Valencia: Yokohama Friday report

YOKOHAMA READY FOR SPANISH HEAT The thrilling 2010 season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) rumbles on, with its final European rounds taking place in Spain on 19 September 2010. Find out first hand from Spanish WTCC star...

YOKOHAMA READY FOR SPANISH HEAT

The thrilling 2010 season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) rumbles on, with its final European rounds taking place in Spain on 19 September 2010. Find out first hand from Spanish WTCC star Jordi Gene what drivers expect from the traditionally hot Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia and how the YOKOHAMA eco-racing tyres are a vital part of a successful package in the world championship.

SR-Sport's Gene, who competes in a SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI, is a previous winner of the Race of Spain and a former Spanish Touring Car Champion. With 267 points scored, 76 laps led, four victories, five fastest laps and two pole positions claimed to date, Gene is the most successful Spanish driver to race in the series since its inception in 2005. With close to six years of experience in the WTCC, Gene has clocked thousands of miles on YOKOHAMA racing tyres and thinks highly of the 2010 specification.

"This year's tyres are an improvement," said Gene. "The engineers at YOKOHAMA managed to make an eco-tyre that is even more consistent than regular tyres. Having good tyres is crucial: they are the most important part of the car as they make contact with the road. We have a good package to attack, and tyres are not something we have to worry about."

The 39-year-old Sabadell-born pilot is all revved up to race in front of his countrymen next weekend: "Valencia is my home race, I feel really comfortable there. It is an exciting track for the drivers, with some quick changes in direction while in fourth and fifth gear, and it's the best track on the calendar for spectators as they can see the whole circuit from any grandstand."

YOKOHAMA Technical Consultant Ian Beveridge agrees: "With its long corners and middle average speed, the Valencia circuit usually produces entertaining races. At the end of the main straight there is a good opportunity for overtaking in the braking area before turn one. The track is slightly hard on the tyres but not too abrasive: it suits the YOKOHAMA eco-racing tyres well. Drivers should enjoy great grip even in the closing stages of the race, giving them the right tools to overtake."

Don't miss the on-track action from the FIA WTCC DHL Race of Spain, supplied by YOKOHAMA, and broadcast live on Eurosport. Qualifying will be aired at 15:00 (CET) on Saturday 18 September 2010. Warm Up will begin at 08:30 (CET), followed by Race One at 12:45 (CET), with Race Two at 14:45 (CET) on Sunday 19 September. The WTCC's behind-the-scenes programme, 'Inside WTCC with...', featuring Yvan Muller, will be aired on Tuesday 21 September at 23:00 (CET) on Eurosport.

-source: yokohama

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