EU Megane: Series Catalunya Saturday notes

As happy as a Walfisch in water! On a drying track, Fabrice Walfisch has taken his fifth pole position of the season. The Team Lompech Sport driver will line up alongside Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing) on the grid for race one. The other ...

As happy as a Walfisch in water!

On a drying track, Fabrice Walfisch has taken his fifth pole position of the season. The Team Lompech Sport driver will line up alongside Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing) on the grid for race one. The other pole position goes to comeback specialist Renaud Kuppens (Boutsen Energy Racing). Walfisch will also be starting from the front row for race two.

With the track still damp, most drivers opted to stay in the pits at the start of the first session. Ludovic Badey (TDS) set the time to beat ahead of Mike Verschuur, Matthieu Cheruy and Bernhard Ten Brinke.

With just a few minutes gone, the yellow flags were being waved to signal an incident involving Wim Coekelbergs (Racing for Belgium), who is back behind the wheel of one of his Megane Trophies this weekend.

In the closing minutes of the opening session, everyone then came out on track at once to try and get a few laps in. At the chequered flag, Dimitri Enjalbert had provisional pole (2'09''093) ahead of Pedro Petiz, Fabrice Walfisch (Team Lompech Sport), Greg Franchi (Equipe Verschuur) and Ludovic Badey.

All the teams took advantage of the five-minute break to switch to slicks. Once the second fifteen-minute session got underway, the times started to drop dramatically with each driver who crossed the line.

With five minutes to go, Petiz was leading with a lap in 2'00''278. He was followed by Enjalbert, Meichtry (Race Performance), Kuppens (Boutsen Energy Racing) and Ciro (Oregon Team).

With just four minutes left Petiz then smashed through the 1'59'' barrier. The Tech 1 boys seem to be right on top form under such conditions with Lahaye and Enjalbert provisionally holding onto 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. With 2'30'' of the session remaining, Matthieu Lahaye then went faster than 1'57''. The fight for pole position was clearly going to go right to the chequered flag. As the first driver to cross the line, Enjalbert moved to the head of proceedings with a lap in 1'55''757. Pedro Petiz did not manage to improve on the fastest time, unlike Fabrice Walfisch and Matthieu Lahaye who both managed to secure starts from row one.

Enjalbert and Petiz were followed by Kuppens, Meichtry, Dhouailly, Martin, Ciro and Franchi.

Renaud Kuppens will be able to take some consolation from his pole position in race 2 ahead of Walfisch, Lahaye, Petiz, Meichtry, Enjalbert, Ciro, Dhouailly, Martin and Verschuur.

POS NUMBER DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME GAP_FIRST KPH LAPS 1 17 Fabrice WALFISCH Team Lompech Sport 14 1:55.457 - 145.1 14 2 1 Matthieu LAHAYE Tech 1 Racing 1 15 1:55.717 +0.260 144.8 15 3 31 Dimitri ENJALBERT Tech 1 Racing 2 12 1:55.757 +0.300 144.8 12 4 32 Pedro PETIZ Tech 1 Racing 1 15 1:56.210 +0.753 144.2 15 5 10 Renaud KUPPENS Boutsen Energy Racing 12 1:56.255 +0.798 144.1 13 6 8 Ralph MEICHTRY Race performance 14 1:56.415 +0.958 144.0 15 7 33 Sebastien DHOUAILLY Tech 1 Racing 2 13 1:56.707 +1.250 143.6 13 8 11 Maxime MARTIN Boutsen Energy Racing 10 1:57.078 +1.621 143.1 10 9 14 Giuseppe CIRO Oregon Team 13 1:57.292 +1.835 142.9 13 10 72 Greg FRANCHI Equipe Verschuur 2 11 1:57.518 +2.061 142.6 11 11 5 Mike VERSCHUUR Equipe Verschuur 1 12 1:58.081 +2.624 141.9 13 12 22 Michael ROSSI Racing For Belgium 13 1:59.990 +4.533 139.7 13 13 12 Andreas MAYERL Sesterheim Racing 12 2:00.222 +4.765 139.4 13 14 7 Bernhard TEN BRINKE Equipe Verschuur 1 11 2:00.239 +4.782 139.4 13 15 99 Yvan LEBON Renault Sport Presse 10 2:06.330 +10.873 132.7 12 16 20 Ludovic BADEY TDS 10 2:07.251 +11.794 131.7 14 17 6 Wim BEELEN Equipe Verschuur 2 14 2:07.629 +12.172 131.3 14 18 9 Jean Philippe MADONIA TDS 13 2:07.683 +12.226 131.2 14 19 21 Matthieu CHERUY TDS 11 2:07.765 +12.308 131.2 14 20 15 Massimiliano PEDALA OREGON TEAM 10 2:07.933 +12.476 131.0 12 21 23 Wim COEKELBERGS Racing For Belgium 8 2:09.510 +14.053 129.4 11 22 16 Jean Charles MIGINIAC Team Lompech Sport 13 2:10.147 +14.690 128.8 14

POS NUMBER DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP_FIRST GAP_PREVIOUS 1 10 Renaud KUPPENS Boutsen Energy Racing 1:56.392 - - 2 17 Fabrice WALFISCH Team Lompech Sport 1:56.767 +0.375 +0.375 3 1 Matthieu LAHAYE Tech 1 Racing 1 1:56.856 +0.464 +0.089 4 32 Pedro PETIZ Tech 1 Racing 1 1:57.196 +0.804 +0.340 5 8 Ralph MEICHTRY Race performance 1:57.392 +1.000 +0.196 6 31 Dimitri ENJALBERT Tech 1 Racing 2 1:57.628 +1.236 +0.236 7 14 Giuseppe CIRO Oregon Team 1:58.044 +1.652 +0.416 8 33 Sebastien DHOUAILLY Tech 1 Racing 2 1:58.219 +1.827 +0.175 9 11 Maxime MARTIN Boutsen Energy Racing 1:58.345 +1.953 +0.126 10 5 Mike VERSCHUUR Equipe Verschuur 1 1:58.609 +2.217 +0.264 11 72 Greg FRANCHI Equipe Verschuur 2 1:59.288 +2.896 +0.679 12 7 Bernhard TEN BRINKE Equipe Verschuur 1 2:00.633 +4.241 +1.345 13 12 Andreas MAYERL Sesterheim Racing 2:01.688 +5.296 +1.055 14 99 Yvan LEBON Renault Sport Presse 2:06.644 +10.252 +4.956 15 22 Michael ROSSI Racing For Belgium 2:06.935 +10.543 +0.291 16 21 Matthieu CHERUY TDS 2:07.941 +11.549 +1.006 17 6 Wim BEELEN Equipe Verschuur 2 2:08.222 +11.830 +0.281 18 20 Ludovic BADEY TDS 2:08.236 +11.844 +0.014 19 9 Jean Philippe MADONIA TDS 2:08.290 +11.898 +0.054 20 15 Massimiliano PEDALA OREGON TEAM 2:08.753 +12.361 +0.463 21 23 Wim COEKELBERGS Racing For Belgium 2:09.663 +13.271 +0.910 22 16 Jean Charles MIGINIAC Team Lompech Sport 2:10.427 +14.035 +0.764

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Ludovic Badey , Renaud Kuppens , Pedro Petiz , Dimitri Enjalbert , Matthieu Cheruy , Matthieu Lahaye , Bernhard Ten Brinke , Greg Franchi