SEAT READY TO TAKE WTCC HONORS
15 February 2007
The team finished third in the manufacturers’ rankings in 2005 and achieved second place in 2006, all the Spanish brand’s hopes are pinned on achieving the crown in 2007.
In order to achieve this target and start the season off in top-notch shape, SEAT Sport has been carrying out a gruelling winter testing schedule on several tracks with the aim of improving the performance of the León WTCC.
This car already proved its mettle last year by winning three victories, five poles and eight fastest laps.
This season, the team will lose two manufacturers’ cars and will gain factory supported cars. In total there will be four SEAT Sport drivers: Jordi Gené, Yvan Muller, Gabriele Tarquini and the new addition, Michel Jourdain, a Mexican driver with wide experience of the American single-seater championships (IRL and Champ Car) and NASCAR.
Along with the four drivers, SEAT Sport will also focus on the factory supported teams: the brilliant winner of the 2006 Independent title, GR Asia and its driver Tom Coronel, with Emmet O’Brien in a second car, SEAT Italy with the 2006 Italian national champion Roberto Colciago, the Exagon team with the experienced Belgian driver Pierre Yves Corthals, and the possible addition of other drivers and teams who wish to drive the León WTCC and who are currently in negotiations with SEAT Sport.
SEAT will therefore have a large and well-prepared team, whose one and only goal is to win the 2007 championship. Indeed, this season promises to be highly exciting and competitive with a total of fifteen official cars belonging to four registered manufacturers: SEAT, Chevrolet, BMW and Alfa Romeo.
The season gets underway on the 10th of March in the Brazilian city of Curitiba and will end in Macau on the 18th of November after eleven races in as many countries.
In addition, other manufacturers, such as Honda, Peugeot and Toyota, take part unofficially in the WTCC. In 2006 this took the total number of manufacturers to seven, with fifty drivers lining up, eleven of whom won at least one race, demonstrating the highly competitive nature of the championship.