A perfect weekend! Matthieu Lahaye enjoyed a dream weekend at the Donington Park circuit in Great Britain. By winning both races, the Tech 1 Racing driver has shot up to second place overall in the drivers' ...
A perfect weekend!
Matthieu Lahaye enjoyed a dream weekend at the Donington Park circuit in Great Britain. By winning both races, the Tech 1 Racing driver has shot up to second place overall in the drivers' championship. Thanks also to a podium finish from Bruce Lorgere-Roux in the first race, the Toulouse-based team has claimed the lead of the constructors' championship as well.
After an excellent weekend at the Nurburgring, the Tech 1 Racing team had only one objective for this lastest round of the Eurocup Megane Trophy: doing it again ! In free practice, Matthieu Lahaye established himself once more as Jaap Van Lagen's key challenger. The Dutch driver set fastest time of the day, but both Matthew and Bruce knew that they had a car capable of taking pole position.
In qualifying, Matthieu was on dominant form to set the two fastest times of the session. Unfortunately Bruce was unable to string together two clean laps without traffic, so had to settle for two sixth places.
Saturday afternoon's race got underway in front of 35,000 spectators. Despite only making an average getaway, Matthew soon established a car-length's lead over a battle between Van Lagen, Dayraut and Lorgere-Roux -- who had already made up two places at the start.
Their breathtaking battle captivated the crowd for much of the race, with Bruce finally getting the upper hand over his two rivals in order to claim second place at the finish! His performance sealed a spectacular one-two for the Tech 1 Racing team, which collected a maximum haul of points towards all three championships.
On Sunday afternoon, no fewer than 56,000 fans clambered onto the extensive grass banks around the Donington circuit to watch race two. Dayraut jumped the start slightly, but Matthieu held onto the lead into the first corner. Bruce did not complete the first lap after an off-track excursion caused his first retirement in six races.
Following a safety car period shortly after the start, the real action got underway again on lap four. With Dayraut penalised for his jump-start, Matthieu found himself in the thick of a close battle with Jaap Van Lagen. The two drivers put on what was one of the best shows of the weekend. Their Meganes raced door-to-door through several corners without touching, thanks to the skill and sportsmanship of both competitors.
Van Lagen took the lead three laps from the end, but Matthieu was able to steal it back after the championship leader made a small mistake. The Frenchman went on to claim his second win of the weekend.
It was an extremely positive race meeting for the entire team. Matthieu is now a step closer to the Junior title. He currently lies second in the overall championship, and hopes to overtake Van Lagen at the next round -- which is held at home in Le Mans. Tech 1 Racing also now has a firm grip on the constructors' championship.
Team boss Simon Abadie commented: " For two race meetings now, we have been in front. My dream is for us to win the last four races. Matthieu has had a perfect weekend. The only cloud on our horizon was Bruce's early exit in race two, but these things just happen sometimes-- "