EU Megane: Series Silverstone qualifying report

Dimitri Enjalbert on a roll Boosted by his two wins in Hungary, Dimitri Enjalbert (Boutsen Energy Racing) underscored his excellent form today by grabbing both pole positions in Eurocup Megane Trophy on the Silverstone circuit. The Frenchman ...

Dimitri Enjalbert on a roll

Boosted by his two wins in Hungary, Dimitri Enjalbert (Boutsen Energy Racing) underscored his excellent form today by grabbing both pole positions in Eurocup Megane Trophy on the Silverstone circuit. The Frenchman finishes ahead of Mike Verschuur (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur) and Giorgio Pantano (Oregon Team). In Race 2 this weekend, the Italian driver steps aside for Jonathan Hirschi (TDS Racing), who takes 3rd position on the grid.

Jonathan Hirschi (TDS Racing) was first on the pace in Eurocup Megane Trophy qualifying today. The Swiss driver led from Dimitri Enjalbert after a first round of quick laps, but there was still lots of scope for improvement. Jean-Philippe Madonia (TDS Racing) and Fabrice Walfisch moved up to take turns on provisional pole.

Giorgio Pantano then upped the pace a notch at the mid-point. The 2008 GP2 Series champion lapped in 1'54''624 to go pole position, but Jonathan Hirschi immediately went faster. The two men clearly gave Dimitri Enjalbert an idea or two. With a lap clocked in a time of 1'53''883, the Frenchman shot to the top of the timing sheets. The positions were not slow to change. But Enjalbert held onto first place, ahead of Mike Verschuur, Giorgio Pantano, Jonathan Hirschi and Fabrice Walfisch.

After a period of incessant action, the positions started to stabilise. Drivers had to attend to putting in the fastest possible second best lap time, with the second best time for each driver setting the grid order for race 2. Here, it was Dimitri Enjalbert and Mike Verschuur who came out on top again and pocketed the same one-two grid order for the second race, while Jonathan Hirschi took third place on the race 2 grid.

There were no further changes before the chequered flag. Meanwhile, Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur) showed his form by ousting Fabrice Walfisch from fifth place. So Dimitri Enjalbert took his second and third poles of the season. After his two wins in Hungary, the Frenchman is clearly still on the pace. And once again, Jean-Philippe Madonia impressed in the Gentlemen Drivers category.

Quote, unquote:

Dimitri Enjalbert: "Everything went well. I had a feeling I could get one of the two quickest times because I was very close to Verschuur in collective testing yesterday. That confirms what I thought. I was two tenths quicker today. I hope I can keep those two tenths for the first five laps so I can open up a lead. With the two poles, I can't help thinking two wins, that would be really something!"

Giorgio Pantano: "I didn't get a good first lap with the new tires because of a yellow flag. If I'd been able to push for the complete lap, my time would have been better. Apart from that, I managed a good lap. The race is going to be difficult, but as always, I'll do my best to get a good result."

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Dimitri Enjalbert , Bernhard Ten Brinke , Jonathan Hirschi , Philippe Ma
Teams TDS Racing