100% record for Badey The third MÃ©gane Trophy race brought the curtain down on a highly successful Estoril meeting. After the unveiling of Clio III, Franck Montagny's demonstration in the F1 R24 and the Renault Heritage parade led by Jean ...
100% record for Badey
The third Mégane Trophy race brought the curtain down on a highly successful Estoril meeting. After the unveiling of Clio III, Franck Montagny's demonstration in the F1 R24 and the Renault Heritage parade led by Jean Ragnotti, the 50,000 spectators here today looked on as Ludovic Badey (Pouchelon Racing) drove to victory again, beating Renaud Derlot (TP Compétition) and César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium) into second and third. The Eurocup title is now between Heylen and Derlot, and will be decided in Monza.
After the accident involving Marc Benz at the end of race 2, the Iris Racing team assisted by mechanics from Jenzer Motorsport achieved wonders in rebuilding the number 5 Mégane Trophy. The Swiss driver drove out the pits, but his car broke down on the formation lap and he was thus unable to take up his pole position.
Ludovic Badey found himself alone on the front row at the start and had no difficulty in getting away ahead of Renaud Derlot. Drama descended on the first corner when Jeffrey Van Hooydonk (Thierry Boutsen Racing) and Jan Heylen (Racing for Belgium) came together.
César Campaniço (Racing for Belgium) overtook Nicola Gianniberti (Oregon Team) right at the start of the second lap, taking third place in the process. Mathieu Lahaye was the other driver in the first 5. Behind him, the battle for places was intense, as Angel Burgueño could not hold off Frédéric Gabillon. The Team Lompech Sport driver had just picked up a warning for being too aggressive when overtaking Miguel Freitas (Racing for Belgium), but the showman kept on driving aggressively to the great delight of the spectators.
The first three moved clear whilst Lahaye picked up a place in overtaking Gianniberti. Things were going less well for his teammate Simon Abadie, who lost his 8th place when he went off into the gravel. Portuguese drivers Pedro Petiz and Miguel Freitas needed no further invitation to go past!
Sébastien Dhouailly (Team Lompech Sport) was shunted by Jan Heylen, with Mathieu Cheruy (Pouchelon Racing) left blocked behind them. In the end, Dhouailly was the only man to go out of the race for good, as the safety car was brought out onto the track.
When racing resumed, Miguel Freitas' (Racing for Belgium) race ended in the gravel trap. Meanwhile, Cheruy was neck and neck with Rafael Unzurrunzaga (Blue Jumeirah). One lap later, Frédéric Gabillon grabbed 5th place from Nicola Gianniberti, who was overtaken soon afterwards by Burgueño.
Ludovic Badey wasted no time in putting several car lengths between himself and Derlot, who in turn was comfortably ahead of Campaniço. Matthieu Lahaye, on the other hand, could see Frédéric Gabillon looming increasingly large in his mirrors. César Campaniço pushed hard to get past Renaud Derlot on the final lap, but the race order remained unchanged.
Ludovic Badey: "I don't think that I'm the best driver but we have worked hard as a team to achieve this. I'd like to dedicate this win to Marc Benz, who deserved to take part in the race alongside us."
Renaud Derlot: "It was very much Badey's weekend! In Monza, it will be difficult for me to challenge Heylen for the title. We have to do some more work on the car. But my weekend's performance was not bad."
César Campaniço: "I was determined to finish this race after the first two, which were difficult."