EU Megane: Series Catalunya race one report

TDS Racing reigns supreme Decidedly, the TDS Racing team reigns supreme tonight following New Megane Trophy's maiden race. Jonathan Hirschi (TDS Racing) and Jean-Philippe Madonia (TDS Racing) were both able to handle the weather conditions to ...

TDS Racing reigns supreme

Decidedly, the TDS Racing team reigns supreme tonight following New Megane Trophy's maiden race. Jonathan Hirschi (TDS Racing) and Jean-Philippe Madonia (TDS Racing) were both able to handle the weather conditions to claim a wet but wonderful one-two. Mike Verschuur (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur) had a troubled start to the race but fought back to finish in third place.

The first race start for New Megane Trophy was on a wet track. Just before the start of the race, the Barcelona track was treated to a shower, which meant the competitors ended up fitting wet tires on the starting grid. Mike Verschuur had difficulty getting started in the rain and dropped back to ninth place. Dimitri Enjalbert (Boutesen Energy Racing) lost no time and sped into the first turn in the lead, ahead of Nick Catsburg (Tech 1 Racing) and Fabrice Walfisch (Team Lompech Sport). Walfisch had to surrender though, under Jonathan Hirschi's unstoppable assault. Starting from seventh on the grid, the Swiss driver was already third by the end of the first lap, with his team mate Jean-Philippe Madonia following close on his tail. Jonathan Hirschi moved up alongside Dimitri Enjalbert. The French driver battled to resist the manoeuvre but lost control of his car in the next turn. The race was over for him as he headed into the gravel trap.

Jonathan Hirschi and Jean-Philippe Madonia were in first and second positions after only three laps. Matthieu Cheruy (Tech 1 Racing) was in third, ahead of Fabrice Walfisch and Mike Verschuur. But the Dutchman lost no time in getting past the Frenchman and was soon up in 4th place. Mike Verschuur's next victim was to be Matthieu Cheruy. Verschuur changed his trajectory and Cheruy was trapped. So the Dutchman was already up to third place when Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur) and Jean-Charles Miginiac (Team Lompech Sport) went in first to refuel. Jonathan Hirschi was the first of the leaders to pit, followed one lap later by Jean-Charles Miginiac. Mike Verschuur opted for a different strategy, leaving the compulsory pit stop as late as possible. He came back out in third, behind Jonathan Hirschi and Jean-Philippe Madonia, and just ahead of Matthieu Cheruy. With each lap, Jonathan Hirschi stretched his lead over Jean-Philippe Madonia.

Ten minutes from the finishing line, the gap between the two TDS Racing team mates was over ten seconds. Hirschi and Madonia were not to be caught. So today's race saw Jonathan Hirschi become the very first winner aboard the New Megane Trophy while at the same time claiming his first success in the Eurocup Megane Trophy series. In second place, Jean-Philippe Madonia (TDS) claimed victory in the Gentlemen Drivers category, while Mike Verschuur rounded up the podium trio. For his first race in Eurocup Megane Trophy, Pierre Thiriet (TDS Racing) took fourth place as Matthieu Cheruy span off the track, helping TDS Racing to add to a superb result in this first race of the season.

Jonathan Hirschi: "It's an honour to win my first race on the occasion of the first race of the season and the first race of New Megane Trophy.

"I got off to a very good start. I overtook two cars in the first bend and then I waited for a few laps before attacking again. The car was running very well. It's perfect".

Jean-Philippe Madonia: "Everything happened as if in a dream. The car was magic. Jonathan was getting by everyone and I just had to keep up with him! I thought the others would come back at me, but no in fact. Xavier Combet asked me to slow down, because I was 15 seconds ahead of the car in third place. It's unbelievable".

Mike Verschuur: "Right at the start I had problems with my battery. The engine cut out several times. So I couldn't get going properly. It was a very difficult race after that. I got past quite a few of my rivals, but when you can't start it's never going to make things easy. I hope we can fix it."

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Jean-Charles Miginiac , Dimitri Enjalbert , Matthieu Cheruy , Bernhard Ten Brinke , Jonathan Hirschi , Philippe Ma , Pierre Thiriet
Teams TDS Racing