Clio Cup drivers shift up a gear The 2010 season may have come to an end yesterday, but the Eurocup Megane Trophy teams were already back on the track for a day dedicated to Clio drivers as guests of Renault Sport Technologies and the promoters...
Clio Cup drivers shift up a gear
The 2010 season may have come to an end yesterday, but the Eurocup Megane Trophy teams were already back on the track for a day dedicated to Clio drivers as guests of Renault Sport Technologies and the promoters of the national championships. Driving a TDS Racing car, Bas Schothorst was the yardstick for drivers who had come along for a taste of Megane Trophy.
TThe drivers in Eurocup Megane Trophy were ready for action this Monday morning in Barcelona faced with a programme of collective testing featuring two 90-minute sessions. The winners of the various Clio Cup national championships were invited by Renault Sport Technologies and the promoters of each country to tryout Megane Trophy today.
While Bas Schothorst, today driving one of the TDS Team's cars, dominated in the first session, McG Fashion by Verschuur's Mikaël Ohlson and McGregor by Equipe Verschuur's Sebastien Stahl, as guests of Renault Germany, put on an impressive show during their introduction to Megane Trophy. Bas Schothorst set the fastest lap of the first session with a time of 1'54"731, the drivers all taking advantage of a dry track for their 30-lap session.
The track was damp at the start of the second session, but the sun put in another appearance and the tarmac was soon dry. Bas Schothorst continued to dominate with a time of 1'54"324, while Mikael Ohlson acquitted himself admirably. TDS Racing's Dave Newham, winner of the British Clio Cup, upped the ante at the end of the afternoon to set the third fastest time, but he would be outdone by Germany's Sebastian Stahl in the closing minutes.
Dave Newsham: "It was a terrific experience. I love the car, the handling is perfect. It's clearly much quicker than Clio Cup. It wasn't easy to raise the temperature of the tires, but I eventually managed and really made full use o f the new tyres. Next year I'm retiring from Clio Cup, so I'm trying to build up a programme for 2011 and Eurocup Megane Trophy looks like and interesting proposition."
Sebastian Stahl: "I haven't driven a racing car in two years. So I was really finding my feet without trying to overdo it. The car is great fun to drive. It's the first time I've driven a car with a clutch and gearshift on the steering wheel. I'm happy with my time. It's a very attractive class. There are no German drivers in Eurocup Megane Trophy, so it could make it very interesting for me to drive in the class. Just driving in World Series by Renault, it's perfect!"
Nicolas Metairie: "I've never driven such a powerful car. I was starting to get used to it by the end of the day, but it wasn't easy. In comparison to Clio Cup, the braking was the most complicated thing to get a handle on. I'm really happy with the tryout, I'm hoping to continue..."
Jose Miguel de los Milagros: "I didn't really have much luck. This morning I had a tyre disintegrate on me and this afternoon the car had a problem. I at least had the time to gauge the potential of Megane Trrophy. And I certainly got a feel for its performance. It's a shame I couldn't drive a bit more. I'm hoping that I'll get the chance to take part in another tryout, but with a little more success next time!"