Istanbul Qualifying Ludovic Badey (TDS) and Cesar Campanico (Racing for Belgium) took a pole position each for the Eurocup Megane Trophy. The French driver set the overall fastest time and will start from pole this afternoon. Tomorrow, it will...
Ludovic Badey (TDS) and Cesar Campanico (Racing for Belgium) took a pole position each for the Eurocup Megane Trophy. The French driver set the overall fastest time and will start from pole this afternoon. Tomorrow, it will be the turn of the Portuguese driver, who already dominated in collective testing.
With a new qualifying system which takes the two fastest times of each driver into account when determining the starting grid, team strategy is now of major importance for this qualifying session.
The leading drivers were not to be seen on track in the opening ten minutes. Despite a spin, Miguel Freitas (Racing for Belgium) set an initial standard that was some way off the times set in collective testing by Cesar Campanico.
Then, one by one, all the cars appeared on the scene. The two Epsilon Euskadi cars went to the top of the timing screens, with Jean-Philippe Dayraut ahead of James Kirkpatrick.
Midway through the session, Cesar Campanico (Racing for Belgium) then Ludovic Badey (TDS) both had a stint on provisional pole. The times continued to come down as Campanico regained the upper hand on the following lap. Pedro Petiz (Iris Racing) confirmed the potential he had shown in collective testing by going quicker than Badey.
After going straight into fourth on his first flying lap, Bruce Lorgere-Roux (Tech 1 Racing) took the second fastest time on his next lap. Meanwhile, Cesar Campanico was continuing to improve his times: the Portuguese driver was first to go faster than 2'02'', leaving him only three-tenths off the record he set yesterday.
With ten minutes left, Campanico, Lorgere-Roux, Petiz, Dayraut and Badey made up the top five. These drivers were all grouped with 3/10ths of a second, promising an exciting end to the session!
As Campanico went into the pits to fine-tune his setup, Badey snatched provisional pole away from him by just 20/1000ths! Lorgere-Roux was also getting quicker, but was unable to improve his position.
With Petiz, Dayraut and Badey all back in the pits, Cesar Campanico then came back out with only five minutes of this single qualifying session left to run. Unfortunately, a yellow flag put paid to the Portuguese driver's efforts to improve on his time.
Ludovic Badey: "I was only able to get one clear lap in: the one that gave me pole position! There was plenty of traffic and I came up right behind another car going very slowly through the blind triple left-hander. The only way I could avoid a collision was to spin. It was a shame because that lap would have been even better than my pole lap. In that case, I would have taken both pole positions."