The best part of an outstanding season, Seat achieved the title of Champion in the 2008 World Touring Car today at the racetrack in Okayama, Japan. The victory of Seat in the manufacturer's standings is the realization of a long anticipated aspiration for Spanish motor sports, especially because an award like this has never been achieved before.
The Spanish brand has mathematically obtained the manufacturer's and driver's titles, even though only two Seat drivers, Gabriele Tarquini and Yvan Muller, have opportunities to turn into world champions in the final race to be held in Macau on November 16th.
The Spanish brand, participating in the championship with a set of five official drivers, Jordi Gena (Spain), Tiago Monteiro (Portugal), Yvan Muller (France), Rickard Rydell (Sweden) and Gabriele Tarquini (Italy), has banked on the Leon TDI World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the best car of the championship that has been able to secure 11 triumphs so far.
The second to the last round of the WTCC held today on the Japanese racetrack, permitted Seat to gain the needed points to obtain the title mathematically, with outstanding victories in both contests that demonstrated their technological prowess. Rickard Rydell got the first race on the Okayama racetrack at the wheel of the Leon TDI WTCC and Tom Coronel triumphed in the second race with the petrol-powered Leon WTCC.
The concluding stroke of this incredible season for Seat will occur on the urban racetrack of Macau on the 16th of November with the public announcement of the name of the driver who will gain the title Drivers World Champion.
The excellent teamwork of all the people working at Seat Sport, both those who make up the race team, as well as all those who support us from Martorell, has been the key for this success. I want to say a big thank you to all of them, because it was their working capacity and their team spirit that has allowed us to achieve such a significant success," says Jaime Puig, Seat Sport Director.