EU Megane: Nurburgring: Series race one report

Enjalbert makes it six! Boutsen Energy Racing's Dimitri Enjalbert and McGregor by Equipe Vershuur's Mike Verschuur finished first and second in the first Eurocup Megane Trophy race of the weekend at Nurburgring, taking advantage of a retirement...

Enjalbert makes it six!

Boutsen Energy Racing's Dimitri Enjalbert and McGregor by Equipe Vershuur's Mike Verschuur finished first and second in the first Eurocup Megane Trophy race of the weekend at Nurburgring, taking advantage of a retirement by TDS Racing's Jonathan Hirschi, and making headway in the overall points. In third place, TDS Racing's Pierre Thiriet fought hard for his third podium of the season.

Starting from pole position, Mike Verschuur missed his chance and was caught out by Dimitri Enjalbert. Verschuur held off Jonathan Hirshi on the first corner, closely followed by Team Lompech's Fabrice Walfisch and Boutsen Energy Racing's David Dermont. The first corner went well, but the second was a different story! Enjalbert and Verschuur made it through without incident, but Walfisch, Tech 1 Racing's Nick Castsburg, along with Dermont and Hirschi weren't so lucky. While Hirschi limped back to the pits, Walfisch and Catsburg were forced to retire, as was the leader of the Eurocup Megane Trophy, who also had to call it a day. David Dermont stayed on track, but with heavily modified bodywork he eventually had to throw in the towel.

After this altercation, it was Enalbert who led the dance ahead of Mike Versschuur, Thiriet, TDS Racing's Jean-Philippe Madonia and Tech 1 Racing's Matthieu Cheruy. Enjalbert and Verschuur made a break for it, while the two TDS Racing Megane Trophys were left to fight over third place. Neither driver was giving anything away. Madonia finally saw his chance on the fourth lap.

Up until the mandatory refueling stop, Mike Verschuur was right behind Dimitri Enjalbert. Enjalbert was the first of the leaders to pit. Madonia followed suit two laps later, followed shortly after by Mike Verschuur. The race order stayed the same, with Enjalbert leading Verschuur and Madonia.

Pierre Thiriet and Matthieu Cheruy opted for a different strategy, refuelling later than the leaders. This played into the hands of Thiriet, who left the pits ahead of teammate Madonia. Cheruy lost one place in the maneuver, to the advantage of Verschuur Autosport's Hoevort Vos.

A cool character to the last, Enjalbert won for the sixth time this season. Finishing in second place for the 7th time this season, Mike Verschuur was rewarded for his efforts and takes the lead back in the overall standings of Eurocup Megane Trophy, with a 12 point lead over Jonathan Hirschi. Despite the return of his teammate, Pierre Thiriet mounts the podium for the second time this season. In fourth, Jean-Philippe Madonia comes closer to the title in the Gentlemen Drivers class, even though his closest rival finished right behind him.

Quote, unquote:

Dimitri Enjalbert: "It's a circuit I'm very happy on, so I'm delighted with this win. I got off to a good start which allowed me to get past Mike Verschuur. I pushed hard at the start of the race to put some space between us. I had to be extra careful towards the end of the race as there was a lot of gravel on the track. It's my sixth win, we'll see what happens tomorrow, but I have even higher hopes for the championship now!"

Mike Verschuur: "My start was nothing special. I lost one place, but thankfully I managed to keep the others at bay. After that, I took advantage of a great car. I've got a twelve-point lead now with three races left to run. Let's see what happens tomorrow."

Pierre Thiriet: "It's a very good track for me. Thanks to a good strategy I was able to leave the stands ahead of Jean-Philippe. It's a great result for me and for the TDS Racing team who are now even closer to the teams title."

-credit: wsr

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