EU Megane: Series Hungaroring Friday test notes

Dutchmen at home in Hungary Mike Verschuur (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur) and Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur) were dominant in today's collective testing in Eurocup Megane Trophy series, enjoying a Hungaroring clearly suited to the New ...

Dutchmen at home in Hungary

Mike Verschuur (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur) and Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur) were dominant in today's collective testing in Eurocup Megane Trophy series, enjoying a Hungaroring clearly suited to the New Megane Trophy. Verschuur put in the fastest lap this morning, Ten Brinke responding in the afternoon. Both Dutch drivers are ready for the weekend and raring to go.

All eyes were naturally on Giorgio Pantano today at the Hungaroring, as the Italian took to the track for the first time at the wheel of the New Megane Trophy for collective testing. However, it was Fabrice Walfisch (Team Lompech Sport) who was first to set the tempo. The French driver man put in a series of quick laps to go top of the timing screens.

But it was the Dutch contingent, who put their brand on this morning's session in Hungary. The session quickly turned into a duel between Mike Verschuur (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur) and Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur), the two drivers taking turns at the top of the standings. Mike Verschuur had the last word with a series of fast lap times at the end of the session, with a best lap of 1'50"885, fastest of the morning. Eurocup Megane Trophy leader, Jonathan Hirschi (TDS Racing), produced the second fastest time, squeezing himself in between Verschuur and Ten Brinke right at the death.

Giorgio Pantano handled the learning curve progressively and without incident. The Italian gradually quickened the pace to finish this first session in fourth, ahead of Dimitri Enjalbert (Thierry Boutsen Energy Racing) and Nick Catsburg (Tech 1 Racing).

In the afternoon, the duel between Bernhard Ten Brinke and Mike Verschuur persisted. Mike Verschuur led early on, but this time Bernhard Ten Brinke was the quicker of the two. He went first, only to underline the performance minutes later with the best lap time of the day in 1'50''569. Bernhard Ten Brinke finished ahead of Mike Verschuur and Dimitri Enjalbert. The top 5 included Fabrice Walfisch and Giorgio Pantano in fourth and fifth.

Quote, unquote:

Bernhard Ten Brinke: "It's been a good day for us. Our car is competitive, we need to perform to the same standard tomorrow so that the front row can be 100% Dutch!. Since the last race, we've done a lot of work on our New Megane Trophy's. The set-up is perfect, we've got a lot of things straight."

Mike Verschuur: '"After a tough start to the season, I'm really pleased to be able to say that everything is fine with my car today. We found out what was wrong. First this morning, and second this afternoon in spite of the traffic - this had been a good day for me. I'm feeling confident and was happy to be battling it out with Bernhard. I need big points this weekend to do some catching up."

Giorgio Pantano: "I'd done about four hours' testing before coming here. Today was my first real work-out with this car and I'm really pleasantly surprised. The New Megane Trophy is performing really well and responds great to changes in setup. It's very interesting, because the car is changing fast, and I'm on the pace; we're going to get good results. It's fantastic to be driving with my Oregon Team friends. The environment is perfect, there's a real family atmosphere. I think we're all going to have a really good time together."

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Thierry Boutsen , Dimitri Enjalbert , Bernhard Ten Brinke , Jonathan Hirschi
Teams TDS Racing