• 08-JUN-2015

  • SOURCE: SEAT

Silverstone Race 2: Jonathan Cocker takes maiden win in SEAT Leon Eurocup

Jonathan Cocker
Young Briton Jonathan Cocker (Wolf-Power Racing) has taken victory in the second race of the weekend at Silverstone: site of the third round of the 2015 SEAT Leon Eurocup. Cocker, a debutant in the international series, finished ahead of countryman Alexander Morgan (Baporo Motorsport) who was second and Jordi Oriola (Target, SRL) third. All three were accompanied once more on the podium by Lucile Cypriano, who was the first classified runner in the Ladies Trophy. The Frenchwoman notched points again today and maintains her position as the pace-setter in the category standings. Pol Rosell (Baporo Motorsport) remains at the peak of the championship table but only by two points from Stian Paulsen (Stian Paulsen Racing) after finishing 12th today due a collision with the Norwegian in the opening laps and dropped down to 21st position.

As Paulsen had previously dominated from start to finish on Saturday, today it was Cocker who ruled. From first place on the grid he was never headed. The Briton benefitted from an intense battle behind that occupied Morgan and Oriola in their dispute to slot into second place. The other Brit was able to demote the Spaniard and settled into Cocker's distant slipstream to set a consistent speed. Further back Julien Briché, instigator of the fastest lap (2'13.909), Manuel Gião (Baporo Motorsport) and Mikel Azcona (PCR Sport) also launched a valiant attack on Oriola for the final podium slot.

The Spaniard enacted a superb second half of the race however and managed to place his car at the front of the group that also included Paulsen as the sprint went on. Until the last corner Morgan, Oriola, Briché and Paulsen pushed to the limit for second place. Meanwhile Cocker cruised across the line to earn the top step of the podium in just his second appearance in the SEAT Leon Eurocup in what was his first weekend attempting the series. Morgan and Oriola also tasted rostrum champagne for the first time. The other British driver in the field, Finlay Crocker, ended the race in 22nd.

The next race of the 2015 season will take place on July 4th-5th at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Austria.