WSbR Martin handed both poles

Eurocup Mégane Trophy  - Silverstone - Qualifying

Penalized for failing to slow down when the yellow flags were brought out, Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing) and Michaël Rossi (TDS), have been stripped of the pole positions they were initially awarded, to the benefit of Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing) and Michaël Rossi (TDS).

The Belgian driver will now start from pole in both the weekend's races.

Michaël Rossi set his stall out from the start, clocking the first serious time of the session ahead of Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) and Matthieu Cheruy (Tech 1 Racing). Angelo Baiguera (Oregon Team) then ran into the gravel trap, precipitating a yellow flag that broke everyone's momentum.

Immediately after the restart, Michaël Rossi consolidated his first place with a time of 1'54''484. Behind the leader, positions were frequently changing hands. Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing) moved up into second place and Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur) third.

Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing) was the first man to dislodge Rossi from provisional pole position. But he barely had time to savour the moment, as first Matthieu Chéruy, then Maxime Martin surpassed his efforts. With eight minutes remaining, Maxime Martin was lying in pole position with a best time of 1'54''245, ahead of Matthieu Cheruy, Dimitri Enjalbert, Michaël Rossi and Sébastien Dhouailly (Team Lompech Sport).

Dimitri Enjalbert pushed hard again and reclaimed the lead. With a lap timed at 1'53''776 the Tech 1 Racing driver opened up a gap over Martin and Rossi. The latter set off for one last attempt, but couldn't oust Enjalbert from pole position. He did, however, boast the second fastest time of the session.

So Enjalbert achieved the fastest time of the session, ahead of Maxime Martin and Michaël Rossi, but after the race six drivers had their best times cancelled for failing to slow down when the yellow flags came out: Dimitri Enjalbert, Matthieu Cheruy, Bernard Delhez (Tech 1 Racing), Ralph Meichtry, Andreas Mayerl (Race Performance) and Michaël Rossi.

Maxime Martin therefore inherited pole position for both races. On the grid for race 1, he will line up in front of Michaël Rossi, Dimitri Enjalbert and Jonathan Hirschi, while the grid for the second race will be noticeably different, with Martin, Enjalbert and Dhouailly on the first two rows.

Maxime Martin: I was happy with my two second places, and obviously two poles is better! I'm satisfied with my performance, we've done some good work on the car with the team. Anything could happen in the races. The start will be interesting here. We've got high hopes!

POS NUMBER DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME GAP_FIRST KPH LAPS 

1 8 Maxime MARTIN Boutsen Energy Racing 6 1:54.166 - 162.1 9   2 12 Michaël ROSSI TDS 7 1:54.194 +0.028 162.0 9   3 1 Dimitri ENJALBERT Tech 1 Racing 1 9 1:54.317 +0.151 161.9 11   4 3 Jonathan HIRSCHI Tech 1 Racing 2 7 1:54.517 +0.351 161.6 8   5 15 Sébastien DHOUAILLY Team Lompech Sport 5 1:54.679 +0.513 161.4 9   6 2 Matthieu CHERUY Tech 1 Racing 1 6 1:54.890 +0.724 161.1 11   7 24 Fabrice WALFISCH Oregon Team 1 6 1:54.950 +0.784 161.0 11   8 7 Bernhard TEN BRINKE Equipe Verschuur 1 5 1:55.021 +0.855 160.9 10   9 10 Ralph MEICHTRY Race Performance 8 1:55.522 +1.356 160.2 9   10 14 Jean - Philippe MADONIA TDS 5 1:55.564 +1.398 160.1 10   11 9 David DERMONT Boutsen Energy Racing 5 1:55.681 +1.515 160.0 9   12 25 Giuseppe TERMINE Oregon Team 1 5 1:55.921 +1.755 159.6 10   13 20 Wim BEELEN Equipe Verschuur 2 8 1:56.108 +1.942 159.4 9   14 21 Hoevert VOS Equipe Verschuur 2 9 1:56.201 +2.035 159.2 10   15 11 Andreas MAYERL Race Performance 5 1:57.113 +2.947 158.0 10   16 4 Bernard DELHEZ Tech 1 Racing 2 10 1:58.498 +4.332 156.2 10   17 6 Harrie KOLEN Equipe Verschuur 1 7 1:59.268 +5.102 155.1 10   18 17 Pierre HIRSCHI Team Lompech Sport 5 2:00.148 +5.982 154.0 10   19 18 Rafael UNZURRUNZAGA Blue Jumeirah Team 10 2:02.182 +8.016 151.4 10   20 16 Jean - Charles MIGINIAC Team Lompech Sport 5 2:02.670 +8.504 150.8 10     73 Angelo BAIGUERA Oregon Team 1 0       1  

POS NUMBER DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP_FIRST GAP_PREVIOUS 

1 8 Maxime MARTIN Boutsen Energy Racing 1:54.245 - -   2 1 Dimitri ENJALBERT Tech 1 Racing 1 1:54.355 +0.110 +0.110   3 12 Michaël ROSSI TDS 1:54.396 +0.151 +0.041   4 15 Sébastien DHOUAILLY Team Lompech Sport 1:54.868 +0.623 +0.472   5 3 Jonathan HIRSCHI Tech 1 Racing 2 1:54.897 +0.652 +0.029   6 2 Matthieu CHERUY Tech 1 Racing 1 1:55.259 +1.014 +0.362   7 7 Bernhard TEN BRINKE Equipe Verschuur 1 1:55.339 +1.094 +0.080   8 24 Fabrice WALFISCH Oregon Team 1 1:55.351 +1.106 +0.012   9 10 Ralph MEICHTRY Race Performance 1:55.536 +1.291 +0.185   10 9 David DERMONT Boutsen Energy Racing 1:56.102 +1.857 +0.566   11 20 Wim BEELEN Equipe Verschuur 2 1:56.130 +1.885 +0.028   12 14 Jean - Philippe MADONIA TDS 1:56.140 +1.895 +0.010   13 21 Hoevert VOS Equipe Verschuur 2 1:56.388 +2.143 +0.248   14 25 Giuseppe TERMINE Oregon Team 1 1:56.658 +2.413 +0.270   15 11 Andreas MAYERL Race Performance 1:57.221 +2.976 +0.563   16 4 Bernard DELHEZ Tech 1 Racing 2 1:58.697 +4.452 +1.476   17 6 Harrie KOLEN Equipe Verschuur 1 1:59.291 +5.046 +0.594   18 17 Pierre HIRSCHI Team Lompech Sport 2:00.585 +6.340 +1.294   19 18 Rafael UNZURRUNZAGA Blue Jumeirah Team 2:02.472 +8.227 +1.887   20 16 Jean - Charles MIGINIAC Team Lompech Sport 2:02.752 +8.507 +0.280     73 Angelo BAIGUERA Oregon Team 1        


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