EU Megane: Series Brno Friday report

Nick Catsburg pockets the two sessions The Brno circuit was a new experience for Nick Catsburg (TDS Racing) today. But that didn't prevent him from putting in the best performance of the day in Eurocup Megane Trophy, despite stern resistance ...

Nick Catsburg pockets the two sessions

The Brno circuit was a new experience for Nick Catsburg (TDS Racing) today. But that didn't prevent him from putting in the best performance of the day in Eurocup Megane Trophy, despite stern resistance from Stefano Comini (Oregon Team). The two men will be need to look out for Bas Schothorst (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur) and Niccolo Nalio (Oregon Team) this weekend, both ready to take advantage of the slightest opening.

From the green light, all the Eurocup Megane Trophy competitors were out to find out how their Megane Trophy's would take to the Brno circuit. For Wilko Becker, the learning curve was extreme since it was also his first time, on any track, behind the wheel of this high performance race car.

It was straight down to business for Nick Catsburg, as the TDS Racing driver shot to the front of the pack right from the start. The first to fight back was Nick Catsburg's team mate, Thiriet (TDS Racing), then Stefano Comini. The Swiss driver rose to the top of the timing charts, with a lap time of 2'06'' 583, then -continuing in the same vein- he went one better in 2'06'' 408.

Catsburg wasted no time in reacting, improving on the reference time three times on the trot and taking over the leadership again, with a provisional best time of 2'05'' 523. But the trial of strength with Stefano Comini wasn't over. The Oregon Team driver improved again and became the first Megane Trophy driver to go below the 2'05 mark, completing a lap in 2'04'' 833. Not to be beaten, Nick Catsburg set off on a final charge and produced the best lap of the session, in 2'04'' 571. Stefano Comini was second and Bas Schothorst (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur) completed the top 3. The Eurocup Megane Trophy leader, true to his strategy, spent the session working on his car, without really trying to drive a quick lap. He finished in sixth place.

Between Nick Catsburg and Stefano Comini, the head-to-head duel continued into the second session, with Bas Schothorst lying in ambush. The Dutch driver with TDS Racing again spent most of the session at the top of the timing screens, ahead of the Oregon Team's Swiss driver. But this second session was disrupted by several red flag incidents, making it difficult for drivers to build their momentum.

Though Nick Catsburg improved his time on his last run of the afternoon, he couldn't do better than this morning. He finished the second meeting of the day in first place, ahead of Niccolo Nalio and Stefano Comini. On aggregate over the two sessions, it was Comini who finished second, in front of Nalio.

Quote, unquote:

Nick Catsburg: "It's the first time that I've driven here, whereas Stefano Comini has already raced in single-seaters on this circuit. I expected to be behind him. This is a lovely circuit, and it suits Megane Trophy down to the ground. This morning we really worked with a race perspective, running some very consistent times. We expected to do better this afternoon, but the track wasn't so quick, and the red flags didn't help."

Bas Schothorst: "There's still just a little something missing for us to be a threat to the quickest cars out there. We can still improve our car and personally I need to improve in some sectors of the circuit. It's a fine circuit with a little bit of everything. Catsburg and Comini do look quick, but I didn't do a single timed lap on new tyres today because of the red flags. So there is still a margin for improvement."

-source: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Niccolo Nalio , Stefano Comini
Teams TDS Racing