Longstanding SEAT driver Jordi Gené is being replaced at the SR-Sport outfit for this weekend’s World Touring Car Championship round at Okayama by Frenchman Michaël Rossi, who will in turn make his WTCC debut.
No reason has been offered by SEAT as to why Gené is not appearing this weekend – the Spaniard has had a difficult 2010 season blighted by a string of retirements and out-of-the-points’ finishes, although his form had improved in the last few races.
Rossi’s SEAT León TDI will be taken over by Macau-based driver André Couto for the final round on the Guia street circuit, which would indicate that this will be the last time we see Gené this season.
Twenty-two-year-old Rossi graduated to touring cars via the traditional route of karting and junior formulae racing, and won the 2008 Renault Mégane Eurocup championship. He finished a close second in this year’s SEAT León Eurocup championship, and has also contested a few rounds of the FIA European touring Car Cup in a SUNRED-backed petrol-powered SEAT León.