Second day at Red Bull Ring
Rosell, who started from second place on the grid, took the lead at the first corner when he overtook Mauricio Hernandez (Target Competition), who started from the pole. From there, with great tyre management on the abrasive Austrian asphalt, he managed to maintain and even extend the lead over his pursuers, well away from the battles being waged between them. The first of those battles, was led by Norbert Kiss (Hungary KFT B3), who fought with Hernandez and then with Loris Hezemans (Target Competition), winner of yesterday's race, who finished 15th after falling to the rear of the race before coming back 12 places.
Lap after lap Rosell pushed ahead. On the tenth lap he set the fastest time of the race (1'40.214, surpassing yesterday's best by Hezemans) and already had a lead of more than two seconds over Dablander. Behind them, the fight continued, especially for sixth place, with Alexander Morgan (Baporo Motorsport), Fran Rueda (Monlau Competition), local driver Jürgen Schmarl (Target Competition) and Manuel Gião (Baporo Motorsport). In the end, Rosell crossed the finish line more than four seconds ahead, cementing his series leadership, the fruit of his consistent driving having finished on the podium in six of the eight races this year. Meanwhile, Dablander hit the podium for the first time in the SEAT Leon Eurocup, a great result in his home race.
Following the fourth meeting of the season comes the summer break for the SEAT Leon Eurocup 2015 drivers. The next race weekend will be the 19th & 20th September at the Nurburgring (Germany).
Pol Rosell, Baporo Motorsport, winner of race 8 of the SEAT Leon Eurocup 2015, 1st in the overall standings: "We've done a good job, it was not an easy race but it was key to make a good start and we did so. The temperature was another important factor to consider, which complicated things a bit more, but thanks to the work of my team I was able to push from the start and opened a gap that allowed me manage the race better in the closing stages."
Mario Dablander, Target Competition, 2nd place in race 8 of the SEAT Leon Eurocup 2015, 7th in the overall standings: "Getting a podium at home is almost better than a win at other tracks. I am very happy! I will go into the summer season of the SEAT Leon Eurocup with a good feeling. It was a very intense race in which there have been many changes and a lot of overtaking so we are very pleased with the result."
Shane Anthony Williams, Wolf-Power Racing, 3rd place in race 8 of the SEAT Leon Eurocup 2015, 9th in the overall standings: "It's my second race in the SEAT Leon Eurocup and my second podium. How could I be any happier? Just two weeks ago I was in South Africa and really wanted to take part... now I'm here! It was a great job from all of my team."
Edina Bús B3 Hungary KFT, classified 1st in Ladies Trophy in race 8 SEAT Leon Eurocup 2015: "It was a very difficult race but finally we were able to conclude ahead of all other participants in the 'Ladies Trophy'. I am very happy because throughout the race there were many incidents, which complicated our race a lot. So, I am very satisfied and now I'm looking forward to the next round."
Jaime Puig, SEAT Sport Director: "Despite the intense heat, we enjoyed some really exciting and action-packed racing. Our first visit to the Red Bull Ring circuit has been really intense, though with both races without major incidents. Pol [Rosell] leaves Austria having strengthened his leadership and making things very interesting heading into the second half of the SEAT Leon Eurocup."
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