EU Megane: Donington qualifying notes

Walfisch finds a winning formula By his own admission, Fabrice Walfisch (Team Lompech Sport) has had difficulty driving on new tyres all season. With this in mind, the Frenchman decided to put in as many laps as he could in today's qualifying ...

Walfisch finds a winning formula

By his own admission, Fabrice Walfisch (Team Lompech Sport) has had difficulty driving on new tyres all season. With this in mind, the Frenchman decided to put in as many laps as he could in today's qualifying sessions. He was rewarded with his first two pole positions in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy. Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing) will join him on the front row in both races.

Only about ten drivers decided to take to the track for the opening 15-minute session. Showing the form that earned him the fastest time in collective testing, Fabrice Walfisch (Team Lompech Sport) wasted no time in climbing to the top of the timing screens, with a slender advantage of 0.001 of a second over Mike Verschuur (Equipe Verschuur).

Ten minutes in, Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing) set a new fastest time. Not to be outdone, Walfisch improved on his time and regained the lead. But it was Martin who had the last word in the closing moments, finishing the first session on top with a time of 1'35''211. He was followed by Fabrice Walfisch, Grégory Franchi, Mike Verschuur (Equipe Verschuur) and Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance).

A number of the favourites, including Pedro Petiz, Dimitri Enjalbert, Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing), Ludovic Badey (TDS), Michaël Rossi and Carlo van Dam (Racing for Belgium) had yet to appear on track.

When the action resumed, the five fastest drivers from the first session remained in the pits, anxiously watching the timing screens. There was a brief stoppage five minutes into the session as Wim Beelen crashed off and the red flags were brought out.

Five minutes from the close, the top five remained unchanged. The track did not appear to be getting any quicker, particularly after Beelen's crash left significant portions of the surface littered with gravel.

There were only three and a half minutes to go when Ludovic Badey managed to sneak into fourth place. Soon afterwards, Matthieu Lahaye climbed to third.

With just a minute and a half remaining, Fabrice Walfisch struck the killer blow, snatching top spot from Maxime Martin. Clearly more at ease on worn tyres, the Frenchman thus secured pole position with a time of 1'34''912. Both races will see the same seven drivers line up in the first seven spots on the starting grid. They are Walfisch, Martin, Lahaye, Badey, Franchi, Verschuur and Meichtry, in that order.

Championship leader Pedro Petiz (Tech 1 Racing) put in two below-par performances, recording only the seventeenth- and nineteenth-fastest times.

-credit: renault

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Ludovic Badey , Pedro Petiz , Carlo van Dam , Dimitri Enjalbert , Maxime Martin , Matthieu Lahaye , Ralph Meichtry , Michael Rossi , Wim Beelen