SEAT clinches WTCC title.

SEAT has clinched the manufacturers' title in the World Touring Car Championship for the first time in the penultimate round of the season at Okayama.

The Spanish marque wrapped up the crown in the opening race of the weekend after Rickard Rydell secured his second win of the season – putting SEAT out of reach of closest rivals BMW.

Capping a fine weekend for SEAT, Tom Coronel took his maiden win in the second race for the SUNRED team, while the results of the two races mean SEAT pair Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini are now the only people who can take the drivers' crown in the final rounds at Macau.

Muller will head to the Chinese enclave with a 14 point lead over Tarquini, who was unable to score in either race in Japan.

"It has been a fantastic season and we have been fighting for that for several years," SEAT motorsport chief Jaime Puig said. "We have been given new technology from the TDi that has enabled us to do something more with the car. I am very happy as we have not needed to wait until the last race but have taken it in Japan.

"Everyone has worked together to bring home the manufacturers' title – all of the mechanics, engineers and our five drivers.

"We are proud to say that Spain has won all the three main Championships: Formula One with Fernando Alonso, WRC with Carlos Sainz and now WTCC with SEAT."

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SEAT celebrate the 2008 WTCC manufacturers` title [Pic credit: SEAT]
Tom Coronel, Roal Chevrolet [Credit: WTCC media]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze
Rickard Rydell (SWE), Nika International, WTCC [Credit: FIA WTCC]
Rickard Rydell - NIKA Honda Civic
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Tom Coronel will taste life on the other side of the microphone at Paul Ricard`s WTCC round
Rickard Rydell signs with NIKA Racing [pic credit: NIKA Racing]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
John Filippi - Campos SEAT Leon [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Motorsport [pic credit: FIA WTCC]

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alphaJ - Unregistered

October 26, 2008 7:13 PM

totally unfounded cheat comment there :rolleyes: The diesel developement broke no rules, in fact the only cheats are the rule makers who constantly moved the goalposts to handicap SEAT

Boo - Unregistered

October 26, 2008 11:39 PM

To those who believe SEAT cheat, the irony is they are the only rule-abiding team in the championship because it isn't written anywhere that a TDI isn't allowed. By contrast, the other teams have concessions so they can keep up, thus technically making them the 'cheat' party. You can't banish SEAT for coming along and bringing something new and effective to the table - motorsport has always been about pioneers after all! There is a difference between saying a team is cheating and being against the spirit of the regulations.

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