A first victory, a second place and Jonathan Hirschi leaves as leader

A first victory, a second place and Jonathan Hirschi leaves as leader

22.04.2009: The single qualifying practice session on Saturday morning is vital, setting the two starting grids for a Mégane Trophy meeting. Afterwards, Jonathan Hirschi had good reasons to be disappointed :

The single qualifying practice session on Saturday morning is vital, setting the two starting grids for a Mégane Trophy meeting.

Afterwards, Jonathan Hirschi had good reasons to be disappointed  :

“We didn’t start off very well. What we attempted in qualifying was not well adapted to the conditions at that time, and we were off the mark.“ Jonathan found himself only 7th in both classifications, the second-fastest lap from each driver being used to set Sunday’s starting grid. “The rain played in our favour for the first race.  I expected to be at ease in these conditions, that’s certain. But not as much as that !

 The aim was to get to the finish line. I had a good start, without taking any risks, overtook two cars at the first corner, and four in total during the first lap.  I was well set-up for the racing line in the wet, and that allowed me to get the most of the circuit. “ Having caught up with Catsburg and Enjalbert as early as the second lap, Jonathan began to put the pressure on, before they were both caught out by the treacherous conditions.

Leading ahead of his team-mate Madonia, Jonathan pulled away, with the rest of the race running smoothly, especially during the obligatory pit-stop. “It is an honour to win my first race, the first of the season, and the very first race of the new Mégane Trophy.“

On Sunday, it was still raining, but the challenge proved to be more difficult. “Unlike yesterday, we didn’t have new tyres.“ As it turned out, the rain tyres had proved to be very soft for this kind of car.  All the competitors would have liked to use new tyres for the second race, but Michelin had not brought enough with them.  The decision was taken to start Sunday’s race with the same set of tyres.  Which was a disadvantage for teams who, like TDS, had worn their tyres more on Saturday. 

However, Jonathan Hirschi still managed a good result on a track which was beginning to dry towards the end.  He climbed up from the 7th position to right behind the wheels of the winner, Verschuur. “ Our strategy was to stop quite early for the pit-stop.  After that, I passed three backmarkers in the same lap, and then I had an empty track in front of me for eight or ten minutes, and I gained four or five seconds on  Verschuur.“

Eurocup Renault Mégane Trophy 2009 BARCELONA - Round 1/7


Starting Grid Race 1

1    Mike VERSCHUUR        McG. Verschuur    1’52“239
2    Dimitri ENJALBERT        Boutsen Energy    1’52“343
3    Bernhard TEN BRINKE        Verschuur    1’52“500
4    Nick CATSBURG        Tech 1        1’53“164
5    Pierre THIRIET        TDS Racing    1’53“334
7    Jonathan HIRSCHI        TDS Racing    1’53“596
14  Pierre HIRSCHI        Oregon Team    1’54“944

Starting Grid Race 2

1    Dimitri ENJALBERT        Boutsen Energy    1’52“393
2    Bernhard TEN BRINKE        Verschuur    1’52“879
3    Mike VERSCHUUR        McG. Verschuur    1’53“096
4    Pierre THIRIET        TDS Racing    1’53“401
5    Nick CATSBURG        Tech 1        1’53“539
7    Jonathan HIRSCHI        TDS Racing    1’53“687
14  Pierre HIRSCHI        Oregon Team    1’55“381

Race 1

1    Jonathan HIRSCHI        TDS Racing
                19 laps in 42’37“672
2    Jean-Philippe MADONIA    TDS Racing    at 18“051
3    Mike VERSCHUUR        McG. Verschuur    at 33“7
4    Pierre THIRIET        TDS Racing    at 48“7
5    Matthieu CHERUY        Tech 1        at 53“4
10  Pierre HIRSCHI        Oregon Team    at 1’27“3
        FL : J. HIRSCHI 2’10“617

Race 2

1    Mike VERSCHUUR        McG. Verschuur
                19 laps in 42’37“436
2    Jonathan HIRSCHI        TDS Racing    at 0“4
3    Bernhard TEN BRINKE        Verschuur    at 8“1
4    Nick CATSBURG        Tech 1        at 8“6
5    Matthieu CHERUY        Tech 1        at 16“9
9    Pierre HIRSCHI        Oregon Team    at 41“7
        FL : VERSCHUUR 2’08“304

Overall Classification 
   1. Jonathan HIRSCHI  27  pts, 2. VERSCHUUR  26, 3. MADONIA  18, 4. CHERUY  14,
 5. THIRIET  12, ...  10. Pierre HIRSCHI (2nd Gentlemen Drivers)  3, etc.
 Teams :  1. TDS Racing   45, 2. McGregor Verschuur  26, Tech 1 Racing  20, etc.



- Jonathan Hirschi -   also photos

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22.04.2009 / MaP

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