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LeonOC attend Mugello, Stian Paulsen takes lead of championship!

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  • Stian Paulsen (Stian Paulsen Racing) and Mikel Azcona (PCR Sport) own the two races run at the Mugello circuit
  • Lucile Cypriano continues to front the ‘Ladies Trophy’ with 50 points
  • LeonOC admin and member attend the weekend with Leon Club Italia, SEAT Italia and SEAT Motorsport Italia
  • Lucas Orrock provides passenger laps in Cupra 290

For the first time in the history of the SEAT Leon Eurocup, the successful international single-make series visited the Italian circuit of Mugello where a large dose of excitement and action was served-up for motorsport fans. 28 drivers from 9 nationalities were protagonists across an intense weekend enjoyed within the splendour of the beautiful Tuscan hills and landscape. LeonOC admin Andrew (@andrewjb_e13) and Maltese LeonOC member Nicky attended the race weekend to support Wolf Power Racing drivers Alex Morgan and Lucas Orrock.


After the first race on Saturday that saw both a slew of overtaking moves and the involvement of the Safety Car as principal elements of the initial sprint, it was Norwegian Stian Paulsen (Stian Paulsen Racing) who stood alone as the winner after Niels Langeveld (Baporo Motorsport), held the contest in an iron grip until a racing incident between the Cup Racers caused the ‘Safety Car’ to enter the track. Searing rhythm from the very start of the race was offset by dropping tyres temperatures and a lack of grip for the leader and this allowed Stian Paulsen (Stian Paulsen Racing) to move through to the front; a position that he didn’t relinquish until the chequered flag. Drivers Lourenço Beirao (PCR Sport) and Alex Morgan (Wolf-Power Racing) also didn’t waste the chance to surge ahead and finally seized second and third place respectively. Frenchwoman Marie Baus-Coppens (JSB Competition) was the fastest of her category and for the first time graced the podium of the SEAT Leon Eurocup.


If Saturday’s fare was a spectacle then Sunday’s SEAT Leon Eurocup chase was simply stellar. Passing, comebacks and exhilaration up until the last corner created one of the best races of the season. Victory was celebrated by Mikel Azcona (PCR Sport), who despite setting off from first place on the grid and opening a gap of three seconds from his closest pursuers could not avoid a gripping tussle with Paulsen (Stian Paulsen Racing); the latter made a strong comeback and launched a challenge to make life hard for the Spaniard right up until the flag. Azcona defied the pressure and the unsettling position-changes to seal a deserved victory. Behind, Lucas Orrock (Wolf-Power Racing) endured a complicated race with an intelligent performance and climbed the podium for the first time this season after crossing the line in third. Italian driver Carlota Fedelli (SEAT Motorsport Italia) was the fastest in her class and gained the first rostrum result in the ‘Ladies Trophy’.


After two emotional Italian races the standings reveal that Stian Paulsen (Stian Paulsen Racing) has 151 points and leads Niels Langeveld (Baporo Motorsport) on 137 and Mikel Azcona (PCR Sport) in third with 117. Lucile Cypriano (JSB Competition) continues to front the ‘Ladies Trophy’ with 50 points even though the Frenchwoman did not compete in Italy.

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1- Mikel Azcona 2- Stian Paulsen 3- Lucas Orrock

Mikel Azcona, PCR Sport, 1st in Race 2 of the SEAT Leon Eurocup: “It was a fantastic race and I really enjoyed it. We started really well and aside from the difficulty of driving at a place like Mugello we could open a gap over our nearest rivals. Anyway, until the end of the race Stian stuck with me and we maintained the fight until the end.”

Stian Paulsen, Stian Paulsen Racing, 2nd in Race 2 of the SEAT Leon Eurocup: “A very complicated race. At the beginning I wasn’t in the best position because I had to start from eighth on the grid. So little by little I had to overtake all the drivers ahead of me to stay in touching distance with Azcona. Then we swapped around a few times until he just managed to hang on to win. We are now leaders of the SEAT Leon Eurocup, so we have to be satisfied with this.”

Lucas Orrock, Wolf-Power Racing, 3rd in Race 2 of the SEAT Leon Eurocup: “We knew we had the rhythm to be at the front and it turned out to be this way. Anyway after a few laps went by I could see that Stian was catching. So I thought the best solution was to ease-off and then both of us could arrive to be with Azcona. I kept the pace to be at the front until the tyres started to go off after running at a high temperature and I had to settle for third spot. I’m really happy with our job today.”

Carlota Fedelli, BD Racing, 1st in Race2 of the ‘Ladies Trophy’ of the SEAT Leon Eurocup: “This is my first podium in the SEAT Leon Eurocup and so I’m very happy with the result. The race was very tricky and we also had an issue with set-up that affected tyre wear. Despite everything it was an intense race and I really enjoyed it.”

Jaime Puig, Director of SEAT Sport: “We enjoyed enormously these two races at the Mugello circuit. It was fantastic that both races were not decided until the end. There was infinity of battles and overtaking in both outings and the constant tension was a key ingredient in what was a perfect weekend. I think it was two races that everybody relished. The SEAT Leon Eurocup joined up with SEAT Motorsport Italia this weekend and I believe we can be happy with how everything turned out.”

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SEAT Italia, SEAT Motorsport Italia and SEAT Sport staff got up at 6am on Sunday to take this photo!


Race 2 classification:
1. Mikel Azcona (#1), PCR Sport; +30’06.372
2. Stian Paulsen (#34), Stian Paulsen Racing; +0.920
3. Lucas Orrock (#4), Wolf-Power Racing; +3.233
4. Niels Langeveld (#10), Baporo Motorsport; +10.096
5. Nicola Baldan (#108); Pit Lane Competizioni; +15.170
6. Alex Morgan (#5), Wolf-Power Racing; +19.005
7. Munkong Sathienthirakul (#11), Monlau Competición; +20.564
8. Facundo Della Motta (#44), Baporo Motorsport; +20.811
9. Jonathan Giacon (#101); Tecnodom; +24.324
10. Lourenço Beirao Da Veiga (#20), PCR Sport; +25.155
11. Raffaele Gurrieri (#103), LRM; +26.559
12. Andrea Argenti (#102), South Italy RT; +30.049
13. Massimiliano Gagliano (#114), Esse Motorsport; +34.073
14. Cristian Ricciarini (#105), NOS; +36.867
15. Maurits Sandberg (#99), Baporo Motorsport; +39.190
16. Carlota Fedelli (#192), BD Racing; +42.200
17. Alessandra Neri (#198), Seat Motorsport Italia; +44.540
18. Guido Buratti (#107), BD Racing; +49.062
19. Alberto Biraghi (#136), BRC; +49.686
20. Emiliano Giorfi (#111), BF Motorsport; +2’09.238
21. Franco Fumi (#169), Pit Lane Competizioni; +1 vuelta
22. Nelson Lukes (#50), Nelson Lukes; +5 vueltas
23. Claudio Formenti (#119), Grand Prix Race; +5 vueltas
Non classified
Kevin Giacon (#115), Tecnodom
Daniele Verrocchio (#110), BF Motorsport
Alberto Vescovi (#112), Pit Lane Competizioni
Marie Baus-Coppens (#21), JSB Competition
Race 1 classification:
1. Stian Paulsen (#34), Stian Paulsen Racing; 32’49.795
2. Lourenço Beirao Da Veiga (#20), PCR Sport; +1.659
3. Alex Morgan (#5), Wolf-Power Racing; +3.214
4. Niels Langeveld (#10), Baporo Motorsport; +3.369
5. Lucas Orrock (#4), Wolf-Power Racing; +3.945
6. Jonathan Giacon (#101); Tecnodom; +4.644
7. Facundo Della Motta (#44), Baporo Motorsport; +4.646
8. Nicola Baldan (#108); Pit Lane Competizioni; +5.113
9. Nelson Lukes (#50), Nelson Lukes; +6.130
10. Alberto Vescovi (#112), Pit Lane Competizioni; +7.536
11. Kevin Giacon (#115), Tecnodom; +9.575
12. Munkong Sathienthirakul (#11), Monlau Competición; +10.940
13. Andrea Argenti (#102), South Italy RT; +12.520
14. Franco Fumi (#169), Pit Lane Competizioni; +12.676
15. Mikel Azcona (#1), PCR Sport; +12.964
16. Marie Baus-Coppens (#21), JSB Competition; +15.602
17. Claudio Formenti (#119), Grand Prix Race; +16.508
18. Maurits Sandberg (#99), Baporo Motorsport; +17.006
19. Carlota Fedelli (#192), BD Racing; +17.698
20. Lorenzo Baroni (#198), SEAT Motorsport Italia; +20.816
21. Carlo Alberto Forte (#111), BF Motorsport; +21.183
22. Vincenzo Montalbano (#110), BF Motorsport; +21.656
23. Guido Buratti (#107), BD Racing; +23.274
24. “Magister” (#105), NOS; +4 vueltas
Non classified
Massimiliano Gagliano (#114), Esse Motorsport
Alberto Biraghi (#136), BRC
Raffaele Gurrieri (#103), LRM

2016 SEAT Leon Eurocup standings:
1. Stian Paulsen (#34), Stian Paulsen Racing; 151 points
2. Niels Langeveld (#10), Baporo Motorsport; 137 points
3. Mikel Azcona (#1), PCR Sport; 117 points
4. Alex Morgan (#5), Wolf-Power Racing; 99 points
5. Lourenço Beirao Da Veiga (#20), PCR Sport; 73 points
6. Lucile Cypriano (#9), JSB Competition; 61 points
7. Julien Briche (#3), JSB Competition; 59 points
8. Facundo Della Motta (#44), Baporo Motorsport; 44 points
9. Lucas Orrock (#4), Wolf-Power Racing; 37 points
10. Mauricio Hernandez (#17), PCR Sport; 17 points
11. Nicola Baldan (#108); Pit Lane Competizioni; 14 points
12. Maurits Sandberg (#99), Baporo Motorsport; 13 points
13. Nelson Lukes (#8), Nelson Lukes; 11 points
14. Jonathan Giacon (#101); Jonathan Giacon; 11 points
15. Pol Rosell (#13), Baporo Motorsport; 7 points
16. Marie Baus-Coppens (#21), JSB Competition; 6 points
17. Munkong Sathienthirakul (#11), Monlau Competición; 6 points
18. Amalia Vinyes (#13), Baporo Motorsport; 1 point
19. Jimmy Antunes (#2), JSB Competition; 1 point
20. Alberto Vescovi (#112), Pit Lane Competizioni; 1 point