The 21 drivers of the 2014 SEAT Leon Eurocup are raring to kick start the 2014 season at the Nürburgring this weekend.
The grid, made up of 11 nationalities, heads to the Nürburgring for the first two races of 2014 after a one day test at Barcelona, with all the drivers now fully aquatinted with their cars.
The format for this year is much like that of several touring car series around the world, with the race weekend consisting of two Free Practice sessions of 30 minutes each on Friday, a 30-minute Qualifying session followed by Race 1 on Saturday and the second race of the weekend on Sunday morning. Each race has a maximum duration of 40 minutes and covers a distance of 50-70 km.
Every driver in the top 10 of each race score points, with the winner getting ten points, second place get eight and third place six, then all the way down to one point for the tenth classified driver, following the classic FIA points system.
“The time has finally arrived. After a very busy last few months, we are now ready for our first race weekend of the season in Germany,” said Jaime Puig, Head of SEAT Sport. “The official test day in Barcelona was both successful and very useful for all drivers to get to grips with the car, understand it and prepare for the season ahead. The new SEAT Leon Cup Racer was reliable, with all teams completing plenty of laps.”
The main favourite for the weekend has to be 2010 champion Gábor Wéber, who returns to the series with B3 Hungary KFT, with Ednia Bus joining him at the team. Another team to look out for this weekend is Target Competition, with the Italian team running four cars for Lorenzo Veglia, Jürgen Schmarl, Stefano Comini and Jordi Oriola, who will be racing in selected WTCC events this year.
“It’s going to be a very interesting season – we have a grid with a mixture of drivers: from teenagers to very experienced drivers, including three ladies, so it’s easy to promise some very exciting racing throughout the 2014 season,” concluded Puig.
FP1 takes place tomorrow (Friday, May 2) at 1005 Local Time, with race one taking place at 1400 Local on Saturday.