The teams and drivers of the 2014 SEAT Leon Eurocup have received and tested their new cars at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain ahead of the new season.
This year marks the return of the Eurocup, which previously ran from 2008 to 2010, and features a six race calendar with rounds in Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Belgium, Italy and Spain, with 21 cars set to make up the grid from ten different teams.
Of the drivers from the class of 2014, 2010 champion Gábor Wéber will return running the #1 car ran by B3 Racing, whilst FIA World Touring Car driver Jordi Oriola will also race in the championship for Target Competition. Target, meanwhile, are running the most amount of cars this season, with the Italian team also running Jurgern Schmarl, Stefano Comini and Lorenzo Veglia in the series.
The highlight of the 2014 test day was six times Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx completing laps in the new Leon, although FIA Vice-President Carlos Gracia and the President of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Vicenç Aguilera, were also present at the test, showing their support to SEAT Sport’s new international series.
“It has been a very special day for SEAT. We are extremely excited about the season ahead and it’s great to finally see the teams driving the new SEAT Leon Cup Racer together for the first time,” said Jürgen Stackmann, Chairman and Executive Committee of SEAT.
“The 2014 SEAT Leon Eurocup confirms our commitment to customer sport racing and we are delighted to provide track action once again, as well as a new car – the SEAT Leon Cup Racer – that is pure SEAT: emotion and performance all in one. I’m sure we will deliver driving fun race after race, and we can’t wait to get started!”
Talking about SEAT’s motorsport heritage and the 2014 season, Dr.Matthias Rabe, SEAT’s Vice-President of Research and Development, said: “SEAT has more than 40 years of motorsport history and with the 2014 SEAT Leon Eurocup we are writing a new chapter in customer racing. The Cup Racer not only looks stunning, it’s also incredibly powerful and really fast. I look forward to see it racing at all these legendary circuits.”
The 2014 season starts at the Nürburgring on May 4 before heading to the Salzburgring on May 25.