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Hockenheim - Collective Testing Catsburg raring to go now On a Hockenheim circuit he has the advantage of knowing like the back of his hand - unlike many of his rivals in Eurocup Megane Trophy - Nick Catsburg was dominant in collective testing,...

Hockenheim - Collective Testing
Catsburg raring to go now

On a Hockenheim circuit he has the advantage of knowing like the back of his hand - unlike many of his rivals in Eurocup Megane Trophy - Nick Catsburg was dominant in collective testing, finishing on top in both sessions. Catsburg finished ahead of Wim Beelen (Equipe Verschurr) - a revelation today - and Megane Trophy old-timer Renaud Derlot (Boutsen Energy Racing).

Today was the first outing for Eurocup Megane Trophy at Hockenheim and for most of the drivers the priority in the first session was to find their feet on the new circuit. The track is very quick and lends itself to slip-streaming, making it a good drive for Megane Trophy.

Nick Catsburg immediately took command and went to the top of the timing sheets, ahead of Dimitri Enjalbert (Boutsen Energy Racing) and Bas Schothorst (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur). The three boys all improved lap after lap, but it was Nick Catsburg who worked himself a comfortably lead with a time of 1'46''453.

Behind Nick Catsburg, the fight for second played out between Dimitri Enjalbert, Bas Schothorst, Jean-Philippe Madonia (TDS Racing) and Renaud Derlot. Returning to the discipline, the French driver - Eurocup Megane Trophy runner-up in 2005 - soon made himself at home behind the wheel of his Megane Trophy.

This first session was interrupted for a few minutes when Vito Rodrigues (Boutsen Energy Racing) crashed out, with Raymond Coronel (McG Fashion by Verschuur) causing a second neutralisation. At the restart, Nick Catsburg further improved his time with a 1'45''059 lap and Renaud Derlot climbed into second place. Bas Schothorst was up to second by the end of session one though, just ahead of Derlot Renaud, with Jean-Philippe Madonia and Dimitri Enjalbert rounding up the top 5.

Catsburg dominated again for most of the second session, but failed to better his morning performance. Behind him, there was some movement in the pecking order. Wim Beelen was the real head-turner of the day, producing the second fastest lap, a whisker quicker than Renaud Derlot. The Oregon Team drivers turned in good performances too, with Niccolo Nalio 4th ahead of Stefano Comini, 5th. Eurocup Megane Trophy leader, Pierre Thiriet (TDS Racing) had to make do with 6th.

Nick Catsburg : "Today, everything worked perfectly! We've got a very good car, and it's a track I enjoy. I've driven here at Hockenheim several times in Formula Renault 2.0. I suffered more from the traffic this afternoon and I was just off this morning's time by a few thousandths. I need big points this weekend to take the lead in the overall standings. Being second is maybe an advantage going into the end of this season, because it forces me to push to the max.!"

Wim Beelen : "It's a fast track and I love that! I've lost four stone in the last few months. I'm doing a lot of sport and I'm following a very effective diet. Perhaps that explains my performance today! I know full well that the others will be quicker than me tomorrow. But for now I enjoy ... "

Renaud Derlot : "I have not driven in Megane since 2006, but I quickly got the reflexes back. I'm driving in GT at the moment on a car with ABS, so for now it's in braking where I'm the least comfortable. I need to work on it. My goal for this weekend is to help Dimitri Enjalbert regain some confidence to get back to winning ways. He's not where he should be right now."

-source: renault-sport

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Renaud Derlot , Dimitri Enjalbert , Wim Beelen , Raymond Coronel , Philippe Ma , Pierre Thiriet , Stefano Comini
Teams TDS Racing