TDS Racing : Aiming for more titles

TDS Racing : Aiming for more titles

14.04.2009: The 2008 season will remain in the memory of the TDS Racing team, thanks to their inaugural titles, claiming the ultimate prize in two categories of the Eurocup Mégane Trophy : the European title as well as the title, awarded

World  Series by Renault  Eurocup Renault Mégane Trophy 2009



The 2008 season will remain in the memory of the TDS Racing team, thanks to their inaugural titles, claiming the ultimate prize in two categories of the Eurocup Mégane Trophy : the European title as well as the title, awarded for the very first time, for the ‘gentlemen drivers’.  Having claimed his first laurels, Xavier Combet is very much aware that the competition will be fiercer still this season, with their rivals out for revenge.  Which has not prevented him from raising his ambitions for the new season : « Our aim is to defend our Drivers titles in both the general classification and that of the ‘gentlemen drivers’, but also to aim for the Teams title.  Last year, we finished third, but we missed out on the title by just 5 points. »

The general test session took place at the Paul Ricard HTTT, and the three TDS Mégane Trophy cars, fitted with the Nouvelle Mégane Coupé bodywork kit and the engine upgrade, are ready to commence battle on the Catalunya circuit from April 17th to 19th.  Xavier Combet can count on a promising trio of drivers :

« Jean-Philippe Madonia has remained faithful to the team.  Encouraged by his good results last year, he is motivated to do even better this year.  His determination is such that he is very keen to improve his physical and mental preparation, to be able to fight with the faster and younger drivers.»

« Jonathan Hirschi is the driver on whom our hopes rest in order to follow in Michaël Rossi’s footsteps and aim for the title.  We noticed his good results last years; most notably during the Mégane Trophy at Donington, when he finished his first race in the category on the podium.  He attacks well, and has plenty of potential.  We really want to give him the means to aim for the top in 2009. »

« Pierre Thiriet, our third driver, is new, both to the category and to motorsport in general.  His only experience is some karting, in the French championship.  This will be a big challenge for him, as he will have a steep learning curve, getting to know his Mégane, race competition and all the circuits.  Having missed the Paul Ricard test sessions due to sitting an exam at school, the only tests he has been able to do were those at Barcelona and Alès.  But these were very positive, as he finished 9th overall after the two days of official testing in Catalunya.  He is very calm, hard-working and motivated, and could turn out to be a good surprise. »


CALENDAR


Barcelona (E)        18-19 Avril
Spa (B)            02-03 Mai
Budapest (H)            13-14 Juin
Silverstone (GB)         04-05 Juillet
Le Mans (F)            18-19 Août
Nürburgring (D)        19-20 Septembre
Motorland Alcaniz (E)    24-25 Octobre


THE 2009 DRIVERS


Jonathan HIRSCHI (CH)

23 years old
Born on February 2nd 1986
Réside in Savagnier (Switzerland)
Started karting in 2002
Took part in the 2004 Swiss FR 2.0 Championship
2006 Swiss Formula Renault 2.0 Champion
4 races in the 2007 German F3 2007 Championship
6th in the 2008 Eurocup Renault Mégane Trophy 2008

Jean-Philippe MADONIA (F
)
44 years old
Born on March 29th 1965
Lives in Castries (Hérault)
2 races in the 2006 Renault Mégane Trophy
17th in the 2007 Eurocup Renault Mégane Trophy
Champion “Gentlemen Drivers“ and 10th in the 2008 Eurocup Renault Mégane Trophy

Pierre THIRIET (F)

20 years old
Born on April 20th 1989
Lives in Eloyes (Vosges)
Karting debut in 2005 (ICA category)
2009 : motorsport debut



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