From racing version to street version: After their successful participation with race cars, the winners of last year’s Seat Leon Langstrecken Challenge Thomas Koll and Bernd Schneider have now received the more basic street version, the Seat Leon FR, as their prize. The head of the marketing department Rainer Koth and the head of the motor sport department Oliver Schielein presented the award to the winners at the Seat Deutschland headquarters.
“The basic features of our make come directly from motor sports and thus underline the sporting origin of our cars. Motor sport thus is a perfect marketing instrument to communicate these values to a broad public”, explains Koch the significance given to their motor sport engagement. “We are very glad that the race drivers now can also be out on public streets with the Leon FR to promote our make.”
In 2008, the Seat Leon Langstrecken Challenge comprised two classifications: The one for the older Seat Leon Supercopa models of the type MK1 and the one for the current cars (MK2). “From the sporting point of view, the BFGoodrich Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring is a very demanding series”, explains Schielein, “The Nordschleife is one of the most difficult race tracks and the drivers are fighting really hard. In addition, the race duration of four hours definitely represents a special challenge both for man and material.” Thomas Koll and Bernd Schneider met this challenge best last year. Koll was able to secure his title in the classification of the MK1 models in advance with a score of 25 points. Schneider, yet, had to wait until the finish of the last championship race before he was able to celebrate his overall victory for MK2 types, scoring 40,42 points..