SEAT UK motorsport manager Scott Dennis has praised his team for its work on developing the Leon TDi during the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season.

The team went into the campaign having done next to no testing with the diesel car but it has since become the car to beat in the series - with a first win in race at Donington Park being followed by a further eight victories to date.

While problems in the early part of the season, and some mechanical issues in recent meetings, mean Fabrizio Giovanardi and Vauxhall are likely to take the title for a second straight year, Dennis said he was happy with how the team had worked with the new car and said the focus was on ending the season on a high.

"We have done a tremendous about of hard work this year to develop the Leon TDi for the specific demands of the BTCC," he said, "and it's a great credit to the SEAT Sport UK team and our colleagues in Spain that we are now making such good progress with the car. Our aim is to continue to learn all we can about our diesel package and try and finish the season on a high."

The penultimate rounds of the year this weekend at Silverstone are ones where the Leon TDi is expected to be strong, although Dennis was quick to point out that a lack of previous data would make the two practice sessions particularly important once again.

"I'm pleased that the BTCC is returning to Silverstone after a year's absence and whilst the layout of the track suggests that it will suit the Leon TDI, we have no data to support this claim," he said. "As we have found at other circuits, finding a good set-up during the two free practice sessions on Saturday will be crucial to our results race day."

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