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Rossi puts an end to the suspense! While Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing) was bursting with joy at the finish for winning for the second time this season, the happiest driver at the end of this race was Michael Rossi (TDS). Taking advantage ...

Rossi puts an end to the suspense!

While Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing) was bursting with joy at the finish for winning for the second time this season, the happiest driver at the end of this race was Michael Rossi (TDS). Taking advantage of Maxime Martin's (Thierry Boutsen Energy Racing) retirement, Michael Rossi won the Eurocup Megane Trophy 2008.

Starting from pole, Dimitri Enjalbert took the lead, however in third place on the start grid Michael Rossi drew level with him. Enjalbert resisted and kept his cool. Maxime Martin headed for third position ahead of Jonathan Hirschi (Tech 1 Racing) and Matthieu Cheruy (Tech 1 Racing). Sebastien Dhouailly (Team Lompech) collided with Cheruy who fell way back in the race order.

Not content with second place, Michael Rossi looked for a way past. Enjalbert wasnt going to take it lying down. The leader of the Eurocup Megane Trophy was overtaken lap after lap by Jonathan Hirschi then Maxime Martin. Rossi responded by overtaking Martin. Sebastien Dhouailly also took advantage of the situation. Martin was therefore relegated to fifth place.

While his rivals lost time in an indecisive battle, Dimitri Enjalbert increased his lead. Michael Rossi climbed back to second place after overtaking Hirschi. Hirschi now had to hold of attacks from Martin. Martin tried to push too hard but was unable to pull it off. The Belgian collided with Jonathan Hirschi and lost several places.

Maxime Martin fought back as best he could, but the damages to his car proved to be too great forcing him to give up. Michael Rossi, who finished on the podium in second place despite his mandatory pit-stop, is sure to clinch the Eurocup Megane Trophy title.

Behind Dimitri Enjalbert and Michael Rossi, Jonathan Hirschi, Sebastien Dhouailly and Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) battled for the third podium spot. Hirschi held onto his spot on the podium, whilst Lahaye slipped past Dhouailly in the second-to-last lap.

Dimitri Enjalbert was not worried and claimed his second victory of the season. Finishing in second place, Michael Rossi added the first title of his motor sport career to the list. Amongst today's winners, Jean-Philippe Madonia (TDS) was the first driver to claim victory in the Gentlemen Drivers category. The TDS team also pocketed two title from this first race. The Team title will be up for grabs during the last race of the season.

According to Michael Rossi, "It's a special day, it's the first title I have won in my career. The start of the race was difficult because the track was tricky. When they told me that Maxime Martin wouldn't be scoring any points today, I knew that it was absolutely essential for me to finish on the podium. I really worked hard without taking any risks. I'm happy for my team, my friends and family and everyone else that has supported me."

According to Dimitri Enjalbert, "It was the most difficult race of the season. Many parts of the track were wet, we all made mistakes at the beginning of the race. The Tech 1 Racing team have earned this victory for all the hard work they've put in this season. We weren't lucky this time but they all did a great job."

According to Jonathan Hirschi, I'm happy to be back on the podium. Maxime Martin drew level with me and touched me. I went spinning off and that's when I hit him again. It's the sort of collision that happens on difficult tracks."

-credit: wsbyrenault.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Thierry Boutsen , Sebastien Dhouailly , Dimitri Enjalbert , Maxime Martin , Matthieu Cheruy , Matthieu Lahaye , Michael Rossi , Jonathan Hirschi , Philippe Ma