EU Megane: Nurburgring: Series race two report

Enjalbert in seventh heaven! Boutsen Energy Racing's Dimtiri Enjalbert just keeps on winning! After a poor start, he beat the odds to win his seventh race of the season, ahead of McGregor by Equipe Verschuur's Mike Verschuur. The Netherlander ...

Enjalbert in seventh heaven!

Boutsen Energy Racing's Dimtiri Enjalbert just keeps on winning! After a poor start, he beat the odds to win his seventh race of the season, ahead of McGregor by Equipe Verschuur's Mike Verschuur. The Netherlander also increased his lead in the Eurocup Megane Trophy championship. He will arrive at Motorland Aragon for the final round with a fourteen-point lea over TDS Racing's Jonathan Hirschi.

It has become the normal way of things; for the sixth time this season, Dimitri Enjalbert lined up in pole position ahead of Joanthan Hirschi and Mike Verschuur. Enjalbert didn't make the best of starts, the honour going instead to Jonathan Hirschi. The Swiss driver completed the first lap in front of Verschuur, Enjalbert, TDS Racing's Pierre Thiriet, Team Lompech Sport's Fabrice Walfisch and Tech 1 Racing's Nick Catsburg.

Things up front remained tight throughout the opening laps, with no driver really able to make the break. The front six were separated by just six seconds, but little by little, Hirschi Verschuur and Enjalbert managed to build up a slight lead over another trio consisting of Thiriet, Walfisch and Catsburg. Before the first pit-stops, Enjalbert tried to shake things up a little. The Boutsen Energry Racing Driver looked for his chance, but Hirschi and Verschuur wouldn't let him take it. Dimitri Enjalbert took advantage of a mistake by Verschuur to slide past him on the inside. With Verschuur unable to shake off the attack, the Frenchman was now second. Verschuur chose that moment to enter the pits for refueling. He was the first of the front-runners to pull in. While Enjalbert and Thiriet followed suit one lap later.

Hirschi waited another few laps before refueling, exiting the pit lane still behind Enjalbert and Verschuur. At the same moment, Nick Catsburg was stuck in the pits due to a brake problem. The Tech 1 Racing driver was forced to retire.

Jonathan Hirschi didn't waste time in overtaking Mike Verschuur. Nevertheless, the McGregor by Equipe Verschuur driver kept up with the TDS Racing driver, while Fabrice Walfisch was pushing hard to join the fight for second place. While all this was happening, Dimitri Enjalbert had built up an unbeatable lead.

Behind the unstoppable Enjalbert, Jonathan Hirschi, Mike Verschuur and Fabrice Walfisch were neck and neck. The three drivers were all hungry for second place. Verschuur made the first attack and brushed with Hirschi under braking. The Swiss driver maintained his advantage. But he made an error on the following lap at the end of the pit straight. It was the opportunity Mike Verschuur had been waiting for. He snatched second place and began to break away. The situation would not change again. Enjalbert claimed victory for the seventh time this season. Second, Mike Verschuur extended his lead over Hirschi in the championship. Equipe Verschuur's Hoevert Vos took the win in the Gentlemen Driver category.

Quote, unquote:

Dimitri Enjalbert: "It's been a perfect weekend! With seven wins, we set a new record in Eurocup Megane Trophy, I think. And the season isn't over yet! I didn't get a great start, but we made up for that during the pit-stop. At the end of the race I just held on. We've had a great car all weekend."

Mike Verschuur: "From start to finish, it was a tricky race. I had to keep an eye out in front and behind, especially towards the end of the race, as Fabrice Walfisch looked like he meant business. At the end, with two second places, I've got a good result for the Championship. I've got to make up 14 points at Motorland Aragon."

Jonathan Hirschi: "It's a not been a great weekend for me. After refueling, my car's handling deteriorated rapidly. I could hold off Mike. I've lost a lot of points this weekend, so I need to keep pushing and go all out for the final meeting."

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Dimitri Enjalbert , Hoevert Vos , Jonathan Hirschi , Pierre Thiriet
Teams TDS Racing