The SEAT Leon is fixture at European race tracks and this weekend will be no exception as nine of the Spanish hatches will line up at England’s historic Silverstone circuit for the second stop on the SEAT Leon Eurocup calendar this weekend.

This season started at Estoril in Portugal, where Stian Paulsen took the series lead thanks to a win and a second-place finish in the two races that ran there.

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Paulsen is a favorite to win at Silverston, not only because of his strong performance at Estoril, but because he won the driver’s championship last season. His victory is far from a foregone conclusion, though.

Spain’s Mikel Azcona will be hot on his heels, looking to make up the tiny points gap that separates him from Paulsen. In Estoril Azcona won the weekend’s first race and finished the second in 5 th .

Lucile Cypriano, too, will be looking to prove herself. The young Frenchwoman had 7 th and 2 nd place finishes in Portugal, and currently sits in third in the driver’s championship.

The car being raced is a heavily modified version of the SEAT Leon hatchback. It shares its platform with the Golf and performance improvements found on the racetrack trickle into the VW.

The Leon raced in the series features a turbocharged I4 that makes 330 hp and about 300 lb/ft of torque. It weighs only 2,500 lbs and has a 6-speed sequential gear box as well a pretty serious aero pack. All in all, it’s a pretty potent package.

Practice starts on Friday with qualifying and racing taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

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