Le Mans Presentation - Lahaye on a roll? Renault Megane Trophy
Le Mans Presentation - Lahaye on a roll? Renault Megane Trophy
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 years old, Matthieu Lahaye is already in his fifth season of racing. After taking part in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy with Tech 1 Racing last year, he decided to build on his experience in 2006. He clearly had plenty to call upon: since the Nürburgring meeting, the Breton has become the pace-setter in the category. Right under the nose of Van Lagen, Campaniço and Dayraut, to mention just a few!
With the exception of his catastrophic weekend in Istanbul, Matthieu has always been there or thereabouts. But in the last two meetings, he has turned up the heat: in addition to some skillfully obtained pole positions, he has put together a series of wins, on each occasion after some magnificent racing with his rivals.
For the time being, however, the Eurocup leader is still Jaap Van Lagen. The Dutchman has already achieved a unique feat: he is the only driver to have finished all ten races in the points, including five top-three finishes and two race wins. This unerring consistency has put the ever-smiling Jaap 17 points clear of Lahaye. The battle is far from over between the two men, but Van Lagen knows he can afford to finish behind his rival and content himself with high place points.
A few points adrift of the leading pair, two other drivers are still in the race for the title: César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium) and Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Epsilon-Euskadi). Despite each having recorded two wins, their lack of consistency looks set to count against them when it comes to the totting up the final points.
The top four is supported by Lahaye's in-form team-mate, Bruce Lorgeré-Roux. Despite only starting mid-way through the season, he has wasted no time in getting to grips with the Mégane Trophy. Thanks to his rapid progress, Tech 1 Racing also leads the Team standings.
After coming to Donington to try out the category with TDS, Franck Mailleux also from Rennes managed to finish on the podium. His success has clearly whetted his appetite, as he will be racing again in Le Mans! Two other drivers return to racing this weekend: last year's runner-up Renaud Derlot (TP Compétition/Moteur Huger) and Frédéric Gabillon (Team Lompech Sport).
But the list of challengers does not stop there. Pedro Petiz (Iris Racing), Luigi Ferrara (Oregon Team), James Kirkpatrick (Epsilon Euskadi), Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur), Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) and Steve Abold (Roma team Baumgärtner) all have a chance of featuring in the top places.
Junior drivers Sébastien Dhouailly (Team Lompech Sport) and Mathieu Cheruy (Energy Racing), who have been more subdued of late, will determined to put on a good show in front of their home fans. As for «gentlemen drivers» such as Pascal Ballay (Energy Racing), Jean-Charles Miginiac (Team Lompech Sport), Jean-Philippe Madonia (TDS) and Jean-Yves Mallat (TP Compétition/Moteur Huger), their main goal will be to enjoy themselves, but they will also be trying to get into the points!
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.
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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 !
Excitant en 2005, le plateau 2006 de l’Eurocup Mégane Troph weiter >>
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 >>
The Megane Trophy drivers had their first test in preparation of the forthcoming season. A total of seven teams completed two days of testing in Valencia. The drivers will have another two sessions of joint testing on the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit, but that will be in 2006 Today, Cesar Campaniço demostrated that he is in great form!
Ludovic Badey, third overall in the 200 weiter >>
Having attracted more than 700,000 spectators to tracks around Europe in 2005, the first World Series by Renault season has been a resounding success with the fans. In 2006, the Eurocup Mégane Trophy will be focussed on stability. There will however be some slight changes: for instance, next season there will only be one qualifying session.
The selection of competitor weiter >>
Somewhat unsurprisingly, the Mégane Trophy race was action-packed. Here at Monza, where it's all about speed and slipstream driving, the Eurocup drivers held nothing back. And it was the Tech 1 Racing team who came out of the frenzy with most success, as Simon Abadie and Matthieu Lahaye completed a team one-two! In spite of not scoring any points, Jan Heylen (Racing for Belgium) weiter >>
Marc Benz (Iris Racing) and Jeffrey Van Hooydonk (Thierry Boutsen Racing) each took their second pole position of the season. The Swiss driver will start alongside Simon Abadie (Tech 1 Racing) in this evening's first race. Marc will also start from the front row in tomorrow' weiter >>
To be the first ever winner of the Eurocup Mégane Trophy, Jan Heylen (Racing for Belgium) must score eight points in Italy this weekend. Renaud Derlot's (TP Compétition) chances of overall victory are slim but still alive! Winner of the last four races, Ludovic Badey (Pouche weiter >>
The third Mégane Trophy race brought the curtain down on a highly successful Estoril meeting. After the unveiling of Clio III, Franck Montagny's demonstration in the F1 R24 and the Renault Heritage parade led by Jean Ragnotti, the 50,000 spectators here today looked on as Lud weiter >>
Ludovic Badey (Pouchelon Racing) secured a third consecutive win at the end of a race that was just as eventful as the first race. Jan Heylen (Racing for Belgium) and Renaud Derlot (TP Compétition) complete the top three after Marc Benz (Iris Racing) crashed off on the last weiter >>
Ludovic Badey (Pouchelon Racing) took his second consecutive win after an action-packed race full of suspense, certainly the most exciting race since the start of the season! Second, Junior Marc Benz (Iris Racing) produced his best result of the season, ahead of Jan Heylen (Racing for Belgiu weiter >>
Renaud Derlot (TP Compétition), Ludovic Badey (Pouchelon Racing) and Marc Benz (Iris Racing) took the one pole position each from the three qualifying sessions. It was Badey who achieved the best overall performance , as he will be the only driver to start each race on weiter >>
After having come so close in Oschersleben, Ludovic Badey (Pouchelon Racing) took his first victory of the season after a superb battle with Jan Heylen (Racing for Belgium) and Jeffrey Van Hooydonk (Thierry Boutsen Racing).
The first action came early when Ludovic Badey span on the formation lap! Luis Miguel Reyes came off worse from the start, as he span and ran off ont weiter >>
After starting from pole position, Jan Heylen (Racing for Belgium) controlled the race perfectly to collect his sixth victory in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy. The Belgian finished ahead of two his closest rivals: Renaud Derlot (TP Competition) and Ludovic Badey (Pouchelon Racing).
César Campaniço tried his luck from the start, but his teammate Jan Heylen was not to be intim weiter >>
The first two qualifying sessions of the Eurocup Mégane Trophy were held on a drenched track. Jan Heylen (Racing for Belgium) and Jeffrey Van Hooydonk (Thierry Boutsen Racing) showed that they were a cut above the rest in the 'oh so British' conditions, which were, after all, not exactly untypical of their homeland either!
With Pascal Ballay unab weiter >>
Showdown in England
After dominating the start of the season, Jan Heylen (Racing for Belgium) saw his lead seriously eaten into by Renaud Derlot (TP Compétition) at Oschersleben. The Franco-Belgian duel between the top two drivers will approach its climax on Br weiter >>
Under chaotic conditions mainly due to the weather, the second Mégane Trophy race was won by Jeffrey Van Hooydonk (Thierry Boutsen Racing) after Ludovic Badey (Pouchelon Racing) was disqualified. Renaud Derlot (TP Compétition) and César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium) took the other podium spots.
The rain started to fall just as soon as all the cars had lined up on the st weiter >>
After starting from pole, César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium) led the race from start to finish to secure his first win of the season. The Portuguese driver came home ahead of Renaud Derlot (TP Compétition) and Nicolas Gianniberti (Oregon Team). Marc Benz (Iris Racing) took yet another victory in the Junior category.
César Campaniço got off to the best start from pole p weiter >>
César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium) took his first pole position of the season in the opening qualifying session. This evening the Portuguese driver will start alongside Jeffrey Van Hooydonk (Thierry Boutsen Racing), back to top form after a catastrophic weekend in Bilbao. And Campaniço nearly did the double, but Renaud Derlot (TP Compétition) was just that little bit too quick weiter >>
Jan Heylen (Racing for Belgium) has been putting together a string of victories since the very start of the Eurocup Mégane Trophy: in six races, he has come home first five times and has extended the gap over Renaud Derlot (TP Compétition). As we reach the mid-season mark this week-end, it is high time for the Belgian's rivals to rise to the challenge at the Oschersleben circuit. weiter >>
After a nail bitingly close race, Jan Heylen (Racing for Belgium) scored his fifth victory of the season, extending his lead even further in the Eurocup overall standings. The Belgian finished in front of Nicola Gianniberti (Oregon Team) and Angel Burgueño (Team Elias).
As the second qualifying session had been cancelled, the line-up for the starting grid was based on th weiter >>