EU Megane: Saturday collective test sumary

Driving conditions for all tastes! The three Eurocup Megane Trophy collective test sessions saw a variety of track conditions today: wet this morning, dry at the beginning of the afternoon and drenched by the end of the day. Overall, Bruce ...

Driving conditions for all tastes!

The three Eurocup Megane Trophy collective test sessions saw a variety of track conditions today: wet this morning, dry at the beginning of the afternoon and drenched by the end of the day. Overall, Bruce Lorgere-Roux (Tech 1 Racing) put in the fastest lap time.

Much of the track was still wet this morning when the Megane Trophies took to the track. Under these wet conditions, Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) showed the competition a clean pair of heels, lapping over 6/10ths of second quicker than his rivals. Notwithstanding his commanding lead in this season's Eurocup, the Dutchman is not resting on his laurels: "For the last few races, I've been underperforming compared to some of the other guys out thereOur set-up isn't great. I'm still confident because my lead in the championship allows me to manage the situation, but that's no reason. I want to be winning races again! "

By session two early this afternoon, the track had had time to dry out. This time, the conditions favoured Renaud Derlot (TP Competition / Moteur Huger), celebrating his return to the series: "I haven't been behind the wheel of a race car for almost a year and I'm happy to be back. I really appreciate the team giving me this opportunity. I'd like to be back in 2007 and this is a great chance to prepare "

The winner of three out of the last four races, Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) wasn't on top form today: "We'd done a lot of good work to prepare but the changeable weather conditions threw me off my mark. We've worked out two set-ups for qualifying tomorrow morning, but I'm still not totally confident!"

Anthony Beltoise, currently working on the Auto-Moto program with TF1, will be seen racing this weekend with the Belgian team Delahaye Racing, outside the official standings. The twice Porsche Carrera Cup French champion admitted to falling in love with the Megane Trophy: "I was knocked out by the road holding on the fast bends. I took some bends at top speed, like with a GT in the Le Mans 24 Hours ! And the braking is absolutely phenomenal for a touring car! In some ways it feels like a single-seater. Now I need to learn to take advantage of the car's aerodynamic grip".

-credit: renault

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Renaud Derlot , Anthony Beltoise , Bruce Lorgere-Roux , Matthieu Lahaye
Teams Delahaye Racing Team