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SEAT, the Spanish-based division of the Volkswagen group, started running the Leon TDI in Touring Car competition in mid-2007 and this weekend the hatchback will make its debut in Britain. At this weekend's British Touring Car Championship opener at Brands Hatch, veteran drivers Jason Plato and Darren Turner will run a pair of Leon TDIs. Since joining the BTCC in 2004, SEAT has won 33 out of 120 races and the new diesel-powered 2008 racers will be propelled by 270hp 2.0L engines. In the opening

The opening rounds of the World Touring Car Championshio took place last week in Brazil and Seat won both races with drivers Yvan Muller and Gabrieli Tarquini. Spain-based Seat is a division of Volkswagen, and like other brands in the group they are pushing diesel engines in motorsports as well as on the road. This year's Seat Leons are powered by 2.0L four cylinder TDI engines. The front wheel drive Seats were at a definite disadvantage to the rear drive BMWs in handling but the torque of the t