GOOD VIBRATIONS! The NÃ¼rburgring Circuit was the venue for the first collective testing of the Eurocup Megane Trophy season. Over the two days, the drivers had to deal with all kinds of weather conditions, including snow! Angel ...
The Nürburgring Circuit was the venue for the first collective testing of the Eurocup Megane Trophy season. Over the two days, the drivers had to deal with all kinds of weather conditions, including snow! Angel Burgueño (Epsilon-Euskadi) was the quickest driver in testing from a list of thirty participants!
The teams arrived at the German circuit early last weekend and worked hard through the night to install the new 2006 kit for the Eurocup Megane Trophy cars. The Megane now features a new evolution of the paddle-shift system, a new wiring system, a new version of the bump reverse system (standard on all the cars) and a new exhaust muffler.
On day one, Angel Burgueño (Epsilon Euskadi) set the fastest lap of the morning under truly wintry conditions: cold, wind, rain and even snow appeared in the last minutes of the session. Epsilon Euskadi pulled off a double with its top driver Jean-Philippe Dayraut finishing second.
In the afternoon, the track started to dry out and Dayraut showed good form once again finishing just 0.235 seconds slower than Adrián Vallés' best recorded time (2.07.743), The Spanish driver was there to help Team Saturn Motorsport get its set-up right and he certainly put in a good day's work! At the close, Meichtry, Petiz, Badey, Jacobs and Gabillon were all grouped together within the space of a second.
The Eurocup Megane Trophy features 6 new teams and a fair selection of new faces, including Formula Renault 3.5 renegade, Jan Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur). Ludovic Badey is now with the French outfit TDS and is sure to be one of the contenders for the 2006 title. Mathieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) did not get off to a good start in testing but made good progress throughout the morning, finally making it into the top 6.
Day two of testing got underway this morning and Angel Burgueño once again proved he was the quickest out there. The track was damp in the early stages of the session but the times up on the monitors started to drop as the track dried out! Badey was only 0.259 seconds behind the Spaniard, ahead of Dayraut, Ferrara, Petiz, Lahaye and Campaniço.
But it was in the final session of testing that we got a taste of what lies in store for the coming season: Epsilon Euskadi proved beyond all doubt that it was the strongest team in attendance with Angel Burgueño and Jean-Philippe Dayraut taking the top two spots yet again! Angel Burgueño put the final touches to an impressive performance here by beating his own lap record by 1.4 seconds. His teammate Dayraut was not far behind. Luigi Ferrara, from the Oregon Team, was another of the fastest drivers in testing. Yesterday, the Italian's name stayed at the top of the monitors for quite a long period but a gearbox problem finally ruined the newcomer's chances of showing his true potential. Today, he was third quickest, ahead of Mathieu Lahaye, who finished runner-up in the Junior category in 2005, and Cesar Campaniço (Racing for Belgium).