EU Megane: Series Estoril race one report

Win puts Petiz one step closer to the title With his fourth race win of the season, Pedro Petiz (Tech 1 Racing) not only delighted the Portuguese crowd here today, but also moved one step closer to securing the championship title. Maxime Martin...

Win puts Petiz one step closer to the title

With his fourth race win of the season, Pedro Petiz (Tech 1 Racing) not only delighted the Portuguese crowd here today, but also moved one step closer to securing the championship title. Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing), who started from pole, finished third, while Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur) took second place, his best result in Eurocup Megane Trophy.

Maxime Martin got off to the best start and went into the first bend in the lead, closely followed by Pedro Petiz, who had quickly moved past Mike Verschuur. The first bend was the scene of a collision that forced Matthieu Lahaye (Tech 1 Racing) to abandon and cost Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) a good ten seconds.

At the end of lap 1, Martin and Petiz led from Sebastien Dhouailly (Tech 1 Racing) and Michael Rossi (Racing for Belgium). Rossi was then passed on lap 2 by Fabrice Walfisch (Team Lompech Sport), and soon found himself under pressure from Cesar Campanico (Equipe Verschuur).

On the following lap, Walfisch snatched third position from Dhouailly, who was subsequently overtaken by Rossi and Campanico. The rampant Walfisch stayed right on Petiz's tail and waited for his opportunity. It wasn't long in coming, and he soon moved up into second Meanwhile, Dhouailly dropped back a further two places, as Campanico and Enjalbert moved up the field.

After 13 minutes, Ralph Meichtry pulled into the pits, his race over On the next lap, Petiz, Campanico, Verschuur and Badey were the first drivers to refuel.

Meanwhile, Walfisch and Rossi gained ground on Martin, Walfisch eventually taking the lead at the start of lap 11. Rossi, in contrast, was unable to find a way past and opted to make his pit stop, Enjalbert inheriting third place. Enjalbert and Scheier filled up at the halfway point, allowing Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur) to move into the top three.

The leaders waited until laps 14 (Ten Brinke) and 15 (Walfisch, Martin and Petiz) to come into the pits. Once again, Tech 1 Racing's mechanics showed their superiority, enabling Petiz to take the lead, ahead of Ten Brinke, Martin, Enjalbert, Campanico, Walfisch, Verschuur, Rossi, Dhouailly and Scheier.

As Petiz moved inexorably towards his fourth race win of the season, a dose of drama was injected into the closing moments of the race by a battle between Enjalbert, Campanico, Walfisch and Verschuur. On the penultimate lap, Campanico delighted the crowd by taking fourth place from Enjalbert. Walfisch, meanwhile, lost ground and could only sit and watch with admiration as Verschuur launched repeated assaults on the Tech 1 driver, who ultimately held firm.

Right up to the final bend, Maxime Martin kept trying to get the better of Bernhard Ten Brinke. But the Dutchman clung on to his second place!

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-credit: wsbyrenault.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Cesar Campanico , Sebastien Dhouailly , Pedro Petiz , Maxime Martin , Matthieu Lahaye , Bernhard Ten Brinke , Ralph Meichtry , Michael Rossi