Faces The WTCC’S 100TH in the lead
The WTCC races being held on 5 July in Porto will be memorable for two reasons: On one hand they will mark the championship’s 100th race. And on the other hand they will be the half-way point of this year’s season, with the SEAT Sport team currently leading both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ classification.
SEAT Sport’s first place standing is largely due to the unwavering team spirit, which has led the pilots and their engineers to overcome all the setbacks experienced until now. At the same time the team expects that the latest decisions made by the FIA concerning the application of the technical rules will provide the WTCC with the stability the competition is in dire need of. Naturally, SEAT Sport doesn’t agree with the recent constant changes made to the application of the technical rules – setting the maximum turbo pressure limit to 2.7 bar until the end of the season. These changes have put a significant damper on the Leon TDI’s performance, and as a result SEAT Sport’s fleet doesn’t clock the fastest lap times and proving that they are not mechanically superior to their rivals. Hence the team’s successful performance by far stems from the exceptional work carried out by the pilots and their engineers and from the drivers’ prowess.
In the first half of the season, SEAT Sport managed five victories, fourteen podium finishes and two pole positions. The team is determined to compete with the same objective in mind as last year in the remaining six meetings: another double title win.
EUROSPORT COVERAGE FROM PORTO
Qualifying LIVE Eurosport 2, 16.00 – 17.00
Warm up LIVE Eurosport International, 10.00 – 10.30
Race 1 LIVE Eurosport International, 12.15 – 13.15
Race 2 LIVE Eurosport International, 17.30 – 18.30
Times are CET (Central European Time)
MULLER, TARQUINI AND MONTEIRO ON THE PODIUM
SEAT scores valuable points in Brno
SEAT Sport achieved a great overall result in Brno, venue of the sixth meeting of the WTCC and one of the less favourable circuits for the SEAT Leon TDI, with three of the team’s drivers claiming a place on the rostrum. Once again, team work bore fruit with Yvan Muller finishing second while Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro both came third – giving SEAT Sport vital points to keep the leadership in the overall drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships.
The final result was very positive despite the evident technical disadvantage of the SEAT Leon TDI which had its turbo pressure limited to 2.7 bar. Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini are leading the overall drivers’ standing, while SEAT Sport is still on top of the manufacturers’ ranking.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Y. Muller (SEAT)
THIRD SEAT LEON EUROCUP MEETING
Diego Puyo is the SEAT Leon Eurocup driver who will be competing at the next scheduled WTCC event thanks to his overall win on the Brno circuit.
Besides winning in Brno, Diego Puyo also shares the lead in the general standings with Máximo Pedalà with 22 points each. They are followed by Michel Matejovsky, who trails by two points, and Norbert Michelisz, who is in fourth position with 18 points. The two race meetings held in Valencia and Brno proved that there is no clear winner for each race. Until now four drivers have won: Michelisz, Larini, Rossi and Puyo. While only three have managed to step onto the podium twice: Barth, Michelisz and Puyo.