Martorell, 2/11/2014. Baporo Motorsport’s Pol Rosell was crowned 2014 SEAT Leon Eurocup Champion in front of an 11,000-strong crowd of employees and supporters at SEAT’s home track, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain. The Spaniard had a steady and consistent weekend, finishing second and claiming the series’ title in race one, as well as securing a fourth-place finish in race two.

Costa Rican driver Mauricio Hernandez started from pole in today’s final race of the season, after qualifying eighth on Friday. However, the Target Competition driver was unable to hold his lead going into the first corner as Baporo Motorsport’s Manuel Giao charged off the line from his fifth-place start to overtake into the first corner. With Giao leading, ahead of Hernandez and Marcos De Diego, Stefano Comini climbed from sixth to fourth. Norwegian Stian Paulsen set off in hot pursuit of the lead pack but outbraked himself into turn two, hitting fourth-placed Fran Rueda and sending them both into the gravel and out of the race.

Pujolar Racing’s De Diego managed to pass Hernandez for second on lap two. With the Target Competition driver dropping back to fifth, Giao was able to extend his lead whilst De Diego led fast-approaching Comini and Julien Briché.

After a battle lasting eight laps, and with two laps remaining, Comini made his move to take De Diego for second with JSB Competition’s Briché also taking advantage and passing through for third. The battle for second place allowed Portuguese Giao to extend his lead, finishing six seconds ahead of second-placed Comini and third placed Briché with 2014 SEAT Leon Eurocup Champion Rosell crossing the line in fourth.

In yesterday’s race Rosell claimed the title, despite not being able to hold his pole position, finishing second behind Comini. At the start, Comini powered off the line to pass Rosell and take the lead into the first corner. Behind, JSB Competition’s Briché was running in third with Giao in hot pursuit. A two-way battle commenced between the pair, with the drivers running side-by-side until contact sent Giao back down the order to seventh place.

Norwegian Paulsen was able to take advantage of the incident, passing the pair as they battled to move up into third place. Briché recovered to take fourth position, with Monlau Competición’s Rueda fifth and Target Competition’s Juergen Schmarl sixth, having climbed from a tenth-place start.

With Rosell’s closest title rival Ferenc Ficza failing to secure any points in race one, eight points were enough for Baporo Motorsport’s Rosell to become the first SEAT Leon Eurocup Champion. Following race two, his teammate Giao had scored enough points to claim second position in the series with JSB Competitions’s Briché in third.

2014 SEAT Leon Eurocup Champion Pol Rosell said: “I can’t believe it! It’s a very special win as it’s the first year of the series. During the first race I felt comfortable: Comini was strong and I could follow him but he was very fast in the last laps. We are very happy to finish second and to take the championship title. It really is unbelievable.”

Stefano Comini, winner of Race 1 said: “At the start I didn’t look at my mirrors and concentrated on getting ahead of Rosell. I braked later in the first corner and when I was in the lead I knew that I could win. At the beginning of the race I was at 70% but the car and the tyres felt good, so at the end I could push 100%. I was really relaxed and took it steady; it was a good race for me.”

Manuel Giao, winner of Race 2 said: “I’m very happy for today and the win. Yesterday in qualifying Marco Pellegrini and I touched, so I couldn’t set the time that I thought was possible and take the three points, and that was the thing that was missing this weekend. I’m happy with my second win of the season, but am of course disappointed for the championship as before the weekend there was a good chance.”

Jaime Puig, Head of SEAT Sport, said: “Congratulations go to both race winners Stefano Comini and Manuel Giao and of course our first champion of the SEAT Leon Eurocup, Pol Rosell! With the racing so close all season it has been great to come to our home track of Barcelona knowing that seven drivers were in contention to win the title. Thank you to our family and friends who came to support us this weekend, it has been a great end to the first SEAT Leon Eurocup season.”

The series also welcomed two SEAT brand ambassadors to the 28-strong grid this weekend. Laia Sanz, 13-time Women’s Trial World Champion, finished 19th and 20th respectively while German racing driver Sebastian Stahl crossed the line 11th in both races in front of regular front-runner Ficza.

For more information about the SEAT Leon Eurocup, visit www.seat-sport.com/eurocup.

Qualifying

1. Pol Rosell (#12), Baporo Motorsport, 1:56.788
2. Julien Briché (#2), JSB Competition, + 0.122
3. Stefano Comini (#25), Target Competition, + 0.343
4. Manuel Giao (#5), Baporo Motorsport, + 0.479
5. Fran Rueda (#28), Monlau Competición, + 0.791
6. Sebastian Stahl (#97), SEAT Sport, + 0.849
7. Marcos De Diego (#20), Pujolar Racing, + 0.896
8. Mauricio Hernandez (#10), Target Competition, + 0.960
9. Stian Paulsen (#34), Stian Paulsen Racing, + 1.042
10. Juergen Schmarl (#11), Target Competition, + 1.250
11. Amalia Vinyes (#13), Baporo Motorsport, + 1.278
12. Ferenc Ficza (#55), Gaspar Racing, + 1.355
13. Gabor Weber (#1), B3 Racing, + 1.421
14. Alex Carbonell (#4), Monlau Competición, + 1.440
15. Edina Bus (#87), B3 Racing, + 1.486
16. Antonio Martinez (#54), Pujolar Racing, + 1.544
17. Jordi Oriola (#33), PCR Sport, + 1.652
18. Marco Pellegrini (#67), Dinamic SRL, + 1.667
19. Thibaut Morgues (#6), JSB Competition, + 1.803
20. Lorenzo Veglia (#7), Target Competition, + 1.907
21. Stefano Zanini (#69), Dinamic SRL, + 2.003
22. Norbert Tóth (#47), Gaspar Racing, + 2.206
23. Harriet Arruabarrena (#8), PCR Sport, + 2.231
24. Mikkel Mac Jensen (#88), Veloso Motorsport, + 2.398
25. Marie Baus-Coppens (#21), JSB Competition, + 2.716
26. Dejan Bulatović (#26), Target Competition, + 2.928
27. Laia Sanz (#98), SEAT Sport, + 3.572
28. Mladen Lalušić (#17), Lein Racing, + 4.773

Round 11 results

1. Stefano Comini (#25), Target Competition, 27:56.537
2. Pol Rosell (#12), Baporo Motorsport, + 3.336
3. Stian Paulsen (#34), Stian Paulsen Racing, + 7.599
4. Julien Briché (#2), JSB Competition, + 12.734
5. Fran Rueda (#28), Monlau Competición, + 16.392
6. Juergen Schmarl (#11), Target Competition, + 16.840
7. Manuel Giao (#5), Baporo Motorsport, + 17.937
8. Mauricio Hernandez (#10), Target Competition, + 18.246
9. Gabor Weber (#1), B3 Racing, + 18.572
10. Amalia Vinyes (#13), Baporo Motorsport, + 29.753
11. Sebastian Stahl (#97), SEAT Sport, + 32.402
12. Ferenc Ficza (#55), Gaspar Racing, + 34.123
13. Mikkel Mac Jensen (#88), Veloso Motorsport, + 35.260
14. Harriet Arruabarrena (#8), PCR Sport, + 41.704
15. Stefano Zanini (#69), Dinamic SRL, + 42.423
16. Thibaut Morgues (#6), JSB Competition, + 43.456
17. Marco Pellegrini (#67), Dinamic SRL, + 50.061
18. Dejan Bulatović (#26), Target Competition, + 52.423
19. Laia Sanz (#98), SEAT Sport, + 57.804
20. Norbert Tóth (#47), Gaspar Racing, + 1:05.480
21. Alex Carbonell (#4), Monlau Competición, + 1:05.801
22. Edina Bus (#87), B3 Racing, + 1:18.700
23. Marie Baus-Coppens (#21), JSB Competition, + 1 lap
24. Jordi Oriola (#33), PCR Sport, + 2 laps

Not classified

Lorenzo Veglia (#7), Target Competition, + 4 laps
Antonio Martinez (#54), Pujolar Racing, + 5 laps
Mladen Lalušić (#17), Lein Racing, + 11 laps

Round 12 results

1. Manuel Giao (#5), Baporo Motorsport, 28:10.434
2. Stefano Comini (#25), Target Competition, + 10.813
3. Julien Briché (#2), JSB Competition, + 14.459
4. Pol Rosell (#12), Baporo Motorsport, + 17.007
5. Marcos De Diego (#20), Pujolar Racing, + 19.007
6. Juergen Schmarl (#11), Target Competition, + 19.230
7. Alex Carbonell (#4), Monlau Competición, + 21.448
8. Mauricio Hernandez (#10), Target Competition, + 22.637
9. Amalia Vinyes (#13), Baporo Motorsport, + 23.453
10. Antonio Martinez (#54), Pujolar Racing, + 23.480
11. Sebastian Stahl (#97), SEAT Sport, + 27.026
12. Gabor Weber (#1), B3 Racing, + 27.354
13. Marie Baus-Coppens (#21), JSB Competition, + 27.675
14. Lorenzo Veglia (#7), Target Competition, + 32.986
15. Harriet Arruabarrena (#8), PCR Sport, + 34.488
16. Ferenc Ficza (#55), Gaspar Racing, + 36.417
17. Stefano Zanini (#69), Dinamic SRL, + 37.211
18. Edina Bus (#87), B3 Racing, + 38.987
19. Dejan Bulatovic (#26), Target Competition, + 45.734
20. Laia Sanz (#98), SEAT Sport, + 46.660
21. Mladen Lalušic (#17), Lein Racing, + 1:56.164
22. Mikkel Mac Jensen (#88), Veloso Motorsport, + 1 lap

Not classified

Jordi Oriola (#33), PCR Sport, + 3 laps

Drivers’ Standings

1. Pol Rosell (#12), Baporo Motorsport, 68
2. Manuel Giao (#5), Baporo Motorsport, 61
3. Julien Briché (#2), JSB Competition, 58
4. Stefano Comini (#25), Target Competition, 56
5. Stian Paulsen (#34), Stian Paulsen Racing, 52
6. Ferenc Ficza (#55), Gaspar Racing, 51
7. Marcos De Diego (#20), Pujolar Racing, 37
8. Fran Rueda (#28), Monlau Competición, 24
9. Jordi Oriola (#33), PCR Sport, 20
10. Gabor Weber (#1), B3 Racing, 18
11. Norbert Tóth (#47), Gaspar Racing, 15
12. Lorenzo Veglia (#7), Target Competition, 13
13. Juergen Schmarl (#11), Target Competition, 8
14. Antonio Martinez (#54), Pujolar Racing, 7
15. Amalia Vinyes (#13), Baporo Motorsport, 4
16. Thomas Fjordbach (#54), Pujolar Racing, 4
17. Alex Carbonell (#4), Monlau Competición, 2
18. Thibaut Morgues (#6), JSB Competition, 2
19. Mauricio Hernandez (#10), Target Competition, 2
20. Marie Baus-Coppens (#21), JSB Competition, 1
21. Edina Bus (#87), B3 Racing, 1
22. Stefano Zanini (#69), Dinamic SRL, 0
23. Marco Pellegrini (#67), Dinamic SRL, 0
24. Dejan Bulatovic (#26), Target Competition, 0
25. Mladen Lalušic (#17), Lein Racing, 0
26. José Monroy (#88), Veloso Motorsport, 0
27. Stéphane Kox (#24), Target Competition, 0
28. Harriet Arruabarrena (#8), PCR Sport, 0
29. Mikkel Mac Jensen (#88), Veloso Motorsport, 0
30. Jaume Font (#3), Monlau Competición, 0
31. Piero Foglio, Dinamic SRL, 0