Rickard Rydell took SEAT's maiden World Touring Car Championship victory at Silverstone
Key to Rydell's victory was SEAT's regular BTCC driver Jason Plato. The Brit is only taking part in three WTCC races this season and helped Championship contender Rydell to victory by holding back when the safety car pulled in.
As the safety car pulled off, Rydell was just ahead of the fast starting Andy Priaulx, and third-place Plato backed the field up behind him to give Rydell and Priaulx a healthy breathing space at the restart.
Plato continued to hold off the rest of the pack while Rydell and Priaulx fought hard for the win. The race was only decided when Priaulx's right-front tyre punctured with three laps to go. Plato finished second.
"We really wanted to win a race early in the season," said Rydell. "I had some problems in qualifying, but I knew after the first race the car was good and if I just got a clean start I could win, but then Andy got the jump on us. I followed behind Andy and looked for a time to pass and managed it.
Plato said that SEAT got their tactics spot on.
"Myself and Rickard played a great game," said Plato. "I new I needed to give him the chance to have his own race. I didn't have the car the way I want. But I want to come back for more of this!"
Gabriele Tarquini finished third after being involved in a chain reaction accident that put teammate James Thompson in the gravel. Tarquini nudged SEAT's Peter Terting into Thompson, who went up on two wheels before spinning off.
"The race was too short," said Tarquini. "I lost a lot of time at the beginning and after the safety car. I was close to taking second place. We did a good team job today, but I was lucky for not going out with the crash with Terting and Thompson."
Augusto Farfus Jr finished fourth followed by Jordi Gene. Dirk Muller left Silverstone with some points after finishing sixth. Muller started race one after failing to post a time in qualifying.
WTCC Round 6 - Silverstone (Race 2) Results:
CLASSIFIED: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Rickard Rydell SEAT Sport 21:43.465 2. Jason Plato SEAT Sport + 4.709 3. Gabriele Tarquini Alfa Romeo Racing Team + 5.049 4. Augusto Farfus jr. Alfa Romeo Racing Team + 5.557 5. Jordi Gene SEAT Sport + 6.712 6. Dirk Muller BMW Team Deutschland + 7.239 7. Jorg Muller BMW Team Deutschland + 14.616 8. Fabrizio Giovanardi Alfa Romeo Racing Team + 19.599 9. Marc Hennerici Wiechers-Sport + 23.685 10. Valle Makela GR Asia + 23.973 11. Giuseppe Ciro Proteam Motorsport + 24.464 12. Carl Rosenblad Crawford Racing + 25.124 13. Alain Menu Chevrolet + 25.422 14. Tom Coronel GR Asia + 27.095 15. Adriano De Micheli JAS Motorsport + 27.140 16. Peter Terting SEAT Sport + 27.627 17. Thomas Jager Ford Hotfiel Sport + 31.330 18. Thomas Klenke Ford Hotfiel Sport + 32.167 19. Roberto Colciago JAS Motorsport + 49.941 20. Andy Priaulx BMW Team UK + 3 Laps NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Driver Team On Lap Stefano D'Aste Proteam Motorsport 7 James Thompson Alfa Romeo Racing Team 5 Antonio Garcia BMW Team Italy-Spain 2 Robert Huff Chevrolet 2 Fastest Lap: Andy Priaulx, 1:26.730 (lap 4)
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