EU Megane: Series Silverstone Friday summary

Nick Catsburg, master of collective testing Nick Catsburg (TDS Racing) was once again quickest man on track today in collective testing in the Eurocup M?gane Trophy. On the new model Silverstone track, which could have been purpose-built for ...

Nick Catsburg, master of collective testing

Nick Catsburg (TDS Racing) was once again quickest man on track today in collective testing in the Eurocup M?gane Trophy. On the new model Silverstone track, which could have been purpose-built for M?gane Trophy, the leader of the Drivers' championship turned on the pace to leave his closest rivals some way behind. Stefano Comini (Oregon Team) and Bas Schothorst (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur) finished second and third, but there was a good time gap between them and the Dutch master.

The drivers competing in Eurocup M?gane Trophy took to the new Silverstone track for the first time today, so all the drivers opted for long lap sequences, in order to gather as much data as possible.

In characteristic mode, the TDS Racing driver shot to the front of the pack right from the start. Catsburg set the pace and gradually improved on his fastest time. He set the time to beat with a 2'10''098 lap. It was Dimitri Enjalbert (Boutsen Energy Racing), twenty minutes into the session, who reminded us just how much he likes Silverstone, by topping the timing screens in 2'10''037.

At mid-session, after some adjustments, Nick Catsburg was back behind the wheel and getting ahead again, with a time of 2'09''661. Behind him things started moving at the end of the session, when Hoevert Vos (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur) went second. In third place, Dimitri Enjalbert was followed by Renaud Derlot (Boutsen Energy Racing) and Stefano Comini. These five drivers were all within five tenths of a second, and that bodes well for the weekend's entertainment!

In the afternoon, it only took a few minutes for Nick Catsburg to improve his best time of the morning. The Eurocup M?gane Trophy leader dominated the session throughout. Near the end of the session, he raised his game once again, pulling out a huge 2'07''422 lap. Catsburg was to be the only driver to go below 2'08 on the day.

Behind him, the outcome of the battle for second was looking more uncertain. Stefano Comini won out in the end, ahead of Bas Schothorst, Renaud Derlot and Niccolo Nalio (Oregon Team).

Nick Catsburg : "Again we very well worked during free practice. I adored Silverstone in the old configuration and now, with the modifications, I love this circuit even more! The new curves are very quick, and even if it's a bit bumpy it's just fantastic in M?gane Trophy. I'm ready for this title battle with Pierre Thiriet - all in a spirit of good friendship of course. Ideally I'd like to be in front to avoid any problems!".

Dimitri Enjalbert : "Everything went very well this morning, but we were much less on the pace in the second session. I had a long debrief with my engineer and I think we have found the reason. It's been a difficult season for me and since my victory at Spa-Francorchamps, I really wasn't in a good place. So much so that I didn't want to get up in the morning to come out to drive! But since Hockenheim, everything is much better. I'm getting some of my confidence back and I feel good again in the car. Renaud Derlot is helping me work better. Everything is moving right to get me back into winning ways again."

-source: renault-sport

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Renaud Derlot , Dimitri Enjalbert , Hoevert Vos , Pierre Thiriet , Niccolo Nalio , Stefano Comini
Teams TDS Racing