EU Megane: Nurburgring: Series practice report

Enjalbert goes for it If there is a circuit on which Boutsen Energy Racing's Dimitri Enjalbert is always at home, its the Nurburgring. With two pole positions in 2007 and two front row starts in 2008, the Frenchman once again proved that he is...

Enjalbert goes for it

If there is a circuit on which Boutsen Energy Racing's Dimitri Enjalbert is always at home, its the Nurburgring. With two pole positions in 2007 and two front row starts in 2008, the Frenchman once again proved that he is at his happiest here, by taking the ascendant in the Eurocup Megane Trophy collective testing. He finished the session ahead of McGregor by Equipe Verschuur's Mike Verschuur and Team Lompech Sport's Fabrice Walfish.

From the start of the first Eurocup Megane Trophy collective testing session, the three horse race between Mike Verschuur, Dimitri Enjalbert and TDS Racing's Jonathan Hirschi looked set. It was Hirschi who launched the first salvo. The Swiss driver, and leader of the Eurocup Megane Trophy went straight to the top of the leaderboard, in just 2'08"410, before Verschuur went one better and stole his lead.

Third place driver, Enjalbert, held back for a few minutes before getting stuck in. The French driver, who has been on cracking form at the last few meetings, wasted no time in proving it once more. The Boutsen Energy Racing driver claimed first place, then, on his next flying lap he improved once more, with a new lap of 2'06"125. He now led Mike Verschuur by just 26/1000s, while teammate David Dermont held third ahead of Tech 1 Racing's Nick Catsburg in 4th, and Hirschi who had been relegated to 5th.

There wasn't long to wait before the favourites made a fresh attack in the afternoon. When Enjalbert made his next attempt on the stopwatch, he adopted the same strategy as the morning session and improved his time lap after lap. With a time of 2'06"330, he led the dance in front of Jonathan Hirschi and Mike Verschuur.

In second place, David Dermont showed what he was made of, and set about the final wave of flying laps for the day. This was Jonathan Hirschi's chance, and he didn't waste it, claiming top spot with a time of 2'06"278. The Swiss driver didn't get the chance to enjoy it, as Nick Catsburg bettered it, lapping in 2'06"270. Hirschi nevertheless made one final push and reclaimed his advantage. At the end of the afternoon, it was Enjalbert who came out on top. His lap of 2'05"673 was the fastest of the day. Mike Verschuur snatched the second fastest lap on the line, while Fabrice Walfish sneaked into the top 3 ahead of Hirschi and Catsburg.

Quote, unquote:

Dimitri Enjalbert: "This is one of my favourite tracks. I had two poles here in 2007, I qualified twice on the front row in 2008 and a few weeks ago, I got a pole here in Formula Le Mans. I'm hoping that I can continue this trend tomorrow. I've already won five races, I want to win more. I'm ahead, that proves I can still hope for the championship."

Fabrice Walfisch: "We've worked hard. Up till now we've developed the setup based on our setup from the start of the season. We've gone as far as we can, and we've decided to try other things. It seems to be working. It took me seven laps to set my time, changing the tyre pressure, and I think that we should do well in qualifying tomorrow." Nick Catsburg: "I've learned a lot as time has gone on. At Le Mans I came close to my first win. I'm hoping that it'll happen here! I'm still missing a little bit of performance, but anything is possible as the racing was wide open today."

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Dimitri Enjalbert , David Dermont , Fabrice Walfish , Jonathan Hirschi
Teams TDS Racing