By taking a clean sweep of the podium places for race one of the Mégane Trophy, the Tech 1 Racing team has confirmed it is well in control of the Eurocup. Dimitri Enjalbert takes his first win of the season ahead of Matthieu Lahaye and Pedro Petiz.
The intrigue got underway early on as Michaël Rossi (Racing for Belgium) remained immobile on the grid, unable to start the formation lap. The young French driver was able to make the start in the end, but only from the pitlane.
Dimitri Enjalbert got off to the best start from pole position. Starting from right behind his teammate on the grid, Matthieu Lahaye slotted smoothly into his slipstream to go into the opening bend in second position. Further, Ralph Meichtry managed to hold onto third but not without some difficulty. The one to come off worst from the start was Maxime Martin, who completed lap one in fifth position behind Bernhard Ten Brinke. These two were followed by Petiz, Van Dam and Badey.
On lap two, Ralph Meichtry snatched second place away from Lahaye. Michaël Rossi and Diego Romanini (Oregon Team) lost a lot of time when they collided. Behind Enjalbert, Meichtry and Lahaye, a thrilling battle was starting to rage in the chasing group. Pedro Petiz moved up into fourth on lap five, while Bernhard Ten Brinke dropped back to sixth behind Maxime Martin. A few lengths further back, the battle for seventh between Carlo van Dam, Ludovic Badey, Fabrice Walfisch and Sébastien Dhouailly was just as spectacular!
With just under half of the race gone, Walfisch and Verschuur became the first drivers to come into the pits to refuel. Meanwhile, Lahaye had spirited second place away from Meichtry. In an effort to regain the upper hand, the Swiss driver then made an unforced error which put him out of touch with the leaders. He went on to make his stop at the start of lap twelve.
Martin and Dhouailly then came into the pits on the following lap. This handed fourth place to Ten Brinke who set off in pursuit of Petiz. But the battle wasn't to last long, as the Portuguese driver made his stop on lap 14. But fortunately, there is never any shortage of battles in the Mégane Trophy: while Enjalbert and Lahaye made their stops at the same time, Martin and Meichtry were busy fighting it out for eighth place!
Ten Brinke was the last driver to make his stop on lap 15. Enjalbert then regained the lead ahead of Lahaye, Petiz, Ten Brinke, Meichtry, Martin, Walfisch and Dhouailly. But Ten Brinke was not able to savour his fourth place for long, as he picked up a drive through' for having crossed the white line when exiting the pit lane. On the penultimate lap, Maxime Martin then snatched 4th place away from Meichtry. Despite having to serve his drive through', Ten Brinke still managed to finish ninth behind Walfisch, Dhouailly and Verschuur.
Dimitri Enjalbert: "The race went well for me: I got off to a good start, made it into the first bend in the lead and led from start to finish. I couldn't possibly have imagined that I was going to be able to open up such a lead right from the start of the race. I hope to do just the same tomorrow."
Matthieu Lahaye: «I'm happy to make it onto the podium after a difficult weekend in Zolder. My car wasn't handling brilliantly at the start of the race and Meichtry was able to get past me. But I managed to stay in touch, the car improved and I was able to regain the upper hand."
Pedro Petiz: "It wasn't an easy race, particularly on the opening lap, because I got off to a poor start. But the team was excellent at the pitstop and in the end I'm satisfied to finish on the podium."
After dominating collective testing, Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing) has gone on to prove his potential in qualifying: the Junior driver will now start from pole position in both races. He will line up on the front row for both races alongside Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing), who has also shown he is on form at the Nürburgring. Further back, Lahaye, Petiz and Meichtry wil weiter >>
By taking the best time in both collective testing sessions, almost a second ahead of Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing), Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing) has given his rivals plenty to worry about. But some of his fellow title contenders will undoubtedly come back strongly tomorrow
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Tech 1 Racing almost completed a clean sweep in Zolder, managing to collect enough points to end the weekend with the top two spots in the three championships (Drivers, Juniors and Teams)! The French team has cast a shadow over its rivals for the time being, but it is by no means certain that they will produce a repeat performance in Nürburgring. As Ralph Meichtry (Race Performan weiter >>
In a fitting finale to the opening meeting of the World Series by Renault, which has been attended by 98,000 motorsport enthusiasts, the Eurocup Mégane Trophy drivers put on a breathtaking show. Thanks to his astute strategy, Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) was able to claim his first race win ahead of Dimitri Enjalbert and Pedro Petiz (Tech 1 Racing).
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Having made a good start to the World Series last week in Monza, it looks like the Tech 1 Racing team are determined to do the same in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy. Pedro Petiz, Dimitri Enjalbert and Matthieu Lahaye clocked the day's best times. The only blot on the landscape came when Lahaye crashed out quite violently at the end of the first session. In fifth place, Leinders and D weiter >>
Pedro Petiz and Dimitri Enjalbert will be in pole position for the Eurocup Mégane Trophy races at Zolder. The Tech 1 Racing junior drivers showed that their excellent performances in collective testing were no fluke as they dominated qualifying. Only Mike Verschuur (Equipe Verschuur) was able to counter Tech 1's dominance, winning a spot on the front row for the second race. weiter >>
Renault MEGANE TROPHY ZOLDER
Pedro Petiz and Dimitri Enjalbert pulled off a double for the Tech 1 Racing team in the opening race of the Eurocup Mégane Trophy 2007. Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur) showed further evidence of his progress with his first podium finish in the category. This endurance' race, cut a few minutes short after Grégory Franchi crashed o weiter >>
EUROCUP MEGANE TROPHY
Despite the huge contingent of French drivers, the Belgians are highly determined to hold their own. The driver pairings of François Duval/Bas Leinders, Vincent Vosse/Grégory Franchi, Renaud Kuppens/Geoffroy Horion, and Maxime Martin/Maxime Soulet are all extremely determined to hear the Belgian national anthem ring out on the podium!
The Eurocup Mégane Trophy teams met for two more days of collective testing at the Barcelona circuit. Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) was in command during this first day of testing while today's fastest lap was registered by Carlo Van Dam (Racing for Belgium).
«Our team will be similar to 2005, similar to when we won the first Eurocup Megane Trophy championship with J weiter >>
Megane Trophy drivers back in action
This year's Eurocup Mégane Trophy competitors met for two days of collective testing at the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit on Thursday and Friday. In his return to motor racing, Ludovic Badey (TDS) recorded the best time.
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Eurocup Mégane Trophy
A total of ten teams and 22 cars have now confirmed that they will take part in the 2007 Eurocup Mégane Trophy.
The Organizing Committee, made up of Philippe Talou-Derible (VP Sales and Marketing, Renault Sport), François Sicard (Circuit Racing Manager, Renault Sport), Jaime Alguersuari (President, RPM Racing) and Jordi Castells (Moto weiter >>
Barcelona Race 2 Renault Megane Trophy
Jaap van Lagen celebrated his Eurocup Mégane Trophy title in style by taking his fourth victory of the season ahead of Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) and César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium). The podium for weiter >>
Barcelona Race 1:
Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) has taken his third victory of the season in Barcelona. This means the Dutchman succeeds Jan Heylen as the holder of the Eurocup Mégane Trophy title. A second place for Matthieu Lahaye earns Tech 1 Racing the Team title. César Campaniço took t weiter >>
Determined to take the title in style, Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) has secured both pole positions in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy. He will be joined on the front row by Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) in both races. Further back, Frédéric Gabillon (Team Lompech Sport), Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Epsilon Euskadi) and César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium) will be looking have their weiter >>
Although there are still four drivers in with a chance of winning the Eurocup Mégane Trophy, Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) is the only one who can afford to play it safe. Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing), Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Epsilon Euskadi) and César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium) have little choice: they will have to come out all guns blazing if they are to catch the Dutc weiter >>
The Eurocup Mégane Trophy will take a step closer to the world of Endurance racing in 2007 with longer races and the possibility of entering two-driver teams.
Redesigned racing format
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The 150,000 spectators present at the French round of the World Series by Renault had been waiting all weekend to hear the Marseillaise ring out on the podium. Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Epsilon-Euskadi) gave them just what they wanted as he recorded the weekend's first French win. The podium was completed by two other French drivers, team-mates at Tech 1 Racing: Matthieu Lahaye and weiter >>
Portuguese driver Pedro Petiz (Iris Racing) collected his first Eurocup Mégane Trophy win by opting for slick tyres, despite the fact it was raining on the start grid! Second-placed Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Epsilon-Euskadi) finished on the podium for the fourth time this season. Like Petiz, Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) made the most of an astute choice of tyres to claim the th weiter >>
Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Epsilon-Euskadi) claimed his first pole position in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy. He will start on the front row in both races alongside Bruce Lorgeré-Roux (Tech 1 Racing). But for race two, the two men will swap places, after Bruce recorded the second best time of the session.
Clear skies greeted the Mégane Trophies as they took to the track for the weiter >>
The three Eurocup Mégane Trophy collective test sessions saw a variety of track conditions today: wet this morning, dry at the beginning of the afternoon and drenched by the end of the day. Overall, Bruce Lorgeré-Roux (Tech 1 Racing) put in the fastest lap time.
Much of the track was still wet this morning when the Mégane Trophies took to the track. Under these wet condi weiter >>
Having won three of the last four races, Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) is the man in form as we approach the end of the season. Not content to totally dominate the Junior standings, the Rennes-based driver is now also hot on the heels of Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) in the race for the overall title. Can Matthieu bask himself in glory on home soil?
At just 21 year weiter >>
Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) took his second victory of the weekend after a thrilling duel with Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur). Without a doubt, the Eurocup is going to go one of these two talented drivers! Franck Mailleux (TDS) will be satisfied to conclude his first weekend in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy with a podium finish. In total, more than 90,000 fans attended the UK weiter >>
The Tech 1 Racing team has secured its first one-two of the season with Matthieu Lahaye and Bruce Lorgeré-Roux. The two Junior drivers were joined on the podium by Jaap Van Lagen. And, after race one in Donington, the overall standings are tighter than ever!
Several drivers were penalized as a result of incidents in qualifying: Pedro Petiz (Iris Racing) and Bruce Lorgeré weiter >>
After starting from the front of the grid at the Nürburgring, Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) has made it onto pole again at Donington Park. By setting the second fastest time overall, the Junior driver will also start from pole position in race two. Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) and Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Epsilon Euskadi) will be the ones lining up alongside him.
Th weiter >>
While Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) set the best times in the opening two collective testing sessions, it was Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) who fought his way back in the third round. But when the three sessions were over, it was nevertheless the Eurocup leader who came out on top with the fastest time overall. The two men seem to be shaping up for another duel similar to t weiter >>
Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) remains the only driver to have finished in the points at every race this season. He therefore heads for Donington with a lead which, without being comfortable, means that he remains in control ahead of the chasing pack led by César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium), Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Epsilon Euskadi) and Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing).
After being given a 25-second penalty for cutting across a chicane, César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium) lost victory in the second Eurocup Mégane Trophy race at the Nürburgring. The Stewards have since cancelled this penalty, thus handing victory back to the Portuguese driver.
At the request of César Campaniço, the Stewards analyzed timing data and concluded that no adv weiter >>
After Matthieu Lahaye's triumph in yesterday's race, today it was the turn of Bruce Lorgeré-Roux to do his Tech 1 Racing team proud by winning race two. The French team claimed a one-two, as Lahaye finished second. With yet another podium finish, Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) stretches his lead at the top of the Eurocup Mégane Trophy standings.
Matthieu Lahaye mistim weiter >>
Having claimed his first pole positions in qualifying this morning, Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) went on to win his first Eurocup Mégane Trophy race this afternoon. Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) finished second, and moves to the top of the overall standings. Bruce Lorgeré-Roux completed a great result for Tech 1 Racing, taking third spot on the podium.
The two Tec weiter >>
Young Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) collected his first two pole positions of the season at the end of tricky session held on drying track. The Junior driver will be joined on the front row by team-mate Bruce Lorgeré-Roux in race one. Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) will be alongside him at the start of tomorrow's race.
Dense fog shrouded the Nürburgring circuit firs weiter >>
The two in-form drivers for this first day were Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) and Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing), who monopolized the top two spots in all three sessions. The Dutch driver posted the day's best overall time.
The fourth meeting of the season got underway this morning with one very significant absentee: Ludovic Badey. The Frenchman had to withdraw afte weiter >>
Ludovic Badey (TDS) and César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium), clear leaders going into the Misano meeting, saw Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) and Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Epsilon Euskadi) come back at them strongly in Italy. Only fourteen points cover the first four. Before the summer break, they will all be trying to move clear in Nürburgring.
Eurocup Mégane Trophy lea weiter >>
Winner at the opening round in Zolder, Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) got back to winning ways after leading the second Megane race from start to finish. The battle for the two remaining podium places was more intense, but César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium) prevailed, taking second ahead of Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance).
Vainqueur de la manche d'ouverture à Zold weiter >>
The Frenchman Ludovic Badey (TDS) comes to Misano with a significant lead over his Portuguese rival César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium). After dominating proceedings in Istanbul, the two look set to continue their duel in the hot Adriatic sun. But in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy, battles rarely turn out be just one-on-one affairs! Others to watch out for are the winners in Zolder, weiter >>
César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium) is the fourth different winner in as many races in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy. The Portuguese driver was joined on the podium by Ludovic Badey (TDS), who shoots up the overall standings as a result, and Luca Filippi (TP Compétition / Moteur Huger), who puts a fine end to a weekend for which his primary objective was to get a closer look at the weiter >>
After starting from pole position, Ludovic Badey (TDS) let César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium) do all the running out front before regaining the upper hand on the final lap. Bruce Lorgeré-Roux (Tech 1 Racing) took the third podium spot for this first race in the category.
Jean-Philippe Dayraut fell victim to an electronic problem while lining up for the formation lap. H weiter >>
Ludovic Badey (TDS) and César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium) took a pole position each for the Eurocup Mégane Trophy. The French driver set the overall fastest time and will start from pole this afternoon. Tomorrow, it will be the turn of the Portuguese driver, who already dominated in collective testing. weiter >>
More than six weeks after the season started in Zolder, the Eurocup Mégane Trophy competitors head to Istanbul for the championship's second round. The winners in Belgium, Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Epsilon Euskadi) and Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) are neck and neck with Ludovic Badey (TDS) and Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) at the top of the overall standings. But there other weiter >>
Jean-Philippe Dayraut won the second Eurocup Mégane Trophy race to round off a perfect series of results for the French drivers started by Salignon and Groppi. The Epsilon Euskadi driver finished ahead of another two Frenchmen, Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) and Ludovic Badey (TDS). This opening round of weiter >>
Jaap Van Lagen will tell anyone who is prepared to listen: he loves the Mégane Trophy. And he loves it even more now, after winning the first race of the season! The Verschuur team driver finished ahead of Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Epsilon Euskadi) and Ludovic Badey (TDS). Fourth overall, Matthieu Lahaye (Tech weiter >>
Qui succédera à Jan Heylen, premier vainqueur de l’Eurocup Mégane Trophy ? Un redoublant, comme Ludovic Badey, César Campaniço, Frédéric Gabillon ou Renaud Kuppens ? Un nouveau venu, comme Jaap Van Lagen, Jean-Philippe Dayraut, Justin Keen ou Luigi Ferrara ? Difficile de faire un pronostic… et c’est tant mieux !
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The Eurocup Megane Trophy line-up took to the Paul Ricard HTTT Circuit for their final round of pre-season testing before the Championship starts in Zolder next week. Epsilon Euskadi put in an outstanding performance placing both Jean-Phillipe Dayraut and James Kirkpatrick at the front of the field.
After the Nürburgring, the Eurocup Meganes headed to France for some mor weiter >>
The Nürburgring Circuit was the venue for the first collective testing of the Eurocup Megane Trophy season. Over the two days, the drivers had to deal with all kinds of weather conditions, including snow! Angel Burgueño (Epsilon-Euskadi) was the quickest driver in testing from a list of thirty participants!
The teams arrived at the German circuit early last weekend and w weiter >>