EU Megane: Series Brno race report

Catsburg makes good at last! Having come close to success on a number of occasions, TDS Racing's Nick Catsburg finally tasted victory in Eurocupe Megane Trophy at the end of an impressive drive. It was nevertheless Oregon Team's Stefano ...

Catsburg makes good at last!

Having come close to success on a number of occasions, TDS Racing's Nick Catsburg finally tasted victory in Eurocupe Megane Trophy at the end of an impressive drive. It was nevertheless Oregon Team's Stefano Comini, second, who leaves Brno as championship leader. McGregor by Equipe Verschuur's Bas Schothorst completed the lineup on the podium, while TDS Racing's Jean-Philippe Madonia won the Gentlemen Drivers category.

For the first time this season it wasn't Nick Catsburg, but Stefano Comini in pole position. The Swiss driver placed himself squarely in top-slot right at the start of the qualifying session. The second line was made up of Bas Schothorst and TDS Racing's Pierre Thiriet.

However, it was Catsburg who took charge of the race as the lights changed. The TDS Racing driver held first place ahead of teammate Thiriet who had shot up from 4th place on the grid. Stefano Comini fell back to third, but was immediately on Thiriet's case. The Frenchman gave nothing away and held his position. Behind them, Boutsen Energy Racing's Dimitri Enjalbert and McGregor by Equipe Verschuur's Hoevort Vos collided. Both drivers were forced to retire. In fourth, Schothorst was followed by Madonia and Orgeon Team's Niccolo Nalio.

Catsburg stormed ahead at the start of the race and took advantage of the tussle between Thiriet and Comini to build his lead. TDS Racing decided to call Nick Catsburg in relatively early for his mandatory pit stop. At the same moment, Stefano Comini overtook Pierre Thiriet and moved into provisional lead. The Swiss driver set fast lap after fast lap before he entered the pits, while Catsburg was stuck in traffic. The situation appeared to have turned in favour of Comini, but he seemed to lose his advantage while he was in the pits. Catsburg held on to his lead after the refueling period.

The Dutchman made a perfect job of the end of the race to take the second race of his Eurocup Megane Trophy career. Stefano Comini finished second, and leaves Brno as leader of the overall points, ahead of Pierre Thiriet and Nick Catsburg. On form throughout the weekend, Bas Schothorst was entirely happy with third place, and his first podium of the season. In the Gentlemen Trophy, despite having left the track during the race, Jean-Philippe Madonia snatched victory ahead of Raymond Coronel. It was nevertheless Coronel who leads the championship for the category.

Quote, unquote:

Nick Catsburg : "It's the first time this season that I haven't made pole, and the first time I've won the race! I got a good start, and then I just did everything I had to during the race. Plus we got the strategy right. It was actually a relatively straight-forward race. It puts me back in the championship. I can't wait for the next one^a"

Stefano Comini : "I got too much wheelspin at the start, and I did the same in the pits. It cost me a win today, as in terms of pure performance, we were up there with Nick. Nevertheless I'm in the lead for the championship. I'm going to do all I can to win the Eurocup Megane Trophy in my first year in the class.

Bas Schothorst : "It's my first podium this year, it's a good sign. We've really improved our performance this weekend and we're not far behind the fastest guys. We were really quick on old tyres, but it was on we had a bit of trouble on fresh rubber. We need to look closely at this point."

-source: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Raymond Coronel , Philippe Ma , Pierre Thiriet , Niccolo Nalio , Stefano Comini
Teams TDS Racing