#msirl @Seat_Supercup Confirms 2017 Calendar
Following on from a highly competitive 2016 championship, the SEAT Supercup Ireland is pleased to confirm details of its 2017 race calendar. With the second season of the SEAT Ireland backed championship producing six different race winners, three of whom went into the final event in contention for the overall title, 2017 will again consist of 12 rounds run over 6 events. Drivers will face the challenge of four different circuits with the championship travelling to three different race tracks over the season which will run from April to September.
Mondello Park will host the season opening double header on April 9th as the first of two events that will run on the National circuit, the second being Rounds 7 & 8 on July 8-9. The SEAT Sport built Leon Supercopas will also race twice on Mondello’s International circuit with Rounds 5 & 6 on June 10-11 the first opportunity to unleash the full performance potential of the high spec touring cars. They will get a second chance to experience this when they return to the County Kildare’s 3.5km long international circuit for the concluding rounds on September 16-17.
The 2017 SEAT Supercup Ireland will also include two trips to Northern Ireland. Where the championship came to fruition in 2015 when it hosted the first SEAT Supercup Ireland race, Bishopscourt Racing Circuit is the venue for Rounds 3 & 4 on May 6-7. The high speed County Down circuit is perfectly suited to the Leon’s racing aero package and last year it produced one of the most exciting races of the season. Setting the stage for the season finale, Kirkistown is the venue for the penultimate race weekend on August 26th, the track a favourite among drivers.
A key change to the 2017 calendar will be the number of counting rounds. With drivers having only been able to discard one round in 2016, now a driver will count their best 10 results from the 12 rounds to determine the final championships standings. Having received a number of serious driver enquiries over the winter, including one from the UK and one from Europe, the SEAT Supercup Ireland is aiming to build on the competitiveness of the 2016 season with Erik Holstein & Murray Motorsport out to defend their titles.