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At least five teams ready for the STCC in 2017

This is Swedish racing driver Tomas Engström putting the pedal to the metal in a very fast Honda Civic, back in 2012 at Mantorp circuit in Sweden. I’m looking forward seeing at least one Honda on the grid! Photo by Johan Åhlund

The cars will be TCR-cars, and hopefully it will be more cars on the grid than before. Last year was not the finest moment in Swedish racing history. Don’t get me wrong, the racing was great, the drivers phenomenal, and we have some great tracks here. But we need larger grids, and cheaper cars that do not cost an arm and a leg to run. Last year there were way too few cars competing. At Falkenberg racetrack I watched a race with just five cars finishing (ok there was some carnage, but what the heck). That has got to change; otherwise the audience will stay at home.

The former STCC cars were extremely expensive, it’s very important that the new cars will be cheaper to run and maintain. If there are less cars racing next year, the sport will lose its attraction to many fans. Fortunately the former STCC-cars will race in the GT-series.

SEAT Leon TCR during the first shakedown. It sounded fantastic and looked quite fast. Photo : Johan Åhlund

Lets hope for several new teams in the STCC this year

In May, I visited the Mantorp Park circuit at a sports car event and watched the testing of the new Seat Leon TCR-car. Man, it did sound awesome. And it seems to behave very well on the soaked track. I was actually surprised by the performance and sound, it did look fast and I imagined in my mind a starting grid with a bunch of other cars like it. That would be great to watch.

This is the new Volkswagen Golf TCR, a car that will be driven by at least two teams in the STCC next year. Photo: Lestrup Racing Team.

When im writing this, only five teams are presented for 2017. That is alarmingly few. However, STCC driver Markus Annervi just signed on to run a Honda Civic TCR, and Greger Petersson, head at Sportpromotion just said to STCC.se that he has two more JAS-built Honda Civics available for other drivers to rent. PWR Racing Team will run at least two Seat Leon cars. LMS Racing will enter with the Audi RS3 TCR, and Fredrik Lestrup at Lestrup Racing Team and Experion Racing Team will race join the others in the very popular VW Golf TCR.

It sure will be exciting to see how many cars will be joining the grid on Ring Knutstorp the fourth of May. Hopefully the grid will hold at least 12 cars, that would be great. More info as always on STCC.SE.

Text and Photo : Johan Åhlund
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Seat Leon joins Swedish TCR-series

SEAT Leon Cupra R

The first generation SEAT Leon Cupra R was the basis of a one-make trophy, the SEAT Leon Supercopa.

The first generation SEAT Leon Cupra R was the basis of a one-make trophy, the SEAT León Supercopa. It operated in Spain, UK, Germany and Turkey from 2003. Seat Leon was developed by SEAT Sport and power was raised to 184 kilowatts (250 PS; 247 bhp). An ”International Masters” final, featuring the best four drivers from each national series, was introduced in October 2005. A TDI-powered version has raced in the ECTS, an Italian-based endurance series for touring cars. More info on Seat.com.

During 2005, SEAT introduced the second generation Seat Leon into the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) to replace the Toledo Cupra. The car features several modifications. Including a racing engine that develops over 191 kW (260 PS; 256 bhp), a Hewland sequential-shift gearbox (unrelated to the DSG), and an aerodynamic package for increased downforce.

Seat Leon is Light and strong

Minimum weight is 1,140 kilograms (2,513.3 lb) with driver. SEAT Sport, in partnership with Oreca, runs six cars in the WTCC. Two other cars are run by SEAT Sport UK (Northern South) based in Northampton, UK in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). A further two Seat Leon cars are run by SEAT Sport Italia in the Italia Superturismo Championship.

SEAT Leon

SEAT Leon

In 2006, the Supercopa León was replaced by the new shape León. The car is potentially faster than the WTCC version, as it features a turbocharged 2.0 litre engine, with over 221 kW (300 PS; 296 bhp), increased torque, the DSG gearbox, better aerodynamics (it includes the WTCC car’s front and rear spoilers, plus a venturi tunnel under the car, instead of a flat bottom), and 18 inch wheels, instead of the mandatory 17 inch wheels from the WTCC.

For 2007, the SEAT Cupra Championship in the UK will run both ’New León’ Cupra Race cars with 221 kilowatts (300 PS; 296 bhp). As well as the Mk1 Seat Leon Cupra R race car with 184 kilowatts (250 PS; 247 bhp).

Victory is not all

The SEAT León Eurocup began in 2008 as a support series for the World Touring Car Championship. In 2008, Yvan Muller won the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Drivers at the wheel of a León TDI. SEAT won the Manufacturers’ title.

Greatness in a little car

In 2009, Gabriele Tarquini became the Drivers’ Champion with the León TDI. SEAT won the Manufacturers’ title for a second consecutive year.
The car came top in Class D in the 2014 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. Read more about Seat Leon on Wiki. Here is the Swedish Touring Car Championship´s homepage.