15th February 2010
WTCC racer to join BTCC line up for 2010
Tom Boardman returns to race full time in the UK for the first time since winning the SEAT Cupra Championship in 2005. After further SEAT one-make successes in Spain, and a season in the WTCC the 26 year old Lancashire driver will contest the BTCC in a SEAT Leon TSI run by Special Tuning (UK). It will also mark a return for Tom to the BTCC for the first time since 2003, having contested the Production class from 2001 to 2003.
Boardman will continue his relationship with SEAT UK, which started in 2009, through Club SEAT (www.club-seat.co.uk). This tie up should see the car and driver appear in a number of less familiar surroundings during the year as part of some new marketing activities. The car will continue to run with the same SEAT TSI S2000 petrol engines used last year.
“Although the decision to contest the BTCC came quite late, I’m really looking forward to 2010, as I have missed racing in the UK for a few years now.” The winner of the WTCC Independents race at Brands Hatch continued “It’s going to be difficult, with the number of experienced drivers that will continue in the BTCC this year, but we have set our targets high”.
The Special Tuning (UK) team is hoping to secure a driver for its second Leon TSI, something that should be concluded in the next couple of weeks.
Special Tuning to enter 2010 WTCC
After a successful season running the SunRed entered SEAT Leon of Tom Boardman, from Round 4 of the 2009 WTCC, Special Tuning will enter the 2010 Championship in their own right, and expect to run two cars....
9th February 2009
SEAT Sport have just released details of an Endurance Race version of the highly successful Leon Supercopa race car. In the 3 years since the race version of the Mk2 Leon was launced, it has proved highly successful in endurance racing, including 24 hour races, yet the factory felt that there were a few areas in which the car could be further developed. The result is the LEON SC LR. The 3 areas of improvement are:
- Power increase to 330 BHP
- Revised ECU
- HP Fuel pump
- New Intercooler
- Improved Braking performance
- Front Calipers
- Rear Calipers
- Rear discs
- Front & Rear pads
- (Optional) Sequential Gearbox, to allow for engine braking not available with the DSG g/box
The LEON SC LR or an upgrade kit for existing LEON SC cars will be available through Special Tuning (UK) Ltd when the firsts cars & kits become available in March 2009. The Sequential gearbox will be available soon afterwards - contact us for latest timing details.