Seat Leon Eurocup kicks off
The new Seat Leon Eurocup kicks-off this weekend at the Nürburgring. The German racetrack hosts the the first of a six-event European calendar and will see a grid of 21 drivers from 11 different nationalities behind the wheel of the new Seat Leon Cup Racer.
After a successful official test day in Barcelona last week, where drivers received and tested the Seat Leon Cup Racers together for the first time, all teams are ready to race. Round one of the Seat Leon Eurocup will see the series race alongside the International GT Open.
The race weekend consists of two Free Practice sessions of 30 minutes each on Friday, a 30-minute Qualifying session followed by Race 1 on Saturday and the second race of the weekend on Sunday morning. Each race has a maximum duration of 40 minutes and covers a distance of 50-70 km.
Jaime Puig, head of Seat Sport, said: The time has finally arrived. After a very busy last few months, we are now ready for our first race weekend of the season in Germany. The official test day in Barcelona was both successful and very useful for all drivers to get to grips with the car, understand it and prepare for the season ahead. The new Seat Leon Cup Racer was reliable, with all teams completing plenty of laps. It’s going to be a very interesting season – we have a grid with a mixture of drivers: from teenagers to very experienced drivers, including three ladies, so it’s easy to promise some very exciting racing throughout the 2014 season.
The Seat Leon Cup Racer are powered by a two-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine, partnered by a six-speed gearbox. Weighing 1,150kg and with a FIA-homologated roll cage, the car retains the DNA of the production Leon, but is 16.6cm wider with a distinctive bodykit and 18-inch racing wheels.
Since 1970, the Spanish brand has built a rich motorsport heritage, taking a pair of World Touring Car Championships in 2008 and 2009 and running successful one-make series around the world. Through other international and regional programmes, Seat Sport has also claimed more than 25 rallying and touring car racing titles.
Seat Leon Eurocup 2014 Races