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, Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) and Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Epsilon Euskadi).
"The champion won't be the driver who wins the most races, but the one who scores the most points!" This sentence not only confirms that Ludovic Badey has read the race regulations properly. It also proves that his strategy is to go for consistency rather than all-out performance. Clearly eager to make the most of the experience he gained in 2005, the young driver from Lyon is the only man to have made it onto the podium four time in four races. One victory, one second and two third places have been enough to place him at the top of the Eurocup standings after Istanbul. With the young TDS team, Ludovic is more determined than ever to take over as the successor to Jan Heylen.
César Campaniço however came away from Istanbul with just as many points as Badey. Totally out of luck in Zolder, the Portuguese driver was back to winning ways in Turkey. The Championship-winning Racing for Belgium team is clearly keen to retain its title and is focussing all its efforts on doing just that. But with Badey leading by 14 points, they will need a significant change in fortunes in Misano if they are to achieve their goal.
A few points further back, Jaap Van Lagen and Jean-Philippe Dayraut are not likely to be about to give up either. Jumping back and forth between his Comtec Racing Formula Renault 3.5 and the Verschuur team's Mégane, Jaap is trying to maintain a presence on both fronts. For now, he is simply enjoying the opportunity to run in two championships simultaneously! As for Jean-Philippe, after taking no points in Istanbul, he will have to show that he has the capacity to put in a reliable performance to score points and stay with the leading group.
Behind these four, young Matthieu Lahaye is in fifth place in the overall standings and leads the Junior category. The Tech 1 Racing driver was another to put in a poor showing in Istanbul. But as Luigi Ferrara (Oregon Team), James Kirkpatrick (Epsilon Euskadi), Miguel Freitas (Racing for Belgium) and Mathieu Cheruy (Energy Racing) were all unable to make use of this opportunity, he was able to hold onto his lead. Meanwhile, however, Bruce Lorgeré-Roux (Tech 1 Racing), Sébastien Dhouailly (Thierry Boutsen Racing) and Pedro Petiz (Iris Racing) are drawing ever closer.
One of the outsiders in with a chance of a podium spot, Renaud Kuppens (Thierry Boutsen Racing) will hope to maintain his momentum from Istanbul. It will also be worth watching to see how Swiss driver Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) does, as his form seems to be constantly improving.
The Oregon Team will be out to defend the Italian flag. In addition to Junior driver Luigi Ferrara, who is the reigning Italian F3 Champion, Federico Canevisio's team will also be entering Massimiliano Fantini. After having a difficult time of things in Istanbul, the Milan-based team will be looking to do something special on home territory!
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 >>