EU Megane: Barcelona test summary

Wet, wet, wet The Eurocup Mégane Trophy teams met for two more days of collective testing at the Barcelona circuit. Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) was in command during this first day of testing while today's fastest lap was registered by ...

Wet, wet, wet

The Eurocup Mégane Trophy teams met for two more days of collective testing at the Barcelona circuit. Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) was in command during this first day of testing while today's fastest lap was registered by Carlo Van Dam (Racing for Belgium).

"Our team will be similar to 2005, similar to when we won the first Eurocup Megane Trophy championship with Jan Haylen" said Wim Coekelbergs, Team Manager of Racing for Belgium, who was proud of Carlo Van Dam's performance at the end of the morning session.

Van Dam, one of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 frontrunners, is delighted to be staying in the World Series by Renault: "I'm happy to be linked to Renault, even though I'll also be competing in the German F3. This car is fantastic, easy to drive, and best of all, you don't get wet!"

The Circuit was wet indeed, following a heavy downpour yesterday afternoon, but after this typical spring storm the track started to dry-up, allowing the Swiss Ralph Meichtry to show some good form and put in an impressive lap, 1.53.142, leaving Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) and Bernard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur) only 0.6 and 0.8 seconds behind him respectively.

The Junior driver Mike Verschuur, winner of the German Clio Cup, will be under his father's orders in the Dutch Megane Trophy Team. Unfortunately, Mike crashed during the last session and his car did not make it back to the garage. Verschuur Sr. is confident about the new pit stop strategy: "I'm firmly convinced that the refuelling will made these races more spectacular. We will have to work on our strategies and be smarter than the others!"

Boutsen Energy Racing is the only team in which the cars will be shared. Yesterday, Renaud Kuppens confirmed that Horion Geoffroy will be also behind the wheel of car n10. The other car is shared between the two Maximes: Maxime Soulet (a former Belgian Formula Renault 1.6 Series competitor) and Maxime Martin.

Oregon Team are celebrating their 20 years in competition. Jerry Canevisio, their Team Manager, has recruited the Italian Clio Cup champion from 2003 and 2004, Giusseppe Ciro.

Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) has been the best Junior driver during this test and he will be looking to retain his title in 2007. This morning he had a crash after the first chicane but the team worked well and he even completed some out laps before the end of the morning session. Lahaye was the second quickest driver in Session 4, behind Dimitri Enjalbert.

Some drivers (Jean-Philippe Mandonia, Sebastien Dhouailly, Renaud Kuppens and Rafa Unzurrunzaga) decided not to take part in today's last session as the rain stayed at the Catalan circuitand some had no choice, like the Frenchman Matthieu Cheruy, whose engine was broken.

The Teams are now packing up with their minds set on the Series opener in Zolder (Belgium) on 22nd April.

-credit: renault

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Maxime Soulet , Sebastien Dhouailly , Renaud Kuppens , Dimitri Enjalbert , Maxime Martin , Geoffroy Horion , Matthieu Cheruy , Matthieu Lahaye , Ralph Meichtry , Carlo Va , Philippe Ma , Jan Haylen