Badey does it the hard way On a drenched track, Ludovic Badey (TDS) claimed his first race win of the season here at Magny-Cours today, despite having to serve a drive-through penalty. In his first race for Oregon Team, Jean-Philippe Dayraut...
Badey does it the hard way
On a drenched track, Ludovic Badey (TDS) claimed his first race win of the season here at Magny-Cours today, despite having to serve a drive-through penalty. In his first race for Oregon Team, Jean-Philippe Dayraut made it onto the podium, along with Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing).
Fabrice Walfisch (Team Lompech Sport), who started from pole, went into the opening bend in the lead ahead of Ludovic Badey. But before the first lap was up, Walfisch made a mistake that let Badey past. Behind the front two were Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing), Michael Rossi and Carlo van Dam (Racing for Belgium), Pedro Petiz, Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing), Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing), Mike Verschuur (Equipe Verschuur) and Sebastien Dhouailly (Tech 1 Racing).
The drama continued on lap 2, as Pedro Petiz ran into Michael Rossi. The Portuguese driver was able to carry on, but the young Frenchman ended up in the gravel trap. Maxime Martin moved up to fourth place, behind Badey, Walfisch and Enjalbert, and ahead of Van Dam, Dhouailly and Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Oregon Team).
Enjalbert tried to sneak past Walfisch, but ran straight at the Lycee chicane. Walfisch refueled after ten minutes, and Jean-Philippe Dayraut, Maxime Martin and Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) followed suit shortly afterwards. Enjalbert stopped off at the pits on lap 8, while Badey was serving the drive-through penalty he incurred at the Donington meeting.
Badey returned to the pits one lap later, this time to refuel. Martin and Van Dam, who had yet to fill up, thus inherited the lead. Enjalbert and Verschuur were the next to stop, but Enjalbert was handed a drive-through penalty for driving too fast in the pitlane. Nevertheless, he remained well in the hunt for victory.
At the halfway point, Martin and Van Dam were still out in front, but neither had refueled, meaning Enjalbert was effectively the leader, with Badey, Franchi, Petiz, Mayerl, Dhouailly and Lahaye in pursuit. Martin opted to make his pit stop on lap 11, Van Dam taking the lead in his absence.
Meanwhile, Badey was struggling to hold off a rampant Petiz. There then came another dramatic twist as Enjalbert was again penalized for speeding in the pits! This time, the Tech 1 driver received a 10-second stop & go penalty.
On lap 16, Petiz finally found a way past Badey. The Portuguese driver took the lead one lap later, when Van Dam at last stopped to refuel. The Dutchman rejoined the race in sixth position, behind Dhouailly and Dayraut. Under pressure from Martin, he then made a mistake that saw him drop back to ninth, Enjalbert, Lahaye and Ciro all moving ahead of him.
On the penultimate lap, Lahaye made an error that cost him a place in the points. The battle for the final spot on the podium raged on until the very last bend, where a struggling Sebastien Dhouailly was unable to hold off Dayraut and Martin.
After the race, Pedro Petiz was handed a 25-second penalty for his manoeuvre on Michael Rossi. The Portuguese driver's impressive run of podium finishes was thus brought to an end, as the penalty saw him drop down into sixth place.
Ludovic Badey: "I've had a disappointing start to the season, with a lot of problems with the car. Knowing I had a drive-through to serve, I certainly wasn't expecting to get my first win today."
Jean-Philippe Dayraut: "I'd like to thank Oregon Team for offering me this opportunity, even if it's not easy to come in midway through the season. Qualifying was difficult, but we couldn't really monitor our progress because of the rain."