Portugal, 10/05/15. This weekend Fran Rueda stunned everyone with another great performance in the SEAT Leon Eurocup at the Estoril circuit in Portugal but it was Pol Rosell who finished top of the table after the second weekend of racing.
Young Spaniard Fran Rueda for Monlau Competición once again impressed spectators with a victory on the second race day, overcoming Frenchman Julien Briché and fellow Spaniard Pol Rosell. Rosell proved a tougher challenge for Rueda on day one however, as he went on to win the first race of the weekend and finished overall at the top of table.
On day one Stian Paulsen and Lucile Cypriano accompanied Rosell on the podium taking second and third place respectively. This meant Cypriano consolidated her lead in the Ladies Trophy rankings by a further 10 points.
Rosell dominated the race from start to finish and took the lead going into the first corner at the very beginning. The Spaniard set an unbeatable pace and extended his lead with every lap. He eventually finished an impressive 10 seconds ahead of Paulsen.
This is Rosell’s first win this season and his second in the SEAT León Eurocup. He took the overall lead from Azcona by two points. Cypriano is sixth in overall standings and was the first woman this year to finish on the podium.
The second day in Portugal proved as action packed. Fran Rueda was followed in second place by Julien Briché and in third by overall leader Pol Rosell. Andrina Gugger set the fastest lap of the race in an impressive 1'49.809 seconds and finished on the podium in the Ladies Trophy.
Battling for podium finishes in the adrenaline packed final laps were Briché, Morgan, Paulsen and Rosell. It was the final intense duel between Rosell and Morgan that really caught the attention of the excited crowd. Unfortunately for Morgan, Rosell managed his tyres better on the asphalt, and was able to cross the finish line in third place. This was Rosell’s fourth podium finish in four races this season and the ninth of his career in the SEAT León Eurocup.
It wasn’t a great day for the Portuguese in their home country, driver Manuel Gião dropped out of contention just four laps from the end and fellow Portuguese driver Lourenço Beirão, had to withdraw after completing just one lap.
James Puig, Director of SEAT Sport had this to say: "What a race! We enjoyed it as there was plenty of overtaking and constant changes of positions throughout the contest. These races are what create fans. The SEAT Leon Eurocup is really pure dynamism! I congratulate each and every one of the drivers competing as they really delivered some great excitement.”
The SEAT León Eurocup heads to Silverstone, the home of British motorsport on the 6th and 7th of June for the next round of racing. After an incredible first two race weekends there will be high expectations at this legendary track. Both Rueda and Rosell will be hoping for repeat victories meaning there will likely be another intense final few laps. Check the final classification of the SEAT Leon Eurocup at Estoril www.seat-sport.com/eurocup