Heylen takes two victories in Valencia "This must have been close to a perfect weekend," opens Jan Heylen his story of the MÃ©gane Trophy at Valencia. The Racing for Belgium driver won both races in Spain and is the first ...
Heylen takes two victories in Valencia
"This must have been close to a perfect weekend," opens Jan Heylen his story of the Mégane Trophy at Valencia. The Racing for Belgium driver won both races in Spain and is the first championship leader of this brand new series.
"It might have looked easy, but it wasn't," continues Jan. "The official test-day on Tuesday was rather difficult. Due to an engine problem, we lost a complete day. Still, the team did a great job as they not only found the origin of the problem but, what's more important, it didn't reoccur anymore."
"The free practice sessions on Thursday and Friday were really good. We still had a lot of work as Renault decided to change the ride height of the Mégane, we now drive at 60 millimetres and this change requires a completely different set-up of the car. Overall, we set the second time, right behind Derlot," tells Jan.
As the team didn't find the right set-up immediately, the first qualifying session did not give the expected result. Jan was 5th on the grid, partly due to the qualifying format of the series. Jan explains: "Pair and impair number get both one side of the grid. I was 3rd in my impair group and 3rd overall but two drivers of the pair group got in front of me on the starting grid."
"But the second session was much better, I got pole and so the work of the team still paid off."
"The first race was short but intense. The race clerks decided to race over 15 minutes instead of 25 minutes and what's more, the race was stopped after only one lap as the race direction judged that the starting procedure wasn't respected. So, the first heat was shortened to only 10 minutes or 6 laps. But it was fun."
"After only one lap, I got from 5th to 3rd and only one lap later I managed to pass César. In the ultimate lap, I overtook Derlot and to become the first winner of the championship. Of course, I'm delighted, not only for myself but also for this young team, Racing For Belgium."
"The second race was completely different. I led the entire race and got my second win in a row. In both heats, I also set the fastest lap of the race scoring two extra points."
"This was just a perfect weekend, two races, two wins. I would like to dedicate this result to the team and my sponsors as they made this all happen," finishes a happy Jan Heylen.