Gabriele Tarquni claims BMW's pole position in Puebla is a sure sign that the change in the World Touring Car Championship regulations is beginning to take effect.
Although restrictions were placed on the SEAT Leon TDI over the winter, the team still went on to dominate proceedings during the opening round of the series at Curitiba, Brazil.
However, with the high altitude surroundings of Puebla expected to prove even more beneficial for the five SEAT drivers, it was a surprise to see BMW locking out the front row during qualifying.
Indeed, Tarquini, who got closest Augusto Farfus and Andy Priaulx in third place, says this shows the changes have had a big effect on them and that overhauling BMW in the races will prove difficult.
“I tried to lap as fast as I could, but my pace was not enough to get the BMWs and it became clear that there is no big difference between the cars despite the results in Curitiba. The start of the first race is a rolling start and this is good for us.
“I'll try to make use of the first few laps to take the lead of the race, if possible. However, and under normal conditions it will be very difficult to fight for the victory.”