Tech 1 Racing wins the Eurocup Megane Trophy for the third year running Tech 1 Racing won the Eurocup Megane Trophy Teams title on the Barcelona circuit in front of 70 000 spectators thanks to Dimitri Enjalbert's double in the final World Series...
Tech 1 Racing wins the Eurocup Megane Trophy for the third year running
Tech 1 Racing won the Eurocup Megane Trophy Teams title on the Barcelona circuit in front of 70 000 spectators thanks to Dimitri Enjalbert's double in the final World Series by Renault meeting. It was another brilliant success for the Toulouse-based team, which has had a top-notch 2008 season.
Matthieu Lahaye joined Tech 1 Racing for the final round of the year. Matthieu was second in the 2006 Eurocup Megane Trophy winning the Junior category and finished seventh overall in 2007. He particularly wanted to drive in the final round of the current Megane Trophy on a circuit he likes very much, so Simon Abadie's squad entered 5 cars for the Barcelona meeting!
Dimitri Enjalbert put down a marker straight away by setting the fastest time in the first practice session. In the afternoon, the Tech Racing no.1 finished third, 1/10s off the best time. The team did a good job in the free session and on Saturday morning Enjalbert had a perfect qualifying session on a damp track due to morning rain. He was already certain to be in the Eurocup first three and set two pole positions.
He got the drop on his rivals when the lights went out at the start of the first race. He refuelled on lap 10 and got back in front thirteenth time round, winning the race by more than 10 seconds from Michael Rossi, who took the drivers' title. There were 4 Tech 1 Racing Meganes in the first 6: Swiss Jonathan Hirschi finished third, Matthieu Lahaye on his return to the Eurocup, saw the flag in fourth place and Matthieu Cheruy came home sixth. Bernard Delhez finished second in the Gentlemen Drivers' Classification and also scored a point in the overall one.
Although the final race of the season was a more hotly-contested affair Enjalbert won again. He made a good start but Maxime Martin nipped past him on lap 2. They pitted 8 laps later. Enjalbert made a lightning stop helped by his team's slick pitwork, and emerged in front of his Belgian rival but behind Rossi who had come in early on. After 3 laps the Tech 1 Racing driver found the opening and passed Rossi to take the lead on lap 15 when all the refuelling stops were over. The car bearing the number 1 managed to open up a small gap to give Enjalbert a more comfortable end to the race and his third victory of the season.
It was the same story as on Saturday with 4 Tech 1 Racing Meganes in the first 6: Enjalbert the winner, Cheruy fourth, Hirschi fifth and Layahe sixth. Bernard Delhez was harpooned by another car and retired, which cost him second place in the overall Gentleman Drivers' Classification.
Tech 1 Racing won the teams' title for the third year running thanks to 3 rostrum finishes plus 2 victories in the last meeting of the season.
"It's been a difficult year in the Megane Trophy," was how Simon Abadie analysed the situation. "We've had the most consistent drivers in terms of performance, and on paper we should have won the teams' title more easily. We had too many problems at the start of the season, but we made a great comeback towards the end of the championship."
Before the final round the teams' title was far from being in the bag. "Our hopes of winning the teams' championship resided in a perfect weekend," continued Simon. "We did it! Our drivers were exceptional and we were unbeatable in Barcelona. The team was ready and we were all determined to go flat out for victory."
"We're absolutely delighted with winning this title. The guys led by Simon Bayle and Florent Meilhaud have all done a fantastic job in the Megane Trophy. Simon's leaving us at the end of the season. Winning this title was the least we could do for him. I'd like to thank the whole team for their commitment. The energy these guys give me to keep moving forward is really incredible: I owe them everything! I'd like to thank the whole team again and Simon and Bastien in particular who've stayed with us when the going was tough, and who've now chosen to move on to other things. My thanks to them, to everybody. In fact, Tech 1 Racing's strength lies in its people!"
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