Nürburgring, Alemania 18/09/2016 – For the third time in the history of the SEAT Leon Eurocup, the Nürburgring circuit played host to a round of the international single make series and for the last fixture before the competition arrives to Barcelona with a gripping finale in store. The mythical German circuit saw drivers Mikel Azcona (PCR Sport) and Alessandro Sebasti Scalera (Baporo Motorsport) as protagonists and celebrating victory in the two races of the penultimate meeting on the calendar.
Yesterday’s outing was all about Mikel Azcona (PCR Sport), who was once again consistent throughout the whole weekend and couldn't write many better scripts for his racing performance. Azcona was unbeatable and arrived to the chequered flag 6.1 seconds ahead of Alex Morgan (Wolf-Power Racing) and Niels Langeveld (Baporo Motorsport) who were second and third respectively. The PCR Sport driver focussed on opening an unbridgeable gap on the way to his third triumph of the season. Counting his Pole Position from Friday (with a 2’07.096 lap) and his Saturday win, the PCR Sport representative rose to the top of the contest with 185 points and just 5 in front of Dutchman Niels Langeveld (Baporo Motorsport). Frenchwoman Marie Baus-Coppens (JSB Competition) was the fastest in the ‘Ladies Trophy’.
Today intense fog caused a forty-minute delay to the schedule but the SEAT Leon Eurocup once more delivered a raft of excitement. With the race order reversed the drivers disputing the 2016 title had a big challenge ahead and although the sprint was a difficult prospect it did showcase the great talent within the single make competition. Alessandro Sebasti Scalera (Baporo Motorsport) put the race beyond reasonable doubt. From the first lap to the last he led over Stian Paulsen (Stian Paulsen Racing) and Julien Briché (JSB Competition), making the podium after a close tussle with Lourenço Beirao (PCR Sport).
After two tense races in Germany Niels Langeveld (Baporo Motorsport) lead the series with 202 with Stian Paulsen (Stian Paulsen Racing) just behind on 191 and Mikel Azcona (PCR Sport) very close in third with 185. Marie Baus-Coppens (JSB Competition) now sits at the top of the ‘Ladies Trophy’ with 72 points.
Alessandro Sebasti Scalera, Baporo Motorsport, 1st in Race2 of the 2016 SEAT Leon Eurocup: “Any driver could have won with this car! I want to give thanks to SEAT SPORT and my team because it was a great pleasure to be able to drive to a victory like we did today. Obviously any driver likes to win but I prefer doing so after some close battles and overtaking. Anyway I really enjoyed the Nürburgring circuit that I hadn’t really seen for six years. I think from today is it a talismanic place for me!”
Stian Paulsen, (Stian Paulsen Racing), 2nd in Race2 of the 2016 SEAT Leon Eurocup: “It was a really tricky race. Even though I’m second I’m not really satisfied because we were not as fast as we would have like to be. We have to look into the reasons why and make sure we are stronger for the next races in Barcelona that should be really exciting.”
Julien Briché, (JSB Competition), 3rd in Race2 of the 2016 SEAT Leon Eurocup: “It was a very complicated race but I really enjoyed it. We endured some intense battles right until the end and finally we could scale the podium again and that is important to us. We only have one race left and I hope we can enjoy as much as the other races we’ve had so far.”
Marie Baus-Coppens, JSB Competition, 1st in Race2 of the 2016 SEAT Leon Eurocup and leader of the ‘Ladies Trophy’: “I had a good race, much better than yesterday, and for that I’m quite satisfied. It wasn't easy because of all the overtaking and position changes with the drivers around me in the group but in the end we could reach the top ten. I hope in Barcelona we can continue in the same line that has taken us to the top.”
Jaime Puig, Director of SEAT Sport: “Day after day the SEAT Leon Eurocup keeps delivering exciting racing. Nobody could have imagined that we’d arrive to the final round of the 2016 season with three drivers in contention for the title and with minimal points between them. What more could we ask for? We hope again to have two intense and exhilarating races and maintain the great spectacle that is the SEAT Leon Eurocup”.