Petiz still the man to beat An ever-present on the podium since the start of the season, Pedro Petiz (Tech 1 Racing) has it all speed, consistency and a cool head. Already clear at the top of the overall standings, he should be able to hold ...
Petiz still the man to beat
An ever-present on the podium since the start of the season, Pedro Petiz (Tech 1 Racing) has it all speed, consistency and a cool head. Already clear at the top of the overall standings, he should be able to hold off his team-mate Dimitri Enjalbert. For the other teams, the Donington round will offer one of the last chances to put some pressure on the leaders.
The least you could say about Pedro Petiz is that he has got into a good rhythm: when he isn't winning races, he has the canny knack of finishing third. This near-perfect record means that the Portuguese driver has built up a sizeable sixteen-point lead over his nearest rival. However, the gap is not as yet a comfortable one: one DNF and the leaderboard could look very different
In fact, a mechanical problem was precisely the reason Petiz was able to move clear of Dimitri Enjalbert. A rookie in the category, the other leading Tech 1 Racing driver is still very much in the hunt. And with eight races still to go, he still has every chance
The epic battle between the two Juniors has left their rivals trailing in their wake. Winner of race 2 in Zolder, Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) has been off the pace since the opening round. He is now closely pursued by Fabrice Walfisch (Team Lompech Sport), who turned his good form into a result by taking a runner-up spot in Budapest.
A few points further back, Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) holds fifth place in the overall standings. His results have been somewhat disappointing so far, as many expected to see him fighting for the title after winning the Junior championship in 2006. Unfortunately, he has been hit by bad luck since Zolder.
After coming close to a win at the Nurburgring, Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing) has been in regular contention for the top places, as has Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur).
Back into the top ten after their race wins at the Hungaroring, Michael Rossi (Racing for Belgium) and Gregory Franchi (Equipe Verschuur) will be looking for a repeat performance in England to move up a few more places. With three meetings gone, some drivers have had to kiss their hopes of winning the title goodbye. Ludovic Badey, for example, will now only be going for race wins. Like Lahaye, Badey was considered to be a serious championship contender, but the TDS team driver suffered a series of mechanical problems before returning to form in Budapest. It is the same story for the Dutchman Carlo van Dam (Racing for Belgium) and Mike Verschuur (Equipe Verschuur). Renaud Kuppens and Geoffroy Horion (Boutsen Energy Racing), who will be taking part in one race each in the Megane no. 10, will also be looking to make it onto the podium.
In the Junior championship, unsurprisingly Pedro Petiz and Dimitri Enjalbert lead the standings. A good way back in third, Maxime Martin must keep a watchful eye on Matthieu Lahaye, Sebastien Dhouailly (Tech 1 Racing), Mike Verschuur, Michael Rossi and Mathieu Cheruy (TDS)!