Silverstone, June 06, 2015 – This round of the 2015 SEAT Leon Eurocup took place at legendary British circuit, Silverstone, where Stian Paulsen took his first victory against a host of new faces which dominated the second day of racing.
Norwegian Stian Paulsen improved his position in the overall results table by sealing his first victory of the season. Spaniard, Pol Rosell once again delivered an impressive performance, finishing second, followed in third by Mikel Azcona of PCR Sport. Paulsen dominated from the very beginning and outraced all the other drivers. It was only Azcona in the opening moments and Rosell in the final few laps that seemed to be able to match the incredible speed set by the Norwegian.
Rosell fought to gain distance on Azcona right up until three laps before the final flag when a spectacular manoeuvre allowed him to overtake and steal second position. He then put pressure on the Norwegian, however Paulsen was already well on his way to victory. This was Paulsen’s first podium finish of the season and fourth overall in the SEAT Leon Eurocup. Rosell took to the podium for the fifth time this year and Azcona, a debut at Silverstone, made it to the podium for the first time since the opening round at Paul Ricard in France.
In the Ladies Trophy, Lucile Cypriano once again delivered a spectacular performance and took first place, holding firmly on to her spot at the top of her class.
During the second race day at Silverstone, the podium looked very different to the last two rounds, with no familiar faces in the top-three. It was young Brit Jonathan Cocker of Wolf-Power Racing who took first position, followed by fellow countryman Alexander Morgan in second and Jordi Oriola in third. Once again on the podium was Lucile Cypriano, who finished first in the Ladies Trophy, and is proving to be very consistently capable on the track.
Rosell and Paulsen were unable to achieve podium finishes, due to a collision they had in the opening laps which pushed them behind for most of the race.
It was Cocker who undoubtedly dominated the track on Sunday, starting first place on the grid he was never once overtaken. This was only Cocker’s second appearance in the SEAT Leon Euorcup and his first race weekend; here is someone to definitely keep your eye on.
The young British driver took advantage of the battle for second place between Morgan and Oriola to smoothly finish in pole position. Morgan managed to pull in front of Oriola and settle in second. Further back, the fastest lap of 2’13.909 was achieved by Frenchman Julien Briché.
Jonathan Cocker said of his victory: “For me, to compete in the SEAT Leon Eurocup series is a real challenge and I think we can be very satisfied with the results we have achieved. From the first day we believed that a decent finish was possible here at my home circuit. We felt really comfortable with the SEAT Leon Cup Racer. I think the most important factor was to be able to save the tyres deep into the race and set a good rhythm from the start…something that we were able to do. Who doesn’t like to win at home? I’m really happy!”
After two race days at Silverstone, Pol Rosell has remained in top spot but now only has two points on Stian Paulsen. We’re looking forward to an energetic next round of racing at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on the 4th and 5th of July. After this weekend’s surprising results, there’s a possibility that things might be very different at the end of the next race weekend. No matter what happens, it seems that we can definitely expect an intense battle to the podium.