Eurocup Mégane Trophy

Michaël Rossi (TDS) continued his love affair with the Hungaroring today, clocking the fastest time in both sessions of collective testing. Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing) took the second-fastest time, with Sébastien Dhouailly (Team Lompech Sport) in third.

The Eurocup Mégane Trophy competitors took to the track today for two hours of collective testing. Michaël Rossi (TDS) quickly got the measure of his opponents. He led from the start and improved his time lap on lap. The young Frenchman whose first race win in motorsport came on this circuit would appear to be in with a fine chance of victory this weekend.

Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Vershuur) and Matthieu Cheruy (Tech 1 Racing) were the first to challenge Rossi. But as the halfway mark approached and Rossi again improved his time (to 1'52''538), Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing) and Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing) cranked things up a notch.

When the session was brought to a halt for a few minutes after Hoevert Vos (Equipe Verschuur) crashed off, Rossi was still leading from Martin, Enjalbert and Ten Brinke.

With the drivers opting for long runs in preparation for the weekend's races, there seemed little prospect of a change in the standings. But at the end of the session, just after a second interruption caused by Secondo Gallia (Oregon Team), Ralph Meichtry (Race Performance) sneaked into third place between Martin and Enjalbert.

Meichtry led for much of the second session. But on fresh tyres, Michaël Rossi came back strongly, substantially improving on his performance from this morning with a lap timed at 1'51''756. He would be the only driver to go under the 1'52 mark.

Maxime Martin was second, half a second slower than the leader. There was a battle for third between Bernhard Ten Brinke, Ralph Meichtry and Sébastien Dhouailly. In the end, it was Dhouailly who came out on top. In the closing laps, Jonathan Hirschi (Tech 1 Racing) snatched fourth place.

Michaël Rossi: "I love this circuit and so far I've always done well here. The car was perfect right from the start. The TDS team already had a great car here last year, when they set the lap record with Ludovic Badey. I have to carry on this good work in qualifying and in the races. I know that the gaps between the drivers won't be as big as they were today."

Maxime Martin: "We're working hard we need to change the setup and I know I can go faster on some parts of the circuit. We won't be placing too much importance on today's performance we're going to make up the gap."

Pos Driver Team Time S1 Lap S1 Time S2 Lap S2 Time Gap First Gap Previous  1 Michaël ROSSI TDS 1:52.176 23 1:50.748 22 1:50.748       2 Maxime MARTIN Boutsen Energy Racing 1:52.805 16 1:51.427 19 1:51.427 +0.679 +0.679   3 Sébastien DHOUAILLY Team Lompech Sport 1:54.379 13 1:52.109 20 1:52.109 +1.361 +0.682   4 Jonathan HIRSCHI Tech 1 Racing 2 1:54.022 12 1:52.437 23 1:52.437 +1.689 +0.328   5 Ralph MEICHTRY Race Performance 1:52.842 23 1:52.509 19 1:52.509 +1.761 +0.072   6 Bernhard TEN BRINKE Equipe Verschuur 1 1:53.625 15 1:52.532 15 1:52.532 +1.784 +0.023   7 Dimitri ENJALBERT Tech 1 Racing 1 1:53.286 17 1:52.634 17 1:52.634 +1.886 +0.102   8 Matthieu CHERUY Tech 1 Racing 1 1:53.502 18 1:52.747 25 1:52.747 +1.999 +0.113   9 Fabrice WALFISCH Oregon Team 1 1:53.974 16 1:53.010 14 1:53.010 +2.262 +0.263   10 Jean - Philippe MADONIA TDS   0 1:53.054 21 1:53.054 +2.306 +0.044   11 Wim BEELEN Equipe Verschuur 2 1:54.813 20 1:53.866 15 1:53.866 +3.118 +0.812   12 David DERMONT Boutsen Energy Racing 1:55.889 9 1:53.931 21 1:53.931 +3.183 +0.065   13 Hoevert VOS Equipe Verschuur 2 1:55.552 11 1:54.177 22 1:54.177 +3.429 +0.246   14 Andreas MAYERL Race Performance 1:55.327 17 1:54.345 15 1:54.345 +3.597 +0.168   15 Bernard DELHEZ Tech 1 Racing 2 1:55.803 19 1:54.564 24 1:54.564 +3.816 +0.219   16 Harrie KOLEN Equipe Verschuur 1 1:55.667 12 1:54.690 10 1:54.690 +3.942 +0.126   17 Pierre HIRSCHI Team Lompech Sport 1:55.922 18 1:55.081 13 1:55.081 +4.333 +0.391   18 Secondo GALLIA Oregon Team 1 1:57.591 12 1:55.814 14 1:55.814 +5.066 +0.733   19 Angelo BAIGUERA Oregon Team 1 1:58.699 19 1:56.308 10 1:56.308 +5.560 +0.494   20 Jean - Charles MIGINIAC Team Lompech Sport 2:00.277 7 1:56.799 25 1:56.799 +6.051 +0.491   21 Rafael UNZURRUNZAGA Blue Jumeirah Team 2:10.435 10 1:58.147 17 1:58.147 +7.399 +1.348