Dimitri Enjalbert is back Out of contention at Barcelona, absent at Spa-Francorchamps, Dimitri Enjalbert (Boutsen Energy Racing) really kicks off his season today, in Hungary, with his first win in Eurocup Megane Trophy. The French driver was...
Dimitri Enjalbert is back
Out of contention at Barcelona, absent at Spa-Francorchamps, Dimitri Enjalbert (Boutsen Energy Racing) really kicks off his season today, in Hungary, with his first win in Eurocup Megane Trophy. The French driver was head and shoulders above his rivals in today's race. Behind him, the battle for second place went to the wire, when Mike Verschuur (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur) got the better of Jonathan Hirschi (TDS Racing) in the very last lap.
After qualifying, Jonathan Hirschi's best four times were cancelled out as a penalty for obstructing drivers during the session. As a result, the Eurocup Megane Trophy championship leader was relegated to 8th place on the starting grid for race 1, where Mike Verschuur was on pole with Dimitri Enjalbert in second position. Enjalbert made the quickest start and reached turn 1 in the lead ahead of Jean-Philippe Madonia (TDS Racing) and Jonathan Hirschi. Mike Verschuur, on the other hand, failed to make a clean start and dropped back to seventh place.
Jonathan Hirschi made light work of moving past team-mate Jean-Philippe Madonia. Once in second, his job was to push hard to try to win back the two seconds separating himself from Dimitri Enjalbert. Behind the three leaders, Fabrice Walfisch led the chasing field. The Frenchman held off the pressure from Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur), David Dermont (Boutsen Energy Racing), Mike Verschuur, Giorgio Pantano (Oregon Team) and Nick Catsburg (Tech 1 Racing). Mike Verschuur was determined to come out on top in this group of contenders. Taking advantage of Bernhard Ten Brinke's excursion off track, he started by gaining one position. The Dutch driver proceeded to overtook both Fabrice Walfisch and Jean-Philippe Madonia in the next lap.
Before the spate of refuelling stops, Dimitri Enjalbert was comfortably in the lead ahead of Jonathan Hirschi and Mike Verschuur. Enjalbert opted to pit very early and when the series of pit stops were over, it was clear he had maintained his lead ahead of Jonathan Hirschi and Mike Verschuur.
Behind Bernhard Ten Brinke, in 4th, the battle for 5th place between Jean-Philippe Madonia, Fabrice Walfisch, David Dermont and Nick Catsburg was far from over. The gang of four were soon caught by Giorgio Pantano. Confusion reigned in this group when Jean-Philippe Madonia came unstuck, and Fabrice Walfisch was able to grab fifth place, ahead of Nick Catsburg and Giorgio Pantano.
Up front, Mike Verschuur was gaining on Jonathan Hirschi as the race entered its final stages. In the last lap, he succeeded in passing Hirschi to take second place. But today absolutely noone was going to stop Dimitri Enjalbert from claiming his win. The Boutsen Energy Racing driver drove to his first victory of the season in fine style.
Dimitri Enjalbert: "That's done me a lot of good-- I scored plenty of points for the championship, after a bad start in Barcelona. Then I was absent from Spa. So it will be really hard for me to go for the title, but I can hope and give it my best."
Mike Verschuur: "I'm still having trouble with these standing starts without a foot clutch. I got it wrong today, but I got back on the pace once out on track. That was one of my best races - I overtook quite a few drivers, including Jonathan in the last lap. Now I need to get a win."
Jonathan Hirschi: "I got a good start for once-- In the last lap, my engineer told me the race was over, but it was a mistake. Mike cashed in!"