Petiz and Tech 1 continue their progress The Tech 1 Racing Team has ended the first half of this year's Eurocup Megane Trophy by holding onto the lead of all three championship standings (drivers', juniors and teams'). Pedro...
Petiz and Tech 1 continue their progress
The Tech 1 Racing Team has ended the first half of this year's Eurocup Megane Trophy by holding onto the lead of all three championship standings (drivers', juniors and teams'). Pedro Petiz proved his mastery of the category by finishing on the podium twice last weekend, ensuring that nobody else took away more points from Hungary. He has now increased his advantage in the overall classification.
After Tech 1 Racing dominated the opening two rounds of the series, their opposition used the long gap between the Nurburgring and Hungaroring races to make up a large part of the ground they had lost. During official testing, Badey, Verschuur and Van Dam threw down the gauntlet by going quicker than the Tech 1 duo of Petiz and Enjalbert.
Once more, Pedro Petiz demonstrated remarkable consistency during qualifying. With a fourth followed by a third place on the grid for the two races, the Portuguese driver found himself just behind the leaders. Dimitri Enjalbert, by contrast, had to settle for ninth and eighth places. Matthieu Lahaye was in 12th and 11th, while Sebastien Dhouailly had to settle for a pair of 17th places.
Nonetheless, qualifying tells only half the story in a race that lasts for 40 laps, including an obligatory pit stop. On Saturday, the start of the first race took place in front of a capacity crowd. Knowing that victory was out of his reach, due to Rossi's untouchable pace, Petiz concentrated on scoring the maximum number of points. He made his pit stop in the first few laps, and then maintained an excellent rhythm to hold off Verschuur all the way to the podium. Enjalbert unfortunately broke his engine, registering his first retirement of the year. Lahaye claimed sixth place, while Dhouailly finished outside the top 10 after losing nearly a minute in the pits.
Sweltering temperatures of 37 degrees Celsius failed to discourage the crowd the following day either, who were as enthusiastic as ever -- more than 117,000 of them had made the journey to the Hungaroring! Once more, Pedro Petiz avoided all the circuit's notorious pitfalls to claim a sixth podium in an equal number of races. After the disappointment of the previous day, Dimitri Enjalbert scored some precious points by finishing fifth. With Matthieu Lahaye and Sebastien Dhouailly in ninth and 10th places, Tech 1 Racing finished with all four cars in the points for the third time this season!
By taking away 20 points from the weekend -- equaled only by Fabrice Walfisch -- Pedro Petiz confirmed his increasing form. Tech 1 Racing boss Simon Abadie said: " He is driving like a champion. We weren't the strongest package here this weekend -- but he still knew how to get good results. It's through strength in adversity that you win championships. Dimitri also did a good job, but the engine failure on Saturday made life difficult for him. I'm disappointed for Matthieu, who was only ever able to fight for the runner-up positions: this is not his usual form. As for Sebastien, he has continued his consistent season and is in regular contention for the points. We must continue to work hard, as we have seen this weekend that the other teams are determined to catch us. We have to aim for perfection if we want to keep the top two places in all three championships. "
The next round of the Eurocup Megane Trophy will take place in Donington (Great Britain) from September 8-9.