Enjalbert proves potential After dominating collective testing, Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing) has gone on to prove his potential in qualifying: the Junior driver will now start from pole position in both races. He will line up on the...
Enjalbert proves potential
After dominating collective testing, Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing) has gone on to prove his potential in qualifying: the Junior driver will now start from pole position in both races. He will line up on the front row for both races alongside Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing), who has also shown he is on form at the Nurburgring. Further back, Lahaye, Petiz and Meichtry will be looking to pounce on any mistakes.
Only about ten drivers were out on track in the opening session. It was Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) who clearly dominated proceedings: with ten minutes gone, the Swiss driver had opened up a margin of 8/10ths over the Verschuur team's two lead drivers Bernhard Ten Brinke and Mike Verschuur. At this point, the German Andreas Mayerl (Sesterheim Racing) was provisionally back in fourth ahead of Giuseppe Ciro (Oregon Team).
After 15 minutes, Mike Verschuur then came to within 4/10ths of Ralph Meichtry. Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing) then came out on track to have his say in the matter: he immediately took his place up among the leaders. While Meichtry was back in the pits, the Belgian then moved to within less than 3/10ths of his time. Martin then managed to secure the fastest time by putting in a lap in 2'05''759 in the final minute.
The session didn't go so well for some of the other drivers: Wim Beelem (Equipe Verschuur) treated the crowds to a number of spectacular spins while Ciro ended his session in the gravel trap.
After a five minute break, the clock was restarted for the second 20-minute session. After looking unbeatable in collective testing, Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing) was the first favourite out on track. Having already put in some good performances in the first session, Martin, Meichtry, Verschuur and Ten Brinke all opted to stay in the pits.
Just before the mid-point in the session, Enjalbert went fastest pushing all of the lead four down a notch. With only five minutes left, not one of Pedro Petiz, Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing), Michael Rossi (Racing for Belgium), Fabrice Walfisch (Team Lompech Sport) and Carlo van Dam (Racing for Belgium) had yet managed to make it into the top 5!
Then, with three minutes to the chequered flag, Lahaye set the third fastest time, while his teammate Petiz went fifth fastest behind Meichtry. Rossi also improved on his time to move up into sixth.
Though rows one (Enjalbert / Martin), four (Verschuur / Ten Brinke) and five (Walfisch / Van Dam) will be identical for both races, rows two and three will be quite different, with the places there going to Lahaye, Petiz, Meichtry and Rossi.