LeonOC were invited to the 2015 SEAT Sport Leon Eurocup at Silverstone by SEAT Sport, previously LeonOC have attended the 2014 races at Silverstone and Spa Francorchamps.
As well as attending at guests of SEAT Sport, SEAT UK kindly gave us tickets which lucky LeonOC members got through a randomly drawn competition earlier in the week.
The 2015 season like 2014 has been a major success and has even attracted some British drivers this year. Alex Morgan is racing for the Baporo team, while guest drivers Jonny Cocker (Wolf-Power Racing) and Finlay Crocker (Finlay Crocker Racing) entered for the home race. 2015 also sees the introduction of the Ladies Cup, 5 ladies are battling it out for the 2015 title.
Friday FP1& FP2 – in the glorious sunshine, local boys Jonny Cocker and Alex Morgan showed serious pace in the practices mixing it up with 2014 Champion Pol Rosell and the likes of Stian Paulsen and Jordi Oriola to name a few.
Qualifying – Wasn’t as easy on the Brits but Alex Morgan grabbed 5th for Race 1, Jonny Cocker grabbed 8th for race 1 and Finlay Crocked grabbed 28th. Stian Paulsen grabbed pole with an impressive 2’12.104. Jonny Cocker grabbed pole for race 2.
Race 1 – Paulsen, dominated the race from start to finish, and thanks to a decent rhythm no other competitor was able to hug his bumper. Only Azcona in the opening moments and Rosell in the final few laps could match anything like the speed set by the Norwegian. Britain’s Morgan, fourth, while other local competitors Jonathan Cocker (Wolf-Power Racing) and Finlay Crocker finished eighth and twenty-fourth respectively.
Stian Paulsen, Stian Paulsen Racing, Winner of the 5th race of the 2015 SEAT Leon Eurocup, 2nd in the standings:“Finally what I have been waiting for has arrived even though it was a bit late for my liking. Anyway I’m really happy because from the first moments I felt very comfortable with the car and we knew we had to work on every detail to get better and better. Now I’m thinking about tomorrow’s race and I will do everything possible to repeat the victory.”
1. Stian Paulsen (#34), Stian Paulsen Racing; 24’43.965
2. Pol Rosell (#1), Baporo Motorsport; +0.576
3. Mikel Azcona (#6), PCR Sport; +4.806
4. Alexander Morgan (#22), Baporo Motorsport; +9.976
5. Manuel Gião (#2), Baporo Motorsport; +10.429
6. Jordi Oriola (#33), Target, SRL; +10.894
7. Julien Briché (#3), Julien Briché; +12.632
8. Jonathan Cocker (#8), Jonathan Cocker; 15.071
9. Lourenço Beirão Da Veiga (#20), Lourenço Beirão Da Veiga; +17.636
10. Fran Rueda (#28), Monlau Competición; +18.297
Race 2 –
Young Briton Jonathan Cocker (Wolf-Power Racing) took victory in the second race of the weekend at Silverstone: site of the third round of the 2015 SEAT Leon Eurocup. Cocker, a debutant in the international series, finished ahead of countryman Alexander Morgan (Baporo Motorsport) who was second and Jordi Oriola (Target, SRL) third. All three were accompanied once more on the podium by Lucile Cypriano, who was the first classified runner in the Ladies Trophy.
Jonathan Cocker, Wolf-Power Racing, 1st place in the sixth race of the 2015 SEAT Leon Eurocup, 9th in the SEAT Leon Eurocup overall standings: “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!”
Alexander Morgan, Baporo Motorsport, 2nd place in the sixth race of the 2015 SEAT Leon Eurocup, 6th in the SEAT Leon Eurocup overall standings: “I was really motivated to compete here at my home circuit and after starting from fourth on the grid I had to suffer a little bit to make it into second. I took care of my front tyres as much as I could but the constant attacks from Jordi Oriola meant I had to push to the limit to keep the position. It was a complicated race until the end but we can leave our home event with a nice result in our pocket.”
1. Jonathan Cocker (#8), Jonathan Cocker; 24’49.070
2. Alexander Morgan (#22), Baporo Motorsport; +1.342
3. Jordi Oriola (#33), Target, SRL; +1.636
4. Julien Briché (#3), Julien Briché; +2.173
5. Stian Paulsen (#34), Stian Paulsen Racing; +2.974
6. Mikel Azcona (#6), PCR Sport; +6.842
7. Thibaut Mourgues (#5), Thibaut Mourgues; +8.714
8. Lucile Cypriano (#9), Lucile Cypriano; +11.200
9. Lourenço Beirão Da Veiga (#20), Lourenço Beirão Da Veiga; +11.931
10. Mauricio Hernández (#10), Target, SRL; +12.591
Jaime Puig, Director of SEAT Sport: “We were able to enjoy two exciting races here at Silverstone. Honestly, there were two hotly contested events run this weekend but also some of the intense we have seen this season, especially the first outing. There was passing, action and fighting right up until the last minute and this is what brings and creates fans of racing.”
Over the weekend SEAT UK had organised a handling course where you could go in a passenger lap of a Cupra 280 and if you were lucky to be over 25 could also have a go yourself. On display SEAT UK also had the new Leon ST Cupra 280 with performance pack and several other Cupra 280’s and FR’s as well as the #98 Cupracer.
A massive thanks goes to Laura Brullas of SEAT Sport, Jaime Puig and SEAT UK PR team for allowing us to attend, like always the racing was exciting and the weather excellent. LeonOC are now putting plans in place to attend the German rounds of the 2015 Leon Eurocup.
Andrew Barratt @AndrewJBE13 @leonownersclub