Oschersleben in German is the venue for the penultimate event of the Seat Leon Eurocup this weekend. Irish eyes will be watching the former “European Alfa Champion” in his bid to take the lead of this hotly contested series. Germany will host rounds 9 & 10 with the finale at Monza in Italy on the 4th-5th of October
The Reynolds Logistics backed driver has two wins in the series so far, Eoin and his team PRS Racing now need to play a tactical game this weekend to try and give them the best possible chance of claiming their second European championship together. If Eoin scores the maximum points at Oschersleben he will win a World Touring Car (WTCC) drive with Seat Sport at Monza which means he cannot drive in the final rounds of the Seat Leon Eurocup that same weekend. Although this is a fantastic prize, at this stage when the championship title is so close Eoin and his team have taken the tough decision to concentrate on the championship and deliberately try and not win the prize the fully funded drive on offer for the Monza race weekend.
It may seem a strange decision to eschew the chance of a fully funded WTCC Seat drive at Monza but this will give Eoin a fighting chance to win the Seat Leon Eurocup at Monza (prize is a free European Touring car cup drive with Seat Sport) and if he scores enough points that weekend he will also win a fully funded WTCC drive in Japan with Seat Sport.
Eoin Comments on his decision; “I need to look at the best ways to further my career and taking the risk to try not win a free WTCC drive for Monza is a difficult choice but I think a risk worth taking. My goal this season is to win the Seat Leon Eurocup Championship, race a Seat touring car in the WTCC at Japan and the European Touring car cup at Austria”.
Eoin has raced at the German track back in 2005 and hopes his experience will pay off. To give Eoin the best possible chance he must qualify well as Oschersleben is a difficult track to overtake. “Myself and my team know qualifying will be important. We must find the extra speed over one lap to get to the sharp end of the grid. This season has been a steep learning curve for me and my team with this new car but I’m sure we will be able to unlock the necessary speed for qualifying this weekend. We are getting stronger and stronger as the season progresses”.
SEAT Eurocup races in Oschersleben will be broadcasted as follows:
Eurosport 2: Saturday 30th August 13.30 race 1 LIVE
Eurosport 2: Sunday 31th August 13.15 race 2 LIVE
(Eurosport with also show highlights over the weekend. please check Eurosport closer to the time for any changes)