EU Megane: Hungaroring qualifying report

Michael Rossi, the new doctor! Never mind Valentino Rossi, here comes Michael! After taking pole position for both Eurocup Megane Trophy races at the Hungaroring, Michael Rossi has laid down the gauntlet to his rivals! Racing for Belgium's...

Michael Rossi, the new doctor!

Never mind Valentino Rossi, here comes Michael! After taking pole position for both Eurocup Megane Trophy races at the Hungaroring, Michael Rossi has laid down the gauntlet to his rivals! Racing for Belgium's took a clean sweep, as Carlo van Dam will join Rossi on the front row in this afternoon's first race. Ludovic Badey (TDS) proved he is indeed back in business by recording the third best time, less than a tenth off pole position!

During the first 15-minute session, many of the leading drivers decided to wait for the second session. Dimitri Enjalbert, Pedro Petiz, Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing), Ludovic Badey (TDS) and Fabrice Walfisch (Team Lompech Sport) waited patiently in the pit lane.

Meanwhile, Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing) was enjoying himself on the track, putting on a bit of a show for the many fans already present. The Belgian youngster set the time to beat with a lap of 1'51''970, 5/100ths ahead of fellow Belgian Greg Franchi (Equipe Verschuur).

Carlo van Dam (Racing for Belgium) pursued his recent good form by improving on Martin's time in the final minute of the session. In the dying seconds, Mike Verschuur (Equipe Verschuur) grabbed fourth spot from Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance).

The second series got underway after a five-minute break. Martin, Franchi and Ten Brinke stayed in the pits as everyone else headed out onto the track.

It was not until the ninth minute that the standings changed. Ludovic Badey, and then Michael Rossi (Racing for Belgium) took second place. Van Dam position as leader was under threat, as Rossi was only 28/1000ths behind his team-mate.

One lap later, the Frenchman managed to take top spot! At that stage, three minutes of the session remained. No one could improve on the time of Rossi, who took pole position for both of the weekend's races, having set the best two times in qualifying.

Fifth on the grid in race 1, Maxime Martin will start from the front row in Sunday's race. In qualifying on row two for both races, Pedro Petiz managed to limit the damage better than his rival and team-mate Dimitri Enjalbert, who could only manage 9th and 8th.

-credit: renault

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Ludovic Badey , Pedro Petiz , Carlo van Dam , Dimitri Enjalbert , Maxime Martin , Ralph Meichtry , Michael Rossi , Greg Franchi