EU Megane: Zolder qualifying notes

Petiz and Enjalbert carry on the good work Pedro Petiz and Dimitri Enjalbert will be in pole position for the Eurocup Megane Trophy races at Zolder. The Tech 1 Racing junior drivers showed that their excellent performances in collective testing...

Petiz and Enjalbert carry on the good work

Pedro Petiz and Dimitri Enjalbert will be in pole position for the Eurocup Megane Trophy races at Zolder. The Tech 1 Racing junior drivers showed that their excellent performances in collective testing were no fluke as they dominated qualifying. Only Mike Verschuur (Equipe Verschuur) was able to counter Tech 1's dominance, winning a spot on the front row for the second race.

The Eurocup qualifiers have a new format this season, with two twenty-minute sessions separated by a five-minute break. Two-driver teams are therefore at no disadvantage compared to solo drivers.

Only ten cars or so started the first session. The Verschuur team put on a strong showing, with the boss's son Mike Verschuur leading the way ahead of Bernhard Ten Brinke. Behind them, the Belgian teams again finished in a cluster. Vincent Vosse (Equipe Verschuur), Geoffroy Horion, Maxime Martin (Racing for Belgium) and Bas Leinders took the wheel for the first session.

Three minutes from the end of the first session, Vincent Vosse claimed the best time with 1'35''794. Michael Rossi (Racing for Belgium) was fourth behind the three Verschuur drivers. The session was interrupted just a few seconds before its scheduled finish when Wim Beelem crashed off into the gravel on the first bend.

When the action got going again, there was a full complement of drivers chasing pole position. Francois Duval and Gregory Franchi took over from Bas Leinders and Vincent Vosse, and big things were expected from the Tech 1 Racing boys, who took the three best times yesterday

Matthieu Lahaye, whose car was rebuilt overnight after he crashed off in collective testing, had to pull off the track after two laps at a leisurely speed.

Meanwhile, Pedro Petiz beat Vosse's fastest time with 1'35''192. Shortly after the halfway point, Francois Duval handed back to Bas Leinders, and Maxime Martin to Maxime Soulet.

With seven minutes to go till the chequered flag, Diego Romanini (Oregon Team) broke down at track side. The red flag was then brought out to halt the session and allow the stewards to get the two-time Austrian F3 champion's car out of the way.

At this point, Petiz still had the best time, ahead of Vosse/Franchi, Verschuur, Kuppens/Horion and Ten Brinke. For the second race, Mike Verschuur was set for pole position, ahead of Kuppens/Horion Ten Brinke, Vosse/Franchi and Petiz.

All the drivers then headed back out for a final run, including Lahaye. The 2006 Junior Champion managed to clock the tenth and fifteenth fastest times. But it was another Tech 1 driver who really came to the fore. Dimitri Enjalbert won a place on the front row for the first race, and pole position for the second! Mike Verschuur also did a good job, taking fourth and second positions. The second session, like the first, was interrupted just a few seconds before the end when Bernhard Ten Brinke crashed off into the gravel on the first bend. The Dutchman nevertheless managed to secure sixth and fourth positions on the grid for the two races.

-credit: renault

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