EU Megane: Friday practice notes

Badey back in business After struggling so far this season, Ludovic Badey (TDS) returned to form by clocking the best time in today's collective testing at the Hungaroring. The Frenchman finished ahead of the Dutch pair of Mike Verschuur (Equipe...

Badey back in business

After struggling so far this season, Ludovic Badey (TDS) returned to form by clocking the best time in today's collective testing at the Hungaroring. The Frenchman finished ahead of the Dutch pair of Mike Verschuur (Equipe Verschuur) and Carlo van Dam (Racing for Belgium), who were also both happy to back among the leading drivers.

Ludovic Badey, regarded by many as the hot favourite to win this year's Eurocup Mégane Trophy, has had a difficult start to the season. The Frenchman has clearly not been doing himself justice, sixth place being his best result to date.

A test session on the Nogaro circuit enabled his TDS team to get to the bottom of the problem: "There was a fault on the chassis, undoubtedly caused during collective testing at the Paul Ricard circuit. We tried out a lot of things before finding what was losing us almost a second per lap."

Having already showed serious signs of progress in a morning session that was dominated by Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing), Badey pursued his good form in the afternoon to take the day's best time: "I hope that my season is finally going to get underway this week-end! I feel good. I hope to be in contention to win races."

Two tenths adrift, Mike Verschuur demonstrated once again that he deserves to be considered as one of the best drivers in the Eurocup: "Today was my first outing here and I must say I like this very technical track and its many corners. In the morning session, we were hit by problems with the gearbox and the power steering but the teal did a great job and everything went well this afternoon. I hope that I can qualify near the front of the grid."

Third today and another to return to form, Carlo van Dam (Racing for Belgium) was pleased to have a problem-free day: "I hope the difficulties we had at Zolder and the Nürburgring are behind us. We can still improve the balance of the car, but we have got the speed now. I feel the pressure is off. I'll be aiming for a top three spot."

Pedro Petiz and Dimitri Enjalbert, the two championship leaders, complete the top five. But there's no rush for these two, who spent the day trying out new setups. Fellow Tech 1 Racing drivers, Matthieu Lahaye and Sébastian Dhouailly were hit by mechanical problems this morning. Matthieu's fuel pump gave him grief whereas Sébastian broke part of his car's suspension.

Tenth placed driver Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur) was full of hope for the week-end, whereas just behind him in eleventh, Ralph Meichtry was clearly unhappy with his performance today: "This morning I was second before everyone else put on fresh tyres. And this afternoon, I wasn't able to make the most of my set of new tyres."

-credit: wsbyrenault

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Ludovic Badey , Pedro Petiz , Carlo van Dam , Dimitri Enjalbert , Matthieu Lahaye , Bernhard Ten Brinke