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  • Stefano Comini, new SEAT Leon Eurocup leader 22 Julio 2014

    Stefano Comini, new SEAT Leon Eurocup leader

    Rounds five and six of the SEAT Leon Eurcup took place this weekend at Silverstone, UK, with Target Competition’s Stefano Comini making the most of it and snatching the series lead from Norway’s Stian Paulsen.

    It was a frantic start to today’s race, with Antonio Martínez getting off the line quickest and stealing the lead from Stefano Zanini and Pol Rosell. JSB Competition’s Julien Briché, who was starting from the back of the grid, tried to gain positions from the start but tagged another car into turn one, causing him to spin off the track and barrel roll into the barriers. Fortunately, the Frenchman was not injured. The safety car was deployed straight away.

    On lap four, the race was restarted, with many drivers out of position, like Stian Paulsen back in 18th. At the front, Rosell tried to pull away at the restart, but it only took Comini a lap to snatch the lead from the Spaniard after overtaking Pujolar Racing’s Antonio Martínez and Baporo Motorsport’s Manuel Giao in only three corners. Martínez was looking strong until his entire rear bumper was loosened from his car due to a collision during the early stages of the race. This allowed Giao and B3 Racing’s Gabor Wéber to overtaking him at the end of lap seven, with the Spaniard being back-flagged.

    While Comini was storming ahead and opening a two-second gap to Rosell, there was a good battle going on for the final points positions between Target Competition’s Jordi Oriola, newcomer Norbert Tóth and Pujolar Racing’s Marcos de Diego. Stain Paulsen was coming back through the field and was in tenth position, but a drive-through penalty for not having his car on the ground three minutes before the start of the race meant he lost all the positions gained and went back to 20th.

    Comini crossed the line nearly four seconds ahead of Rosell, winning his second race of the season and snatching the series lead from Paulsen. Wéber, third, achieving his first podium finish of the season.

    In yesterday’s race, Gaspar Racing’s Ferenc Ficza won his first SEAT Leon Eurocup race of the season in a commanding manner. He started from pole and led every lap of the race. Stian Paulsen was second, extending his lead, and Pujolar Racing’s Antonio Martínez crossed the line third.

    A rainy start to Saturday meant that the morning’s qualifying session took place on a wet Silverstone circuit. JSB Competition’s Julien Briché set a fastest time of 2:34.884 as a benchmark after only two laps and nobody else managed to improve it. Due to the fact that his fastest lap was set under yellow flags, his time was deleted. This meant that it was Hungarian Ferenc Ficza who was on pole position, while the Frenchman was demoted to last.

    Ficza didn’t let go of first position and, as soon as the lights went out, he started to open a gap and drive away from the rest of the field. It looked like Baporo Motorsport’s Pol Rosell was going to be able to challenge him for the lead, but after the first six laps the Spaniard started to lose ground and fell back to fifth. Stian Paulsen and newcomer Antonio Martínez were able to gain positions while fighting for the two other podium positions. Meanwhile, nother wheel-to-wheel fight was taking place between Manuel Giao and Jordi Oriola for seventh, while Briché, who started last, had charged up the filed and was already inside the top ten by lap seven.

    With only three laps to go, Ficza was well in the lead and had a five second advantage over Paulsen, who was busy trying to keep Martínez and Comini behind. Oriola was trying to do the same with Briché, but unfortunately their fight ended with the Spaniard abandoning the race due to damage on his car while fighting with the Frenchman.
     
    Stefano Comini now leads the SEAT Leon Eurocup with 36 points, only one point ahead of Paulsen. The next two races of the season will take place on 6-7 September at the Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps.

    Ferenc Ficza, winner of Race 1, said: “It’s such a good feeling to have finally won my first race of the season and to have done it here, at such a legendary circuit like Silverstone! The car is perfect and I want to thank the team because it’s been a dream to drive it, not only in the race but also in qualifying, where I was fastest. It’s been a very strong weekend and I already look forward to the next race weekend in Belgium.”

    Stefano Comini, winner of Race 2 and new series leader, said: “It feels great! I have to say it’s a bit of a surprise to end up here on the top step of the podium, so I’m absolutely delighted with how the weekend has ended. I love this track, Silverstone is a circuit that has always brought me good luck and where I’ve won races in the past. It’s incredible to finish first after starting from ninth. The car was perfect, we deserve a good celebration tonight!”

    Jaime Puig, Head of SEAT Sport, said: “It’s been a very exciting weekend of racing, we can all be very pleased, not only with the quality of the races but also with how the SEAT Leon Eurocup is building up to be one of the most exciting seasons ever. After three rounds and six races, we now get to the mid point of the season with a new driver in the lead, Stefano Comini, but I have no doubt that many drivers will fight until the end and not make it easy for him. There’s three rounds left, anything can happen and I look forward to it!"

    Qualifying results
    1. Ferenc Ficza (#55), Gaspar Racing, 2:35.909
    2. Pol Rosell (#12), Baporo Motorsport, 2:35.916
    3. Manuel Giao (#5), Baporo Motorsport, 2:35.962
    4. Stian Paulsen (#34), Stian Paulsen Racing, 2:36.416
    5. Marcos de Diego (#20), Pujolar Racing, 2:36.591
    6. Antonio Martínez (#54), Pujolar Racing, 2:36.680
    7. Stefano Zanini (#69), Dinamic, 2:37.037
    8. Gabor Wéber (#1), B3 Racing, 2:37.081
    9. Stefano Comini (#25) Target Competition, 2:37.197
    10. Jose Monroy (#88), Veloso Motorsport, 2:37.200
    11. Jordi Oriola (#33), Target Competition, 2:37.262
    12. Norbert Tóth (#47), Gaspar Racing, 2:37.456
    13. Amalia Vinyes (#13), Baporo Motorsport, 2:37.582
    14. Alex Carbonell (#4), Monlau Competición, 2:37.741
    15. Fran Rueda (#28), Monlau Competición, 2:37.853
    16. Lorenzo Veglia (#7), Target Competition, 2:38.573
    17. Juergen Schmarl (#11), Target Competition, 2:38.665
    18. Marie Baus-Coppens (#21), JSB Competition, 2:389.035
    19. Marco Pellegrini (#67), Marco Pellegrini, 2:39.333
    20. Edina Bus (#87), B3 Racing, 2:39.610
    21. Piers Ward (#91), SEAT Sport, 2:41.434
    22. Jaume Font Casas (#3), Monlau Competición, 2:42.188
    23. Julien Briché (#2), JSB Competition, no time

    Race 1 results
    1. Ferenc Ficza (#55), Gaspar Racing
    2. Stian Paulsen (#34), Stian Paulsen Racing
    3. Antonio Martínez (#54), Pujolar Racing
    4. Stefano Comini (#25) Target Competition
    5. Marcos de Diego (#20), Pujolar Racing
    6. Pol Rosell (#12), Baporo Motorsport
    7. Manuel Giao (#5), Baporo Motorsport
    8. Julien Briché (#2), JSB Competition
    9. Fran Rueda (#28), Monlau Competición
    10. Norbert Tóth (#47), Gaspar Racing
    11. Jose Monroy (#88), Veloso Motorsport
    12. Alex Carbonell (#4), Monlau Competición
    13. Amalia Vinyes (#13), Baporo Motorsport
    14. Stefano Zanini (#69), Dinamic
    15. Marco Pellegrini (#67), Marco Pellegrini
    16. Edina Bus (#87), B3 Racing
    17. Jaume Font Casas (#3), Monlau Competición
    18. Piers Ward (#91), SEAT Sport
    19. Lorenzo Veglia (#7), Target Competition
    20. Jordi Oriola (#33), Target Competition
    21. Juergen Schmarl (#11), Target Competition

    Not classified
    22. Marie Baus-Coppens (#21), JSB Competition
    23. Gabor Wéber (#1), B3 Racing

    Race 2 results
    1. Stefano Comini (#25) Target Competition
    2. Pol Rosell (#12), Baporo Motorsport
    3. Gabor Wéber (#1), B3 Racing
    4. Manuel Giao (#5), Baporo Motorsport
    5. Ferenc Ficza (#55), Gaspar Racing
    6. Marcos de Diego (#20), Pujolar Racing
    7. Jordi Oriola (#33), Target Competition
    8. Fran Rueda (#28), Monlau Competición
    9. Amalia Vinyes (#13), Baporo Motorsport
    10. Jose Monroy (#88), Veloso Motorsport
    11. Alex Carbonell (#4), Monlau Competición
    12. Norbert Tóth (#47), Gaspar Racing
    13. Stefano Zanini (#69), Dinamic
    14. Juergen Schmarl (#11), Target Competition
    15. Marie Baus-Coppens (#21), JSB Competition
    16. Lorenzo Veglia (#7), Target Competition
    17. Edina Bus (#87), B3 Racing
    18. Jaume Font Casas (#3), Monlau Competición
    19. Marco Pellegrini (#67), Marco Pellegrini
    20. Stian Paulsen (#34), Stian Paulsen Racing

    Not classified
    21. Antonio Martínez (#54), Pujolar Racing
    22. Julien Briché (#2), JSB Competition
    23. Piers Ward (#91), SEAT Sport

     

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