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Petiz expected to triumph With a comfortable lead in the overall standings, Pedro Petiz (Tech 1 Racing) has every chance of taking the title in front of his home crowd. If he manages to take two more points than his teammate Dimitri Enjalbert,...

Petiz expected to triumph

With a comfortable lead in the overall standings, Pedro Petiz (Tech 1 Racing) has every chance of taking the title in front of his home crowd. If he manages to take two more points than his teammate Dimitri Enjalbert, the man from Porto will succeed Jaap van Lagen as the reigning Eurocup Megane Trophy title holder. The crowds in Portugal will also be pleased to witness the return of Cesar Campanico (Equipe Verschuur).

Many drivers would have loved to have had a season like that of Pedro Petiz. But not many had him down as a favourite at the start of the season. Thirteenth overall in 2005 and eighth in 2006, the Portuguese driver has made enormous progress since he joined Tech 1 Racing. Working in close collaboration with his teammates Matthieu Lahaye and Dimitri Enjalbert, he has proven himself to be consistent, efficient and successful, with not a single DNF to his name this season!

If he hadn't picked up a drive through' in Magny-Cours, he would even have finished all the races so far on the podium, with wins in three races. When the points are counted, the verdict is clear: Pedro has a lead of 31 points over Dimitri Enjalbert.

That said, the Frenchman's season has hardly been disappointing. Quite the opposite. But two mechanical failures undoubtedly marred the chances of this other regular podium finisher. Nevertheless to finish the season in second overall would still be a superb result for a rookie.

Lying third in the overall standings, Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) is also having an exceptional season. As the only driver in his little team, the Swiss driver already has two wins to his name this season. Though very quick, the former Formula Renault 2.0 driver also knows he will have to deal with the well-informed strategies of his co-competitors.

Fourth and seventh in the overall standings respectively, Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing) and Fabrice Walfisch (Team Lompech Sport) have both missed narrowly missed out on victories after being forced into the pits. But Walfisch, who has taken the last four pole positions, does not look discouraged in the slightest, clearly hoping that he can soon use his speed advantage to get his hands on that podium champagne!

Only fifth, Matthieu Lahaye will be looking to put his poor weekend in Magny-Cours behind him and get back to winning ways. As for Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur), he will be hoping to stay consistent to take a top five place in the Eurocup.

Already both winners this season, Ludovic Badey (TDS) and Michael Rossi (Racing for Belgium) will also be hoping to make an impact. The former will still no doubt remember his superb performance at this track in 2005: on that occasion he won every one of the three races organized that weekend! Back in action since Magny-Cours, Jean-Philippe Dayraut will be hoping to bring home some more podium spots for the Oregon team. Another comeback we are pleased to see is that of Cesar Campanico, who was third in the 2006 Eurocup. The mission for the Equipe Verschuur's new recruit is clear: Nothing short of victory!

In the Junior championship, it should come as no surprise to see Petiz and Enjalbert well clear of their rivals. Still in third, Maxime Martin now finds himself under more pressure from Sebastien Dhouailly (Tech 1 Racing), who had an excellent weekend in Magny-Cours. Matthieu Lahaye and Mike Verschuur (Equipe Verschuur) also remain in with a chance of making it onto the final podium.

-credit: wsbyrenault.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Cesar Campanico , Ludovic Badey , Sebastien Dhouailly , Pedro Petiz , Dimitri Enjalbert , Jaap van Lagen , Maxime Martin , Jean-Philippe Dayraut , Matthieu Lahaye , Ralph Meichtry , Michael Rossi