After a short summer break, the 2015 SEAT Leon Eurocup returned last weekend at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany. The international series saw drivers competing their way across different European circuits, from Paul Ricard in France to Red Bull Ring in Austria.
Going in after the summer break, Stian Paulsen snatched the first victory and dominated the whole race; he began from pole position and took his second victory of the season despite the relentless rain. After Paulsen, Mauricio Hernandez for Target Competition and Mikel Azcona for PCR Sport came in second and third respectively. Familiar face, Lucile Cyprian didn’t make a podium appearance for the Ladies Trophy, with Andrina Gugger (Target Competition) finishing top.
S. Paulsen, made a good start and pushed away from those tailing him lap after lap until he achieved a comfortable distance and steady pace, he crossed the finish line more than seven seconds ahead of Hernandez, who finished in second.
M. Hernandez delivered an energetic performance, achieving his highest ranking position of the season on the first race day and taking his first podium finish in the international series. Hernandez and fourth placed Shane Anthony Williams for Wolf-Power Racing took part in an early battle that Williams ultimately didn’t win.
In the final laps, Williams battled with Spaniards, Azcona and Jordi Oriola. The three of them staged an exciting, adrenaline fuelled battle which ended in Williams missing a podium place on the last lap when an ever-determined Azcona overtook him in the final minutes to clinch third.
On the second race day, Alex Morgan of Baporo Motorsport secured his first victory in the SEAT Leon Eurocup. He finished at the top spot on the podium after leading from start to finish. Mario Dablander crossed the line in second after trying throughout but not succeeding to pass his British competitor. Once again Oriola was amongst the top drivers and this time managed to secure a podium finish. Familiar face Lucile Cypriano stepped onto the podium to take the top spot in the Ladies Trophy.
Morgan had a powerful start and managed to take a confident lead after an incident between Rosell and Williams left Rosell out of action. Oriola managed to take his second podium of the season after battling for third with Fran Rueda, emerging top after providing an impressive battle.
Jaime Puig, Director of SEAT Sport said "It was very exciting! It was a really intense weekend. Nürburgring is a tricky circuit where the weather always plays a part and this weekend it was the same. After these two races the overall standings have got really interesting because today both Paulsen and Rosell were unable to score points, meaning the next two next races will be really intriguing battles."
Although no points were scored by Rosell and Paulsen in this round, Paulsen managed to hold on to an overall lead with 63 points with Rosell in second and Azcona in third. After the summer break it seems that the race dynamics are changing slightly with familiar faces not so prominent on the podium. The next round takes place on the 3rd and 4th of October at legendary Italian track Monza. After an exciting weekend, we’re hoping Monza will live up to its reputation.