EU Megane: Nurburgring: Series preview

Everything to play for Just two rounds from the finish, the points table remains tight in the Eurocup Megane Trophy. Back in the running thanks to his epic victory at Le Mans, TDS Racing's Jonathan Hirschi once again leads the competition with a...

Everything to play for

Just two rounds from the finish, the points table remains tight in the Eurocup Megane Trophy. Back in the running thanks to his epic victory at Le Mans, TDS Racing's Jonathan Hirschi once again leads the competition with a single point lead over McGregor by Equipe Verschuur's Mike Verschuur. Behind them Boutsen Energy Racing's Dimitri Enjalbert has not had his final say and could still claim victory, at least mathematically.

The Eurocup Megane Trophy is still far from over as the season draws to a close. After a slight loss of form at Budapest and Silverstone, Jonathan Hirschi has made a remarkable comeback at the Le Mans round of the World Series by Renault. With one win and one second place, the Swiss driver was able to demonstrate his ability to react and his skill as a driver on a wet track, on slick tyres, during a vintage race. Thanks to the twenty-seven points he chalked up out of a possible thirty-one, he has reclaimed his position as leader with a one-point lead over his closest rival, Mike Verschuur.

The Dutchman has therefore let his hold on the championship slip, but he won't give it up without a fight. With yet another podium finish at Le Mans, his eighth this season, Verschuur has once more proved his reliability and his ability to set strong times. No doubt he will prove a worthy adversary on the twists and turns of Nurburgring, a circuit which he knows inside out.

Even if he is currently thirty points behind the leader, Dimitri Enjalbert has not finished playing his hand yet and still believes in his chances. While enjoying an uninterrupted run of four wins, his progress was halted by a gearbox problem during the second race at Le Mans. Clearly the Frenchman showed he was undaunted by winning the second race, but he would need a lot more success to catch up with the duo of Hirschi and Verschuur. With one sole objective, Enjalbert now hasd no alternative but to pull out all the stops.

Other drivers could also upset the order of events. Team Lompech Sport's Fabrice Walfish and TDS Racing's Jean-Philippe Madonia, both of whom finished on the podium at Le Mans, will be hoping for a French win in Germany. Tech 1 Racing's Nick Catsburg and TDS Racing's Pierre Thiriet or even Equipe Verschuur's Hoevort Vos will be hoping to come out on top, as will Boutsen Energy Racing's Margot Lafitte, who finished in the points for the first time at Le Mans.

In the Gentlemen Drivers class, Jean-Philippe Madonia has been collecting wins since the start of the season, and still leads, having built up a a sixteen point lead over Hoevort Vos. The two men will nevertheless be hotly pursued by Team Lompech Sport's Bernhard Delhez and Jean-Charles Miginiac, as well as McGregor by Equipe Verschuur's Jeroen Schothorst, who will be hoping to take advantage of the closing rounds to catch up with the leaders.

Finally, in the teams category, TDS Racing has built up an impressive lead over second place Boutsen Energy Racing, currently forty-four points adrift. The runners-up may have a fight on their hands as McGregor by Equipe Verschuur, in third, are separated from the Belgian team by just two points.

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Dimitri Enjalbert , Fabrice Walfish , Jonathan Hirschi , Jeroen Schothorst , Philippe Ma , Pierre Thiriet
Teams TDS Racing