The calendar has been released for the first season of the relaunched SEAT Leon Eurocup, taking in six rounds including some of the continent’s most iconic circuits.
The Spanish marque has revived its one-make trophy after three years away, introducing a new 330hp Leon Cup Racer.
Mostly supporting rounds of the International GT Open, the campaign will commence at the Nurburgring in Germany on 2-4 May before crossing into Austria for round two at the Salzburgring later that month on the same bill as the World Touring Car Championship.
The series will then come to the United Kingdom for round three at Silverstone in July, before the final three rounds take place at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Monza (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain) in September and October.
The meetings will consist of two 50-60km sprint races.
“We’ve received a fantastic response to the new SEAT Leon Eurocup since announcing our plans for the series late last year,” said Jaime Puig, Head of SEAT Sport.
“Based on the new generation Leon, it’s the next step of SEAT Sport’s ongoing commitment to providing our customers with high-value, high-technology and highly-competitive motorsport. Now, in announcing our very first calendar, including iconic circuits such as Spa and Monza, the countdown until the SEAT Leon Eurocup really begins.”
Current WTCC ace Norbert Michelisz won the previous incarnation of the SEAT Leon Eurocup in 2009. Fellow Hungarian and 2010 champion Gabor Weber is among those signed up to compete in the new series, along with Jordi Oriola (younger brother of WTCC racer Pepe), former Megane Trophy champion Stefano Comini and ex-single-seater drivers Jose Luis Abadin and Fran Rueda.
2014 SEAT Leon Eurocup calendar
1. Nurburgring, Germany, 2-4 May
2. Salzburgring, Austria, 23-25 May
3. Silverstone, United Kingdom, 18-20 July
4. Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, 5-7 September
5. Monza, Italy, 26-28 September
6. Barcelona, Spain, 17-19 October