EU Megane: Tech 1 2009 season preview

Tech 1 Racing hires Young Guns! Tech 1 Racing resumes battle in the Eurocup Megane Trophy with the aim of scoring a fourth Teams' title on the trot as well as reconquering the Drivers' one. To achieve this, the Toulouse-based squad has opted for...

Tech 1 Racing hires Young Guns!

Tech 1 Racing resumes battle in the Eurocup Megane Trophy with the aim of scoring a fourth Teams' title on the trot as well as reconquering the Drivers' one. To achieve this, the Toulouse-based squad has opted for youth and hired three promising young drivers: Frenchmen Matthieu Cheruy and Antony Tardieu plus Dutchman Nick Catsburg.

The arrival of the new Megane Trophy has not changed Tech 1 Racing's ambitions. Simon Abadie and his men have the same aim this season -- victory in the Teams' trophy for the fourth consecutive year as well as in the Drivers' one. "The drivers, engineers and mechanics know what our aims are. They're all incredibly motivated; it's very encouraging," smiles Simon Abadie.

To achieve this double, the team from Toulouse has bet on three young drivers, the most experienced of whom is 23-year-old Matthieu Cheruy embarking on his second season with Tech 1 Racing. Last year, he finished fourth in the Eurocup Megane Trophy and so he is one of the hot favourites for the title. "Matthieu was really convincing last year," analyses Simon. "He finished fourth overall in the Eurocup Megane Trophy and his three-podium finishes were a crucial factor in our third Teams' title. We're very happy that he's with us again in 2009. We're going to prepare for this coming season with him in the best possible fashion, and it's sure that he'll be a candidate for outright victory. He's got the potential; he just has to become fully aware of it. We really believe in him, but we're going to be up against very tough opposition."

This season, Matthieu will team up with two young drivers making their Eurocup Megane Trophy debut: Frenchman Antony Tardieu (20) and Nick Catsburg (21) from The Netherlands. These two promising newcomers have both cut their teeth in Formula Renault 2.0. In 2008, Antony finished sixteenth in Formula Renault 2.0 WEC, a good result for his first year in the championship. Nick came eighth in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC with a rostrum finish.

This season they will first of all have to get used to driving a saloon. Simon reckons they'll be among the front-runners very quickly. "It's very motivating and very interesting to work with two young drivers from single-seater racing. Antony and Nick will have to be patient at the start of the season, and then up their game as the races follow one another; they'll soon be fighting for victory. I think there'll be strong competition between our three drivers. The potential's there, and it's up to us to provide all three with the right equipment to enable them to give their best."

This season also sees the arrival of the new Megane Trophy. The new aero kit is being fitted on the cars, and first test session for Tech 1 Racing will be on the Nogaro circuit on 11th and 12th March. "The two days are going to be very important. It's a bit of a gamble, as we have to get the work done on all three cars in under a week. It's an advantage to test early on, and then have the time to prepare well for the coming season," explains Simon. "The first day will be a shakedown to make sure the cars are working properly and we'll also test a few parts. We'll go for performance on the second day and see how the new car reacts to different set-ups. Then it'll be back to the workshop to analyse all the data, before heading off to Barcelona at the end of March for the first collective test session."

The Eurocup Megane Trophy season is already under way for Tech 1 Racing. Matthieu, Antony and Nick have honed their fitness, and the whole squad is more motivated than ever. Once again, Tech 1 Racing will be the team to beat in the 2009 Eurocup Megane Trophy!

-credit: tech 1

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Simon Abadie , Matthieu Cheruy