While much of the attention is on the new SEAT Leon which makes its debut in the World Touring Car Championship this weekend, Rickard Rydell, Stephane Ortelli and Peter Terting showed that there is life in the old dog yet as they took fifth, sixth and seventh on the grid for the latest round of the season at Oschersleben with the older Toledo Cupra.

Rydell led the way during qualifying as he looked set to qualify near the front of the field before dropping back to sixth late on, although he would later benefit from the penalty handed out to Jorg Muller.

With his Toledo Cupra carrying 20kg of ballast, Rydell was delighted to be the quickest SEAT runner and said he was confident for the two races on Sunday.

"I was quite happy with that last run; I was in third place at the end of the lap, but dropped to sixth by the end of the session," he said. "I'm actually quite pleased, though; I'm carrying quite a lot of weight and yet I'm still the quickest of the SEAT Sport drivers.

"Obviously, I'd have liked to be higher up the grid but I'm far from disappointed. We know that the Oschersleben circuit suits the car and I'm really positive about our chances in the races."

Behind Rydell, Team Oreca driver Ortelli - driving the Toledo used by Jason Plato at Spa - qualified sixth for his first race in the championship, with Terting seventh.

"I had some problems in the free practice sessions this morning, but qualifying was not so bad for me," the German driver said. "I made a slight mistake on my first outing and then had no problems on the second, but I tried to go quicker on the third outing and locked my brakes. The data shows that I was one or two tenths faster up to that point, but I was trying a little too hard and made the mistake.

"It's quite difficult to overtake here, but because of J?rg's penalty, I'll start from P7 tomorrow and I know the circuit very well so we'll see what will happen."

 

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