Everything's rosy for Rossi! Michael Rossi (TDS) was back on form, as he claimed his third win of the season. He has given himself some breathing space at the top of the overall standings ahead of Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing), ...
Everything's rosy for Rossi!
Michael Rossi (TDS) was back on form, as he claimed his third win of the season. He has given himself some breathing space at the top of the overall standings ahead of Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing), who finished third today behind Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing).
In pole position, the pressure was on Michael Rossi for a successful start, his weak point since the beginning of the season. But once again, the TDS driver missed his chance and it was Maxime Martin who took the lead. Rossi also had to work hard to fend off attacks from Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing).
On the second lap, Rossi made use of the slipstream, attacking Martin on the start-finish straight. Unstoppable, the number 12 Megane Trophy car was now in front. Rossi immediately went into action to establish his lead, while Maxime Martin had to contend with Dimitri Enjalbert. Matthieu Cheruy (Tech 1 Racing) and Sebastien Dhouailly (Team Lompech Sport) completed the provisional top 5.
In the main field, the various skirmishes lacked no less bite. Jonathan Hirschi (Tech 1 Motorsport) managed to pass Ralph Meichtry, to take seventh place. Just ahead, Fabrice Walfisch (Oregon Team), Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur) and Wim Beelen (Equipe Verschuur) were giving nothing away!
Maxime Martin was the first driver to pit. Rossi followed him one lap later. As was expected, the Frenchman left the pit-lane ahead of the Belgian. During the staggered strategies, Matthieu Cheruy was in the lead, ahead of Bernhard Ten Brinke and Jonathan Hirschi.
Once refueling had taken place Michael Rossi took control of the race again with more than five seconds lead over Maxime Martin and Dimitri Enjalbert. The two drivers were nose-to-tail! Piling on the pressure, Enjalbert was looking to force a mistake. Twelve minutes from the chequered flag, the Tech 1 Racing driver saw his chance and overtook the Boutsen Energy Racing man.
Behind them, Matthieu Cheruy and Jonathan Hischi were fighting for fourth position. Hirschi braked too late, missed harpooning his teammate and gave Sebastien Dhouailly the opportunity he needed to steal fifth place. The Swiss driver tried to regain the upper hand, but crashed out. Bernhard Ten Brinke made the most of the situation before dislodging Sebastien Dhouailly from fifth place.
Rossi: "I was focused on the start. I thought I'd made pulled off a good maneuver, but Maxime did better and got past me. I really need to look into this! Then I got moving, the car is very competitive. I've made some points back, but I think it's going to be tied right up to the end of the season"
Dimitri Enjalbert: "Ever since the start of the meeting, we've been lacking performance. It was better today and I'm pleased with the result. My goal is still to win the Eurocup."
Maxime Martin: "I got away to a good start, then I lost grip for the rest of the race. I don't really know why. The championship is a long way off and it will be very open right up to the finish."