Martorell, 23/11/2015 - After an intense summer of racing and an adrenaline fuelled run across Europe, the SEAT Leon Eurocup came to a fitting end at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona where Pol Rosell walked away triumphant.
It all began in April this year when we saw an action packed first race weekend at Paul Ricard in France. It was two Spaniards who made the biggest first impression with Fran Rueda and Mikel Azcona dominating from the beginning of the first and second race. What would become a familiar face in the Ladies’ trophy, Lucile Cypriano quickly claimed the top spot amongst the female racers.
The Eurocup then moved south to Portugal where Pol Rosell and Stian Paulsen showed their potential, hinting at what could be expected from the pair in future races. Rosell was at the top of the table after two days of racing. Rueda once again offered up an impressive performance taking victory on the second race day, however it wasn’t quite enough to knock Rosell into second place. Cypriano managed to cement her lead in the Ladies’ Trophy by an impressive 10 points.
The legendary British Circuit, Silverstone played host to the next two races that witnessed the first victory of Stian Paulsen and a handful of new faces dominating on the second race day. Rosell maintained his consistently strong performance but didn’t manage to outrace Paulsen on the first day. On Sunday, the young Brit Jonathan Cocker took first followed by fellow countryman Alex Morgan in second and Jordi Oriola in third. Cypriano once again justified her strong position at the top in the Ladies’ Trophy.
Our racers then began an energetic weekend in Austria at the Red Bull Ring. It was Pol Rosell who found himself in the lead and did well to walk away with his second win of the season. Stian Paulsen also made an impact on Saturday by clinching second place. Lucile Cypriano took pole position once again in the Ladies’ Trophy, finishing tenth overall.
After a brief summer break, the 2015 SEAT Leon Eurocup returned with even more velocity at the Nürburgring in Germany. Norwegian Stian Paulsen snatched his second victory of the season and dominated the first race from start to finish, even in relentless rain. On Sunday, British driver Alex 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.
Next it was on to Italy with the two most prominent names, Stian Paulsen and Pol Rosell coming out of Monza joint first overall. The JSB Competition team dominated the first day with Thibaut Mourgues, Julien Briche and Lucile Cypriano taking the top 3 spots respectively. It was Mourgues’ first victory in the series after he set a pace that was difficult to match from the outset. The second day saw Pol Rosell take his third victory and fourth podium finish this season with Jordi Oriola and Stian Paulsen following behind.
Finally, after an incredible season of intense racing and close finishes, an even closer final took place at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. Pol Rosell finished in fifth but thanks to his impressive performance on the first day, he walked away with the title, his second SEAT Leon Eurocup. Lucile Cypriano unsurprisingly delivered an incredible performance over the final race and finished first overall in the Ladies’ Classification.
After an unforgettable six months, the 2015 SEAT Leon Eurocup came to a thrilling end and has proved that it is a platform for some of the best racing talent. Only two seasons in, it seems that this is a series set to become an unmissable fixture on the racing calendar.