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Cupra brings touring automobile ace out of retirement

The 50-year-old final contested a full season in any motor racing self-discipline in 2015 when he completed third within the TCR Worldwide Sequence standings, driving a Group Craft-Bamboo SEAT Leon.

After a interval on the sidelines, Gene is again and with some gusto committing to a twin campaigns for Cupra within the FIA World Touring Automotive Cup and the all-new electrical Pure ETCR touring automobile sequence, which is able to debut this yr.

Gene has already skilled so much in his profession having received races in Components 3000 within the early 1990s and sportscars within the early noughties, earlier than making the transition to touring vehicles that noticed him get pleasure from success within the European Touring Automotive Championship, World Touring Automotive Championship and now TCR.

Jordi Gene, Cupra Leon WTCR

Jordi Gene, Cupra Leon WTCR

Picture by: Cupra

Having seen his long-time rivals Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro having fun with Indian summers to their careers, sufficient was sufficient and Gene has dedicated to a return – and he’s not placing on his helmet to make up the numbers.

“Primarily as a result of I actually love racing touring vehicles,” stated Gene, when requested why he’s making a return with Zengo Motorsport.

“Additionally, as a result of I labored for Seat, and later for Cupra, since 2003 so I haven’t stopped the connection with the model since then. This yr now we have a a lot larger implementation between the Pure ETCR automobile and the WTCR automobile.

“With the Cupra Leon Competicion, I’ve at all times been concerned with the event, not with racing sadly. When Mikel did a very good season final yr and it was clear we had a superb, aggressive automobile, the query was on the desk: why not return to racing, attempt to assist the model, attempt to assist Mikel and attempt to assist myself to see if I can nonetheless be aggressive with a front-wheel-drive touring automobile.

“I’ve accomplished racing all my life and I actually miss it. And after I see my pals like Gabriele [Tarquini] or Tiago [Monteiro] on TV or from taking a look at their ends in the press it was a tough time as a result of I used to be wishing to be there.

“I maintain following them so much and I used to be pondering I ought to be there, that is what I like to do. It’s my ardour. I do know I’m not 25 years previous, I’m 50 now and it’s the final years of my sporting profession. However I actually love a lot driving and this sense of the race weekends. I pushed for it and it’s a season I’m actually trying ahead to start out.”

Jordi Gene, Cupra Leon WTCR

Jordi Gene, Cupra Leon WTCR

Picture by: Cupra

Whereas Gene has been away from high degree motorsport since a one-off outing in a Cupra TCR machine on the 2018 Nurburgring 24 Hour, the Spaniard says his objective at this level is to simply be aggressive.

“I wish to be aggressive, that’s my predominant goal in the meanwhile,” Gene added.

“I do know within the first few exams that I’ve accomplished with [team-mate] Mikel Azcona within the Cupra Leon Competicion I nonetheless miss a little bit of pace, actually I nonetheless have a couple of tenths to shave from the lap time.

“Within the Cupra e-Racer I believe I’m extra aggressive and our lap instances are very related in the meanwhile. I attempt to be quicker and faster for the WTCR, not within the rhythm of the race tempo however after I qualify or put new tyres, as a result of I lack expertise with the Goodyear tyre, it’s a tyre I’ve by no means used so I have to be taught all these items and I’ve to do that if I wish to do properly. And I don’t wish to be on the again of the grid in each race.

“I perceive generally I’m going to be extra in entrance, generally I’m going to be extra backwards, however I wish to be aggressive particularly with my team-mates. That could be a large objective as a result of I believe that Mikel might be one of many high 5 drivers in the meanwhile.”

The WTCR begins at Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife on Three-5 June whereas the Pure ETCR season begins at Italy’s Autodromo Vallelunga on 18-20 June.

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