Jordi Gené has managed to achieve a spectacular pole position at the Mexican race track in Puebla, venue of the second round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, thus clinching SEAT’s second pole position of the season. Tom Coronel was third and Rickard Rydell seventh, ahead of the rest of the SEAT León TDI drivers.
Chevrolet drivers Larini and Menu were on top of the sheets during large part of the session, but suddenly Coronel snatched the top spot. Gené and Monteiro were the best qualified SEAT León TDI so far, but just as the Portuguese driver had managed to move up to fourth, a mechanical problem put an end to his efforts forcing a red flag situation on the track with his car being stopped on a dangerous position.
After a short break, the participating drivers went back onto the track and, from among the favourites, only Gené was able to perform an impeccable lap which gave him his first pole position of the season. During these last minutes, Gabriele Tarquini was able to move up to eighth in his only good lap. Monteiro, despite the breakdown, managed to finish among the top ten.
Jordi Gené (SEAT León TDI no. 9), 1st: “I’m very happy. It’s been difficult, but we’ve been able to keep a little distance with respect to our rivals. I really needed a result like this, especially after Brazil where I managed to be fast but scored no points. I hope to be lucky tomorrow, to have a good start, and to clinch my first victory. It would be fantastic.”
Rickard Rydell (SEAT León TDI no. 10), 7th: “I’m obviously not happy with the position. I’m the second SEAT Diesel on the grid, behind Jordi who has made a fantastic job. I hope to be able to improve the balance and the performance of the car for the race tomorrow”.
Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT León TDI no. 11), 8th: “We had problems with the gearbox and I was forced to wait twenty-five minutes until we were able to solve them. I’ve been able to make a few good laps that helped me to finish eighth fastest, despite going off-track on new tyres. It’s been a complicated practice”.
Yvan Muller: (SEAT León TDI no. 12), 9th: “Considering the results of the morning’s free sessions, the result isn’t that bad. We’ve had some problems and the result is obviously not the one I wanted, it could be better, but it could have been much worse, too”.
Tiago Monteiro (SEAT León TDI no. 18), 10th: “What happened to me is a shame because I’ve been among the top three throughout the weekend, especially during the last free session. I thought that I would be able to be in the front row because I’d finished fourth in one of my flying laps, despite the traffic. Destiny just didn’t want things to work out well today.”
1. J.Gené (SEAT TDI), 1’40”808
2. N.Larini (Chevrolet), 1’40”981
3 .Tom Coronel (SEAT WTCC), 1’41”239
4 .R. Huff (Chevrolet), 1’41”488
5. Menu (Chevrolet), 1’41!517
6. A.Farfus (BMW), 1’41”583
7. R.Rydell (SEAT TDI), 1’41”594
8. G.Tarquini (SEAT TDI), 1’41”671
9. Y.Muller (SEAT TDI), 1’41”791
10. T. Monteiro (SEAT TDI), 1’41”873
14. P.Y.Corthals (SEAT WTCC), 1’42”729
– SEAT Sport