Both Spanish drivers will be part of the Zengő Motorsport crew
- The brand name once all over again combines youth and experience with Gené and Azcona on the observe
- Up to four CUPRA Leon Competición cars will choose component in the world’s top rated touring car racing competitiveness
- The two drivers will also compete in the PURE ETCR, with Azcona racing in the 2021 TCR Europe as nicely
- CUPRA will be existing in much more than 70 races of TCR championships this year
Martorell, 19-04-2021 – Pursuing a 2020 season marred by the coronavirus pandemic in which CUPRA maintained its competitive spirit on the track and as a result of virtual racing, the manufacturer is committed to strengthening its existence in the Earth Touring Motor vehicle Cup (WTCR) with two of the car or truck brand’s motorists and four of its racing styles on the grid.
Drivers Jordi Gené and Mikel Azcona, who are portion of the CUPRA Racing Tribe of ambassadors and are included in the improvement of collection and levels of competition types, will be racing in the 2021 WTCR as users of the Zengő Motorsport team. The Hungarian team will contend with 4 CUPRA Leon Competición cars and trucks, the new CUPRA touring race car or truck that proved its prospective in previous year’s TCR series by winning the TCR Italy championship and getting victory in the WTCR MotorLand Aragón race.
The winning formula
The combination of practical experience and youth is the system picked by CUPRA for the 2021 version of the WTCR. With additional than 25 years of touring motor vehicle racing behind him, Jordi Gené returns to the prime competitors of the TCR sequence. The Catalan driver was presently section of the staff that gained the constructors’ earth title in the two 2008 and 2009, and in 2015 he completed between the world’ leading 3 touring car or truck drivers: “I’m very enthusiastic to be back racing with CUPRA and along with a driver as expert as Mikel. I’ve been involved in the progress of the CUPRA Leon Competición, so I know what this product is able of. It is heading to be an exciting season” says Gené.
On the other hand, younger driver Mikel Azcona has experienced a prosperous profession competing in the TCR collection, and very last calendar year he was the driver with extra TCR race victories in 2020. In 2018 he gained the TCR Europe, and in his very first period in the WTCR he took his to start with victory in Vila Genuine and concluded the championship in sixth area. Very last 12 months, Azcona joined Zengő Motorsport to race a CUPRA Leon Competición for the 2020 period, successful the remaining race at MotorLand Aragon and finishing seventh all round: “I’m very pleased to continue racing for another year with CUPRA in the WTCR. After two decades in the best amount of touring automobile racing with victories, my objective this yr is to fight for the world title. I’m convinced that racing future to these kinds of an experienced driver as Jordi will be the very best system to be competitive and to get the very best overall performance out of the CUPRA Leon Competición, a design perfectly suited to this championship” explains Azcona. In addition, the younger driver will incorporate WTCR competitiveness with his participation in the 2021 TCR Europe together with Evgenii Leonov, as element of the Russian Volcano Motorsport team.
An remarkable season
The CUPRA drivers have 8 race weekends in advance of them to showcase their driving expertise in the WTCR, which is scheduled to kick off at Germany’s historic Nürburgring circuit in early June. The 2021 calendar includes activities in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Hungary, South Korea, China and Macau until finally the stop of November.
“At CUPRA we’re persuaded that youth and working experience are the excellent mix to realize our goals. Jordi Gené has a wealth of know-how in the globe of touring auto racing, and Mikel is portion of the future technology of youthful expertise wanting to be the driving force powering the transformation. In 2021, CUPRA will be present in 70 races planned for this time in world, continental and national TCR series and championships. Meanwhile, we’re continuing our electrification approach with our participation in Severe E and PURE ETCR, where Jordi and Mikel will also compete together” says CUPRA Director of Strategy, Small business Growth and Functions Antonino Labate.
CUPRA Leon Competición
The new racing auto, developed to contend in the TCR series and stamina races all over the environment, is powered by a 2.-litre turbocharged motor capable of providing 340PS at 6,800 RPM and 410 Nm of torque. Mated to a six-pace sequential gearbox, CUPRA’s brand-new racing product accelerates from -100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and reaches a top pace of 260 km/h. In comparison to the prior era, the CUPRA Leon Competición brings together the brand’s new bodywork and a chassis geometry created specifically for the model, which lowers excess weight, provides rigidity and permits bigger personalisation for each and every workforce and driver.
To reach better aerodynamic performance, CUPRA relied on HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technologies to deliver lighter elements that strengthen body weight distribution, this kind of as the steering wheel command module, air intakes and cooling intakes.
The CUPRA Leon Competición epitomises the up to date character of the CUPRA model and its racing DNA. Even just before its competitors debut, this innovative model now established new standards in the globe of motorsport, as in late 2019 it became the 1st racing touring car to be manufactured available for pre-order through an on-line system. In addition, the new product manufactured its 1st digital visual appearance in the CUPRA Simracing sequence past yr with CUPRA ambassadors Marc ter Stegen, Mattias Ekström, Jordi Gené and Mikel Azcona.