SEAT Sport has placed four of their SEAT León TDI among the top seven grid positions for the start of the first race of the WTCC in Morocco. Gabriele Tarquini on third, leads the group made up by Yvan Muller -fourth-, Jordi Gené –fifth- and Tiago Monteiro –seventh-, who will start the first race of the WTCC in this same order, tomorrow at 13.05h local time (+2 in Central Europe).
The first meeting of the season to include ballast has brought back competitiveness to Chevrolet, who will be starting from the front row on the top two positions of the grid. However, a similar situation was already given in Puebla, and the SEAT drivers eventually managed to clinch the victory. The starting positions will allow for a good team work, just like in qualifying, where the only driver not able to qualify for the second and decisive practice session was Rickard Rydell, who finished 12th.
The SEAT Sport drivers have dominated both free practice sessions before the qualifying, and therefore the team is confident that they will achieve good results in the race, with the overall standings of both championships in mind.
A highlight was the performance of the only local driver, Mehdi Bennani who, at the wheel of a SEAT León WTCC of the Exagon Team, managed to qualify on 14th position, which is an excellent result for a driver who is making his debut in the World Touring Car Championship.
Gabriele Tarquini: ‘I do not feel 100% physically, but I’ve been able to make the effort to fight in qualifying. I hope to improve a lot for tomorrow’s races. We’ve seen that the car is working very well during the free practices, but Chevrolet was outstanding during qualifying. We’ve got good feelings for tomorrow. Not only me, but all drivers of the team. The car adapts very well to the special features of the track. We can be reasonably optimistic.’
1. R.Huff (Chevrolet), 1’49’789
2. A. Menu (Chevrolet), 1’49’956
3. G.Tarquini (SEAT León TDI), 1’50’086
4. Y.Muller (SEAT León TDI) 1’50’156
5. J.Gené (SEAT León TDI), 1’50’266
7. T. Monteiro (SEAT León TDI), 1’50’770
12. R.Rydell (SEAT León TDI), 1’51’806