EU Megane: Series Magny-Cours preview

Swiss on a roll In terms of the championship, the Brno round of the Eurocup Megane Trophy really put the cat amongst the pigeons. Oregon Team's Stefano Comini and TDS Racing's Nick Catsburg both claimed their first win in the Czech Republic,...

Swiss on a roll

In terms of the championship, the Brno round of the Eurocup Megane Trophy really put the cat amongst the pigeons. Oregon Team's Stefano Comini and TDS Racing's Nick Catsburg both claimed their first win in the Czech Republic, while Boutsen Energy Racing's Dimitri Enjalbert struck out. The result? Stefano Comini arrives at Magny-Cours as the new Eurocup Megane Trophy championship leader. In his first season in the class, the Swiss driver could already be heading for the title.

This year, Eurocup Megane Trophy returns to Magny-Cours following a three-year absence. It will be the first time that the new version of this high-performance saloon has raced on the French circuit. This playground, which features the fast corners of Estoril, the technical sectors of the Nurburgring, and the perfect overtaking zone at the Adelaide hairpin, is ideally suited to Megane Trophy.

At the French round of the World Series by Renault, the local drivers will by hoping to benefit from their inside knowledge, and gain an advantage in the race. Because at Brno, it was Stefano Comini and Nick Catsburg who held court.

In his first season in Eurocup Megane Trophy, 20-year old Stefano Comini, who cut his teeth in Formula Renault 2.0, was immediately at home in the car. On the pace during the winter testing and on the podium at Spa, Comini arrived at Brno with one pole position and one win under his belt, but most importantly, leading the championship. The Swiss driver from the town of Banco, just a few miles from the Italian border, makes no secret of his ambitions. He is no longer here to learn; he wants the Eurocup Megane Trophy, and he wants it this season.

The only hurdle; he has to contend with some pretty stiff competition, starting with Nick Catsburg. Having won three pole positions out of a possible four, TDS Racing's Dutchman boasts a breathtaking turn of speed. Following a disappointing result in the first race at Brno, he claimed his first win in the class on Sunday. His win will surely give him a new lease of life following a lacklustre 2009 season, which continued into 2010. He is currently third in the Championship, 10 points behind Comini.

Meanwhile, thanks to his consistency Pierre Thiriet, who has scored points in every race so far this season, is a close second with just nine points to make up. Fast and reliable, the Frenchman holds a trump card for Magny-Cours. But as the WSR comes to France, all eyes will be on Dimitri Enjalbert. Unable to pose a real threat to Comini or Catsburg at Brno due to poor handling, the Parisian has the advantage of knowing the terrain. On a circuit which he knows well, and on which he knows he is quick, the Boutsen Energy Racing driver needs to win in order to relaunch his hopes of the Eurocup Megane Trophy title. Team Lompech Sport's Sebastien Dhouailly will be another French name to look out for.

In the Gentlemen Drivers, two-times Championship winner, TDS Racing's Jean-Philippe Madonia has found a sizeable adversary in the form of McG Fashion Group by Verschuur's Raymond Coronel. The Dutchman currently leads the points ahead of Madonia, Oregon Team's Navajo, Equipe Verschuur's Steven Gisjen and Brixia Autosport's Angelo Baiguera. Without doubt, Madonia will do everything he can to redress the balance on his home turf, but the French driver should be warned, the competition will do everything they possibly can to prevent him from claiming a third title in the category reserved for amateurs.

-source: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Sebastien Dhouailly , Dimitri Enjalbert , Angelo Baiguera , Raymond Coronel , Philippe Ma , Pierre Thiriet , Stefano Comini
Teams TDS Racing