEAT Sport team heads to Great Britain for the next two rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship on May 15th. Silverstone holds special memories for two of the team's drivers; Jordi Gene won there while racing in F3000, while in 1998 it was the circuit that saw Rickard Rydell clinch the British Touring Car Championship title.
In addition, Rickard set the fastest time at the pre-season test there in March this year and so hopes are high of another top 3 finish for the team. Peter Terting endured a number of frustrating problems at Magny-Cours and will be hoping for much better luck in Great Britain, while joining the Spanish team for the first of three occasions this season will be Jason Plato, who heads the SEAT Sport UK team's challenge in the BTCC.
Rickard Rydell: "This feels like my home race, since I've raced in the UK for so many years and I hope a lot of fans will come out and support us. We hope to be as competitive as we were at Magny-Cours -- certainly, we should be able to score points in both races and at least one podium, although the BMWs will be difficult to beat even if they're carrying weight."
Jordi Gene: "Silverstone is very much like Magny-Cours, which should suit the chassis of the Toledo, but after Magny-Cours I have to say that I'm not so positive. The SEAT should have been the car to beat in Magny-Cours, Silverstone and Imola, but the rear-wheel drive cars appear to be in a different category at the moment and, if the rules don't change, the BMWs will be tough to beat."
Peter Terting: "I've never raced at Silverstone, although I liked the circuit very much when we tested there; it's very fast and it's the kind of track that suits our car. Things aren't easy at the moment and we'll have to work hard to get our set-up right. There's no pressure from the team, but I'm putting pressure on myself to score some points - my lap times show that the speed is there, but I think I'll also need some better luck!"
Jason Plato: "I can't wait! I wouldn't say Silverstone's my favourite circuit, but I like it a lot. It's very technical - lots of fast and slow bits - and I wouldn't actually mind if it rains, since the SEAT Toledo is great in the wet. The only difference between the BTCC and WTCC cars is the tyres, so I'm really confident. I want to win and I'm not going there with any other thought in mind!"