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SEAT Leon returns to the WTCC in 2013

The Leon WTCC goes under starter’s orders at Monza in Italy on 24 March 2013

SEAT Leon WTCC car

Following a successful return to the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) with a new 1.6-litre turbo engine last year, SEAT Sport has announced that it will support four teams for the 2013 season.

The Leon WTCC – one of the most successful touring car racers in recent years – goes under starter’s orders at Monza in Italy on 24 March 2013.

Running the Leon WTCC this year are four teams:

  • Campos Racing (Spain)
  • Tuenti Racing Team (Spain)
  • Special Tuning Racing (Great Britain)
  • Münnich Motorsport (Germany)

Reigning World Touring Car Champion Robert Huff will drive for the latter team, in the cockpit of the Leon WTCC bearing number 1. And he’ll be supported by another reigning world champion in Team Münnich: Marc Basseng, who took the 2012 title in the FIA GT1 World Championship. The current European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) champion, Fernando Monje, also enters the fray this season at the wheel of a Leon WTCC for Team Campos Racing.

Specialists from SEAT Sport will be on-site at each of the 24 races on twelve race tracks around the world.

At the heart of SEAT’s touring car racer is the 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine with an output of 310 PS and a maximum torque of 410 Nm. Last season, the turbocharged powerhouse – developed by SEAT Sport – made it very obvious that it possesses all of the performance and endurance called for in every single WTCC race. The Leon WTCC is based on the five-door Mk II Leon CUPRA and has been modified by SEAT Sport engineers in accordance with the official rules laid down by the FIA for international competition.

The Leon WTCC is one of the most successful touring car racers of recent years, with SEAT twice bringing the world title home to Spain – in 2008 and 2009. In 2007 the Leon TDI was the first diesel-powered car to enter the World Touring Car Championship, before going on to win successive titles over the next two years. The vehicle and engine were both developed by SEAT Sport.

Race calendar, 2013 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC)

24 March Monza, Italy
7 April Marrakesh, Morocco
28 April Slovakia Ring, Slovakia
5 May Budapest, Hungary
19 May Salzburg, Austria
9 June Moscow, Russia
30 June Porto, Portugal
28 July Curitiba, Brazil
8 September Sonoma, USA
22 September Suzuka, Japan
3 November Shanghai, China
17 November Guia, Macau