More points for Tech 1 Racing The Silverstone round marked the halfway stage of the 2009 Eurocup Megane Trophy. While Nick Catsburg, Antony Tardieu and Matthieu Cheruy failed to make it onto the podium, they scored points towards the title and...
More points for Tech 1 Racing
The Silverstone round marked the halfway stage of the 2009 Eurocup Megane Trophy. While Nick Catsburg, Antony Tardieu and Matthieu Cheruy failed to make it onto the podium, they scored points towards the title and will arrive at Le Mans in a few days' time determined to do better.
In Hungary, Nick Catsburg scored the first podium finish of his career in the Eurocup Megane Trophy. The Tech 1 Racing drivers arrived at Silverstone hoping to do at least as well. Matthieu Cheruy was the only one of the trio to have already raced on the British circuit, so Catsburg's and Antony Tardieu's first task was to learn the very quick and tricky Northampton layout.
On Friday, the team was on the pace in collective testing. In the morning session, Catsburg set the second-quickest time on a wet track, and the Dutchman soon dialled himself in on his first outing at Silverstone. In the afternoon, the team continued gathering precious data for the rest of the weekend.
Qualifying did not go off as well as expected. Catsburg finished eighth followed by Tardieu in tenth and Cheruy in twelfth. "It's hard to explain," analysed Simon Abadie. "We were slower. If it seems difficult to catch the first three, we can aim for fourth or fifth," predicted the man from Toulouse.
On Saturday, Catsburg and Cheruy made a perfect start. They were sixth and seventh in the opening laps hot of the gearboxes of the drivers in front of them. Unfortunately, the Dutchman was hit with a technical problem forcing him to retire. Tardieu did not have much luck either and his race ended in a collision. Cheruy made one of the best comebacks. By delaying his stop as long as possible he managed to snatch sixth place after starting from twelfth on the grid.
"Nick could have finished in the first five but he had a fuel line problem that forced him to retire. On the other hand, I'm pleased as none of our drivers gave up the fight. All three made a great start to the race and Matthieu's comeback was a good piece of driving," said Simon.
The next day the Tech 1 Racing trio showed what they were capable of in the Sunday race. In front of some 135 000 spectators over the weekend Nick Catsburg and Matthieu Cheruy again made a superb getaway. The Tech 1 trio were on different strategies, and they managed to overtake several rivals and all three finished in the first eight. "The drivers' reaction on Sunday was excellent. We were quick and they all had a good race. They again showed their mettle," smiled Simon.
Tech 1 Racing scored another 15 points in the manufacturers' championship and will come to Le Mans determined to do better. "Our drivers are gathering experience at each race; they're on the pace. We know Le Mans well as we won there last year and Matthieu finished on the podium. We're expecting a lot from this weekend," said Simon.
Rendezvous on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July for the next World Series by Renault meeting.
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