On the first race day of SEAT Leon Eurocup at Monza, Thibaut Mourgues took first place and on the second, podium regular Pol Rosell claimed victory.
After two intense days in Italy, Stian Paulsen, of Stian Paulsen Racing, and Spanish driver Pol Rosell, of Baporo Motorsport are in joint first in overall standings.
On Saturday, the JSB Competition team dominated the race and ultimately the podium with Thibaut Mourgues, Julien Briche and Lucile Cypriano taking the top 3 spots respectively. It was Mourgues’ first victory in the series after an intense few hours of racing; he set a pace that was difficult to match from the outset.
Mourgues can thank a strong start for his victory, leaving the others to battle it out behind him. Lucile Cypriano, who took third, didn’t have as strong a start but made up for it by the latter stages and outraced Jordi Oriola to steal her second podium finish of the season. Oriola ultimately finished 4th and Pol Rosell, joint overall leader with Stian Paulsen, crossed the line in fifth.
The second race day at Monza saw Pol Rosell take his third victory and fourth podium finish this season with Jordi Oriola and Stian Paulsen following behind. Rosell began in front accompanied by Jordi Oriola and Shane Williams. All three provided some energetic entertainment, all battling to gain the lead. After five laps, Rosell was still proving difficult to gain ground on and a clash between Target Competition drivers, Andrina Gugger and Manu Hernandez saw the Safety Car make an appearance, then a red flag saw the SEAT Leon Eurocup drivers back on the grid as the race was restarted.
After a second speedy start, the drivers battled on the track for just over four laps. Ultimately it was Pol Rosell who maintained the lead and left Jordi Oriol, Mikel Azcona and Stian Paulsen competing for podium finishes with Azcona left behind in fourth by the end of the race.
After a deserved victory for Rosell on the second day, the fight for the title has never been more exciting. The two favourites, Rosell and Paulsen are now level at the top of the table on 72 points. Lucile Cypriano holds on to her strong lead in the Ladies Trophy.
Rosell spoke about his race at Monza: "It was a crazy race. Here at Monza the races are always very intense because it is a circuit where the start is always difficult. We were able to make a good start and from there I had a fairly comfortable drive, until the Safety Car came out. On the restart it was a real struggle to keep the lead, but anyway we were able to take the victory and now we’ll go to Barcelona tied on points with Stian with the title still to be decided."
The final and arguably most exciting race of the season will be in Barcelona at the Circuit de Catalunya beginning on the 31st October. It is here, that after months of intense racing, the winner of the SEAT Leon Eurocup will be decided.