Tech 1 Racing's second podium finish of the 2009 season At Spa-Francorchamps, Matthieu Cheruy was on the podium and in Hungary it was Nick Catsburg's turn to give Tech 1 Racing its second rostrum finish of the 2009 season in the Eurocup Megane...
Tech 1 Racing's second podium finish of the 2009 season
At Spa-Francorchamps, Matthieu Cheruy was on the podium and in Hungary it was Nick Catsburg's turn to give Tech 1 Racing its second rostrum finish of the 2009 season in the Eurocup Megane Trophy. The Tech 1 Racing drivers are upping their performance at each race. Victory is almost at hand!
After the Spa-Francorchamps race in which Matthieu Cheruy stepped up onto the podium for the first time this season, the Tech 1 Racing team continued to work hard and arrived in Hungary having stacked all the odds in its favour. In particular, the team changed all the electric harnesses on the three Megane Trophies.
Matthieu Cheruy knew the Hungarian circuit, which was not the case for Nick Catsburg or Anthony Tardieu. "It's a very difficult, tricky layout as the trajectories aren't natural. You have to stay on the inside in several corners when your natural inclination is to take the outside line," was how Simon Abadie analysed the situation. Nick and Anthony used the collective session to get to grips with the track.
In qualifying, they were not on the pace. Catsburg was ninth quickest just in front of team-mate Cheruy while Tardieu was back in fifteenth spot. But the team used the session to collect a lot of information, and the three cars' handling evolved in the right direction for the two races.
On Saturday, Catsburg made a good start and thanks to a perfect strategy passed Giorgio Pantano during his pit stop to finish sixth. Cheruy saw the flag in twelfth spot while his team-mate Tardieu made a great comeback. He started from fourteenth place and fought his way up to ninth after an early stop to take advantage of more favourable track conditions.
The next day in blazing Hungarian sunlight Catsburg again shone. The Dutchman, sixth on the grid, made a superb getaway and finished lap 1 in fourth place. The Tech 1 Racing squad decided to bring him in early. He was able to push hard for the rest of the race and finished in third spot. "It's Nick's first rostrum and certainly not the last," smiled Simon after the race. "We kept improving our cars' setup all through the weekend, and this podium is a reward for the work of the whole team."
His team-mates also had a good race. Cheruy, who was on a different strategy to his team-mate's, lost any chance of a good finish due an electrical harness problem, which led to his retirement. Tardieu continued learning about the Eurocup Megane Trophy. Thanks once again to a perfect strategy, the French driver fought his way up through the field from fourteenth to eighth place and scored another three points.
"Nick is on the pace; he's making progress in each race and that's very positive," summed up Simon. "We're going to continue working to finish on the podium on a regular basis as we've done at the last two meetings. We'll shortly be in a position to win."
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