• Jan 15th 2010 at 8:01AM
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Quit while you're ahead. Sounds like a good idea, right? But how often do you actually see it happen? Most of the time, winning individuals, teams and companies drag out their glory days until the bitter end when victory seems like nothing more than a distant memory. Retiring at the top of its game, however, is exactly what SEAT is doing this year.

Volkswagen's Spanish subsidiary has dominated the World Touring Car Championship for the last two years running. After winning both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships in 2008, SEAT came back to repeat the feat, adding the Independents' Trophy to the cabinet while they were at it and completely eclipsing the competition in all three categories. However the last couple of years in the WTCC also saw heated controversy, of which SEAT found itself at the center, as race organizers tried to level the playing field between SEAT's turbo diesels and the naturally-aspirated gasoline engines used by the other teams in the series.

Although SEAT will remain to support privateer entries, including the Sunred Engineering team that took home the trophy last year, it will be shuttering its factory team. The move follows a similar reorganization of BMW's presence in the series, and takes the WTCC one step further away from its glory days as its grid dwindles to just a handful of teams.

[Source: Autosport]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoa, how did that "they have" get in there...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Time to rename it BTCC [BMW Touring Car Championship].
      • 5 Years Ago
      Frickin' VAG is the worst thing that happened to racing. They aren't interested in racing, only dominating series by jumping through loopholes in the equalization regulations. And once the loopholes are closed, they threaten to take their ball and go home. First Le Mans, now this. Next year, I'm sure it'll be Dakar.

      They disgust me now, it really makes me want to tear down my R8 poster on my wall.

      And the worst part is now they own Porsche, a company who has been one of the most stalwart supporters (if not the most stalwart supporters) of racing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hmm, so by your definition only VAG was able to pull this off? No other company could have benefitted from the rules that are applied to all teams?

        Was it dumb of VAG to see what is allowed and what not and use it to their advantage or was it dumb from the other teams to not do this?

        I for my part applaud them for winning titles according to the rules and when the rules get changed, to adapt quickly and continue winning. The whiners that can't stand the wins they have annoy me though, just learn to deal with it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How incredibly topic-related, well done.

      And there's not much you can do about tectonic plates my friend - bondo they will not fix.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No Seats?

      Where will the drivers sit now?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "…as race organizers tried to level the playing field between SEAT's turbo diesels and the naturally-aspirated gasoline engines used by the other teams…"

      I wonder if we'll see a similar move in the LeMans series - assuming anyone who's not Audi or Peugeot lobbies hard enough for rules changes in P1/P2
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