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Gabor Weber Follows In Michelisz’s Footsteps To Win SEAT Eurocup

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Gabor Weber has followed in the footsteps of fellow Hungarian Norbert Michelisz by winning the SEAT Leon Eurocup.

Michelisz won the WTCC support series last year driving for Zengo Motorsport, before stepping up to the WTCC with the team. This weekend at Valencia, Weber won the 2010 edition of the Eurocup, also driving for Zengo.

The 38-year-old went into the final weekend at Valencia tied on points at the top of the standings with France's Michael Rossi, who drives for SUNRED, another team that also competes in the WTCC. Irishman Eoin Murray was third in the standings, only seven points behind.

Both Rossi and Murray have previous experience of winning European one-make series. Rossi won the Renault Megane Trophy Eurocup in 2008, while Murray won the Alfa Romeo 147 Challenge in 2005. Weber meanwhile has a much more modest CV, competing mainly in the Hungarian Clio Cup and Leon Supercopa. He competed in the Leon Eurocup in 2008, taking one victory, before returning for this season.

Weber began the 2010 season in style by winning the opening round at Monza. He later added two more wins at Brno and Oschersleben, as well as scoring a double podium at Zolder.

Weber finished the first race of the Valencia round in third, while Rossi retired and Murray finished out of the points (ruling the Irishman out of contention). In the second race, both Weber and Rossi failed to finish, handing Weber the title. Weber will now be looking to follow Michelisz into the WTCC.

Both of the races at Valencia were won by 16-year-old Spaniard Pepe Oriola, who finished the season fourth in the standings.

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