EMT: Jan Heylen Zolder race summary

Heylen takes first win ever in Mégane Trophy on soil ground. Jan Heylen guaranteed himself a place in the history of the World Series by taking the first pole ever and winning the inaugural race of the Renault Mégane Trophy on...

Heylen takes first win ever in Mégane Trophy on soil ground.

Jan Heylen guaranteed himself a place in the history of the World Series by taking the first pole ever and winning the inaugural race of the Renault Mégane Trophy on Saturday. Racing for Belgium so assured a perfect opening of the World Series by Renault as Jan came home 2nd in the race on Sunday.

"Taking the first pole, in 1.36.338, ever in the Trophy was of course a great relief. But it's not only my achievement. The team worked hard to get everything as good as possible," explains Jan Heylen his performance. "The second qualifying was much more difficult. We decided to save on tyres and I staid in the pitlane till 10 minutes before the end of the session.

Unfortunately, the session was interrupted by several red flag situations and I only got one free lap. 2nd, in 1.38.184, is, of course a fine result but I felt that one extra lap would have meant a second pole-position. After all, this second position makes an all 'Racing for Belgium' front row for the second heat as my team mate César Campaniço took pole. "

"The race on Saturday was almost perfect. I started from pole and finished on that same spot after 14 laps. This feels great: winning this first race ever of the Renault Mégane Trophy, especially here in Zolder in front of a huge crowd. This is without doubt one of the best moments of my career.

Even If I led from the start till the finish, it was not an easy race. We had three safety car interventions, and every re-start is dangerous. At every occasion, the whole field gets back together and you have to defend your position. But I managed to control everything and to take my first win of the weekend."

The second heat of the day ended on the podium again. But the way to the 2nd spot was much harder than expected. After a good start, Jan managed to follow closely his Portuguese teammate Campaniço.

As a few cars were standing on the track, the safety car came out again. Jan tells us the story after the restart: "After the green was shown again, I was struggling to get the car on full speed as the engine lost power. The driver behind me got closer and we both spun off after he hit me from behind."

The race direction decided to end the race after the incident involving Jan Heylen and Jan regained his 2nd place in the standings.

Jan looks back on this very first weekend: "I'm very pleased with the result even if I would have liked another victory. But given the circumstances, I think this has been a very good weekend. I would like to thank the team for the job they did throughout the last week and we will be back in Valencia on full force."

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Jan Heylen , Cesar Campanico