Spa: SEAT Sport preview

SEAT Sport aims to continue successes at Spa Fresh from a stunning start-to-finish race victory in Mexico, the SEAT Sport team is preparing for the next two rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in confident mood. The races, at ...

SEAT Sport aims to continue successes at Spa

Fresh from a stunning start-to-finish race victory in Mexico, the SEAT Sport team is preparing for the next two rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in confident mood. The races, at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on Saturday July 30th, will once again see BTCC regular Jason Plato teaming up with the three regular SEAT Sport drivers Rickard Rydell, Jordi Gene and the winner in Mexico, Peter Terting.

Last year's performances at Spa, including a 3rd place for Gene, suggest the SEAT Sport Toledo Cupras should once again be able to challenge for the podium positions. Recent strong performances by the team, including the win in Mexico, mean that both Rydell and Terting will be carrying significant amounts of "success ballast"; 40kgs for Rickard and 35kgs for Peter, but both Gene and Plato will only be carrying 5kgs of ballast each -- the first time all four SEAT Sport cars will be carrying ballast -- and stand a much stronger chance of securing the team's 3rd victory of the season.

Spa is the longest circuit in the WTCC calendar and the two races are being run ahead of the famous 24 Hour GT race, guaranteeing huge crowds.

Rickard Rydell: "We should do well at Spa; we were quick there in qualifying last year, but had one or two problems during the races. Both Jordi and Jason have a really good chance of getting onto the podium and maybe even winning, but I think Peter and I are carrying too much weight to get a good result. My aim is just to get some points in both races, but it's always fun racing in front of such a big crowd."

Jordi Gene: "Spa was very good for me last year and it's one of my favourite circuits so I'm confident of another good result, especially since my car isn't so heavy. It's a very demanding circuit with three or four very fast corners -- the sort of corners I enjoy a lot. The BMWs were fast there last year and the only question for me is how good they will be, but I'll definitely be fighting to be on the podium; I haven't been there for a while and I miss it!"

Peter Terting: "After my win in Mexico, I'm really motivated to get another victory, but Spa is the first time for me to carry so much weight and so it will be almost impossible for me to win there. If I get some good luck, I hope to be able to finish on the podium, although my target is just to score points in both races. You have to remember that some of the quick guys have no weight, so they'll have a big advantage. I've only driven there once, but the circuit really suits my driving style."

Jason Plato: "Spa's a ‘proper' circuit and I love it! It's got long, sweeping corners and all of them, apart from the chicane, are superb; it's one of the greatest circuits in the world and I'm really looking forward to the weekend. The ten-place penalty I picked up at Imola has gone so we're on a level playing field again and you can be sure I'm going to Spa with the objective of helping SEAT achieve another victory."

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Series WTCC
Drivers Jason Plato , Peter Terting , Rickard Rydell , Jordi Gene