Tech 1 Racing back in harness! After the 6-week summer break Tech 1 Racing was back in harness at the Nurburgring in Germany for the second-last round of the Eurocup Megane Trophy. The Toulouse-based team did not let the opportunity slip ...
Tech 1 Racing back in harness!
After the 6-week summer break Tech 1 Racing was back in harness at the Nurburgring in Germany for the second-last round of the Eurocup Megane Trophy. The Toulouse-based team did not let the opportunity slip and scored points.
The Nurburgring weekend saw the restart of the Eurocup Megane Trophy. After the Le Mans round where the Tech 1 Racing drivers were hit by bad luck, the second last round of the 2009 season gave Nick Catsburg, Matthieu Cheruy and Antony Tardieu the opportunity to shine.
They were in the heat of the action straight away, and were on the pace from the green light. Nick Catsburg set the fourth-quickest time in the first collective test session on Friday. Matthieu Cheruy also went well and emerged seventh fastest. Antony Tardieu was eleventh when the flag fell. The team used the afternoon to fine-tune the cars' setup for qualifying. Catsburg set the fifth-best time on a dry track, while his team-mates were tenth and twelfth respectively.
On Saturday, qualifying was as hotly-disputed as ever. Despite 2 interruptions the Tech 1 drivers put on solid performances. The Dutchman, who was baulked on his flying lap, still managed to set the seventh-quickest time and put himself on the clean side of the track for the start. Cheruy and Tardieu finished the session in ninth and eleventh places respectively. "Nick was held up in qualifying,' said Simon Abadie, the team manager of Tech 1 Racing. "In these conditions, it's difficult for him and for the others to set a good time.
In front of the big German crowd Nick's first race was cut short as he was hit by another driver in the first corner. The latter was given a penalty for having caused the accident. All eyes were now fixed on the other new Megane Trophies in the Tech 1 Racing colours. Cheruy and Tardieu kept out of trouble and scored points as they finished in sixth and seventh places.
On Sunday, the Tech 1 Racing drivers had another good race. Catsburg was again out of luck as a clutch problem sidelined him when he was lying fourth. "Nick drove a great race, but unfortunately he broke a new universal joint," explained Simon.
His team-mates were on different strategies, which paid off in both cases. Tardieu started from eleventh on the grid and he put off his stop as late as possible to move up several places on the time sheets. He took the flag in sixth spot. This gave him an additional 9 points and he equalled his best result of the season at the Nurburging, which moved him up 2 places in the drivers' ratings. "Antony was very quick. He's got his confidence back and that helped him have a good race. He's still progressing," analysed Simon. Cheruy opted for an early stop on lap 8. The Frenchman rejoined in sixteenth place and fought his way back up through the field. "Matthieu drove well today and this helped him bag the points for eighth place," Simon went on.
The team from Toulouse now has a month to prepare for the final round of the season in Spain on 24th-25th October. "I'd like Nick to score a podium finish in Motorland Aragon, because he really deserves it. For Matthieu and Antony it would be good too if they could bag a good result to round off the season on a high note," concluded Simon.
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