Bruce plays his cards right! After Matthieu Lahaye's triumph in yesterday's race, today it was the turn of Bruce Lorgere-Roux to do his Tech 1 Racing team proud by winning race two. The French team claimed a one-two, as Lahaye finished ...
Bruce plays his cards right!
After Matthieu Lahaye's triumph in yesterday's race, today it was the turn of Bruce Lorgere-Roux to do his Tech 1 Racing team proud by winning race two. The French team claimed a one-two, as Lahaye finished second. With yet another podium finish, Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) stretches his lead at the top of the Eurocup Megane Trophy standings.
Matthieu Lahaye mistimed his start, leaving pole sitter Jaap Van Lagen to get round the first corner ahead of Cesar Campanico (Racing for Belgium) and Bruce Lorgere-Roux. Lahaye wasted little time however before attacking his team-mate Lorgere-Roux. Just behind these two, Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) was ready to pounce should there be any slip-ups ahead
The top 10 was completed by Renaud Kuppens (Thierry Boutsen Racing), Pedro Petiz (Iris Racing), James Kirkpatrick (Epsilon Euskadi), Massimiliano Fantini (Oregon Team) and Frederic Gabillon (Team Lompech Sport). Kuppens appeared to be struggling as he lost two places in quick succession to Petiz and Kirkpatrick.
Cesar Campanico grabbed the lead on lap 3. But the Portuguese driver then hit his brakes too hard at the top of the straight which was slippery due to some surface oil and was forced to run wide, allowing Van Lagen to regain the lead. The two Tech 1 team cars were not however able to take advantage of his mistake.
A similar incident occurred on the next lap, but this time Campanico managed to avoid losing any more ground! At the start of lap 6, Bruce Lorgere-Roux attacked and got past Jaap Van Lagen. Matthieu Lahaye took advantage of his team-mate's move to overtake Van Lagen as well! In attempting to stay with the pace of the Tech 1 pair, Van Lagen was forced wide onto the grass, damaging his rear bumper in the process.
The next lap saw Pedro Petiz (Iris Racing) overtake Ralph Meichtry. The Junior was at that stage up to 5th position.
As the race went on, Campanico established a small lead over Lorgere-Roux, Lahaye and Van Lagen, who had moved back into serious contention for a place on the podium. The four leading cars were tightly bunched with two laps left. Lorgere-Roux and Lahaye tried to sandwich Campanico, but the Portuguese driver held them off. Van Lagen seized the opportunity to take 3rd place, but Lahaye immediately grabbed it back!
Cesar Campanico crossed the finishing line first, but he was given a 25-second penalty, equivalent to a drive through penalty, for failing to stay within the bounds of the track. Bruce Lorgere-Roux was therefore declared winner, ahead of Lahaye and Van Lagen.
Bruce Lorgere-Roux: "Tech 1 Racing had a very good car for this circuit. There were four potential winners today. You had to deal with cars stepping out of your slipstream. I held onto my position on the last lap and it worked out. It's a fantastic result!"
Matthieu Lahaye: "This is a good result for the Drivers' and Constructors' championships. I made a mistake at the start and that made my race difficult. The fighting was fair, though. I hope that this is the turning point for my season."
Jaap Van Lagen: "What a fantastic race! There was some good fighting and a lot of overtaking, but I didn't take as many risks as I might have to make sure of collecting important points for the championship."