Former British Touring Car driver Eoin Murray has signed with Italian based Team PRS Group to compete in the Seat Leon Eurocup for 2008. Having competed in the BTCC in an Alfa Romeo 156 Eoin has made the switch to the new Seat championship with the opportunity of winning a fully funded WTCC drive.
The Seat Leon Eurocup is heavily backed by Seat Europe and will run as support to the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). The Championship will attract some of the top drivers from around Europe. Seat Sport is providing a full works Touring Car drive in the WTCC for the following round to each driver that wins a round of the Seat Leon Euroseries. The series will be held over six double header weekends with points from five rounds to count so allowing for a Championship contender to avail of the WTCC drive while still not jeopardising their Eurocup aspirations. The overall winner of the Seat Leon Eurocup will drive for Seat Sport in the European Touring Car Championship.
The Seat Leon is a 2 Litre Turbocharged car with 6 speed DSG paddle shift gearbox delivering over 300BHP and running on 19 Pirelli tyres. With a turbo charged engine and high downforce aero package the characteristics of the car will be a lot different from anything Eoin has driven before. Although the car is new to Eoin and his team PRS Group, Eoin is not worried by this steep learning curve and is confident in his ability to perform in the one make series.
Commenting on the announcement of his new contract with Team PRS Eoin said Im delighted to have this opportunity to return to Europe and hopefully with the chance to drive for the very successful Seat WTCC team. We were very much underfunded in the BTCC but I achieved a long time ambition by competing in this series and I think I did a good job considering the circumstances. I have proven in the past to be quick in equal machinery and Ive won a European Championship with PRS Group in the past. They are a really professional team and I am looking forward to working with them again.
The Seat Leon Eurocup will be held over six weekends at the following venues:
- 18 May: Spain (Valencia)
- 1 June: France (Pau)
- 6 July: Portugal (Estoril)
- 27 July: England (Brands Hatch)
- 31 August: Germany (Oschersleben)
- 5 October: Italy (Monza)