Dimitri Enjalbert makes it two at Hungaroring

15.06.2009: Dimitri Enjalbert (Boutsen Energy Racing) has got his Eurocup Megane Trophy season well and truly back on track by claiming both wins in the Hungarian leg of the championship this weekend

14/06/2009 – Hungaroring – Race 2


Dimitri Enjalbert (Boutsen Energy Racing) has got his Eurocup Megane Trophy season well and truly back on track by claiming both wins in the Hungarian leg of the championship this weekend. After leading the race from start to finish, the Frenchman drove to victory ahead of Mike Verschuur (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur) and Nick Catsburg (Tech 1 Racing). There are now only five points in it between Mike Verschuur and Jonathan Hirschi (TDS Racing) in the overall standings.

Just like in race 1, Mike Verschuur was taken a little bit unawares by Dimitri Enjalbert’s super fast departure from the start grid. Enjalbert was first through turn 1 ahead of Mike Verschuur, Giorgio Pantano (Oregon Team) and Nick Catsburg. The Frenchman was also quick to pull away from the field while Giorgio Pantano and Nick Catsburg fought for third place.

Further back, sixth place was being fought over between Jean-Philippe Madonia (TDS Racing) and Fabrice Walfisch (Team Lompech Sport). Madonia then lost several places after a brief excursion off-track, leaving the door open for Fabrice Walfisch and Matthieu Cheruy (Tech 1 Racing) to get back into contention.

Front runner Dimitri Enjalbert was among the first drivers to stop to refuel. This left Mike Verschuur to take command for few laps, shadowed every step of the way by Giorgio Pantano. Both cars waited for the end of the compulsory stop window before pitting. But it was Enjalbert’s strategy that was to be the winning one. The Boutsen Energy Racing driver held onto the leadership from Mike Verschuur. Giorgio Pantano, on the other hand, lost out in the process, dropping back to 4th behind Nick Catsburg.

After a drive-through penalty picked up following a collision, Eurocup Megane Trophy leader Jonathan Hirschi found himself black-flagged following a coming together with Angelo Bagueira (Brixia Autosport). This meant the end of the line and a point-less day for Hirschi.

Despite Mike Verschuur’s comeback at the end of the race, Dimitri Enjalbert was able to claim his second win of the weekend. This puts him very much back in the title chase. Arguably it was Mike Verschuur who did best out of the day’s racing. He finished second and took advantage of Jonathan Hirschi troubles to make up lost ground in the overall stakes. The two men are nearly neck and neck with only four points between them. Nick Catsburg was third and earns his first podium finish in Eurocup Megane Trophy, finishing just ahead of Giorgio Pantano. In tenth place, Jean-Philippe Madonia takes the win in the Gentlemen Drivers category.

Quote, unquote:


Dimitri Enjalber
t: “It’s been an incredible weekend. This victory was a tough one today, because Mike Verschuur was very quick. It was really hard to hold him off and not make a mistake towards the end. I needed a lot of points here, it’s just perfect. I love Silverstone, so I can’t wait for the next meeting.”

Mike Verschuur:
“I got a good start, but not as good as Dimitri’s. The weekend has been very good. Anyway, I’m satisfied because Jonathan Hirschi’s troubles mean I’m back with him in the overall standings. I’ve never been to Silverstone, so I’m looking forward to discovering it.”

Nick Catsburg:
“This is my first podium and I hope not my last. Yet the weekend didn’t start off too well, because it took us a while to find the right setup. And I didn’t know this circuit, so I had to get my bearings. Today everything went very well and the car responded to changes just as we’d hoped.”


 
- Blanca de Foronda-

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