EU Megane: Nurburgring: Series qualifying report

Verschuur surprises Enjalbert Just as Boutsen Energy Racing's Dimitri Enjambert was heading for yet another pole position, McGregor by Equipe Verschuur's Mike Verschuur snatched the honour as the chequered flag fell. The Dutchman therefore picks...

Verschuur surprises Enjalbert

Just as Boutsen Energy Racing's Dimitri Enjambert was heading for yet another pole position, McGregor by Equipe Verschuur's Mike Verschuur snatched the honour as the chequered flag fell. The Dutchman therefore picks up his fourth pole of the season. Enjalbert can console himself with pole in the next race. The session also saw a strong showing from TDS Racing's Jonathan Hirschi and Team Lompech's Fabrice Walfisch.

The start of the Eurocup Megane Trophy qualifying was a busy one, with several drivers making forays off the track. While TDS Racing's Jonathan Hirschi claimed provisional pole with a lap of 2'07"331, his father, Oregon Team's Pierre Hirschi brought his car to a halt on the track, causing the red flag come out.

The session restarted with all drivers out on the track. Jonathan Hirschi claimed the provisional pole ahead of teammates Jean-Philippe Madonia and Pierre Thiriet. Mike Verschuur lost no time in squeezing into the lead group, sneaking into second place.

Dimitri Enjalbert was keeping a low profile at the start of the session. The Frenchman waited for the right moment before lapping in 2'05"276 to take provisional pole. At the same time, Oregon Team's Giovanni Longo and Boutsen Energy Racing's Marlène Broggi simultaneously crashed out forcing the organizers to fly the red flag a second time. This left Enjalbert in first, ahead of Jonathan Hirshi, Fabrice Walfisch, Mike Versschuur and Boutsen Energy Racing's David Dermont.

The line up for race one is determined by each driver's best time, while their second best gives their position on the grid in race two. The drivers wasted no time in setting flying laps during the six remaining minutes of the session. In his final attempt, Mike Verschuur claimed pole in 2'05"194. Dimitri Enjalbert now held pole for the second race. The three hopefuls for the title were united, when Jonathan Hirschi set the third and second fastest times. Fabrice Walfisch also made the cut and looked to be holding a strong hand.

Quote, unquote:

Mike Verschuur: "I'm really pleased to have set pole for the first race even when there was so much traffic at the end and the two red flags. It's the first time this season that there have been that many. I think I only made four or five flying laps. I set my fastest time right at the end, maybe I could have gone faster, but I'm happy. We've got a car that's setting a good pace, so I'm confident for the race."

Dimitri Enjalbert: "Mike Verschuur got in front of me on the last lap, but that's OK. The first corner is a right-hander, and the second is a left-hander, so pole doesn't automatically mean you're first into the turn one. A lot can happen during the race. I'm more hopeful than ever for the title. Mathematically it's possible as long as I win the races."

Jonathan Hirschi: "It was tough during the collective testing on Friday. It wasn't looking great yesterday evening. So now it's not too bad but it's not what I was hoping for especially if I'm going for the title. Right now, I not only need to get on the podium, I need to win the races. We'll see how things turn out..."

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Dimitri Enjalbert , David Dermont , Marlène Broggi , Jonathan Hirschi , Pierre Hirschi , Philippe Ma , Pierre Thiriet
Teams TDS Racing