WSbR Enjalberts second chance

Le Mans Collective testing

The drivers in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy began the Le Mans meeting with two hours of collective testing yesterday. In wet conditions, Dimitri Enjalbert (Tech 1 Racing) showed his superiority by setting the fastest times in both sessions. But Michaël Rossi (TDS), leader in the general standings, was not top be outdone.

The track was drenched at 12:30pm as the Mégane Trophy drivers went out for the first hour of collective testing. Despite conditions this season the like of which have never been seen, Michaël Rossi and Maxime Martin (Boutsen Energy Racing) wasted no time in taking the top positions. By halfway through the session, it was Jonathan Hirschi (Tech 1 Racing) who had taken the lead. With a lap time of 2'04»792, the Swiss driver had improved the time of the two favourites by 3/10ths.

Fifteen minutes from the end, Rossi reclaimed his advantage over Hirschi. Benefitting from a slightly drier racing line, Enjalbert attacked and set the fastest lap of the session in 2'03''751. Jean-Philippe Madonia (TDS) was the biggest surprise of the session, setting the third fastest lap ahead of Martin and Hirschi.

The rain had stopped by 4:15pm, as the drivers let loose for the second session. The track was still damp and the entire line-up opted for wet tyres. After 10 minutes, Harrie Kolen (Equipe Verschuur) crash out into the sand trap causing a short interruption to the session.

When it restarted, Dimitri Enjalbert easily beat the fastest lap from the first session. With a time of 2'01''505, the Frenchman was two seconds faster than his closest rival! As time passed, the other drivers improved and shortened the gap. But at the chequered flag, the Tech 1 Racing driver hammered the message home and set the time of the day in 2'00»580.

Continuing his steady progress, Bernhard Ten Brinke (Equipe Verschuur) set the third fastest time of the session to come within 1/10th of Rossi.

«We're missing a little something on a dry track, even if we have cut down the lead over the last few races. I knew that I was going to get a second chance in the wet. I had a great time behind the wheel and I hope that it's going to keep on raining this weekend!» explained Enjalbert. «If the wet weather is still there for qualifying, then the two poles are in reach. The performance is certainly there for the races, but a lot of unexpected things can happen.»

In second place, more than a second behind Enjalbert, Michaël Rossi clearly wasn't happy with his opening sessions. »I still haven't seen the weather reports for tomorrow, but if it rains, I think I'm going to struggle to take pole. In the dry, it's usually much tighter between Dimitri, Maxime and me. It's not a circuit that I know perfectly, least of all in the rain with different landmarks. Today's result is mixed, but I'm not too worried for the weekend ahead. It's just getting started.»

Pos Driver Team Time S1 Lap S1 Time S2 Lap S2 Time Gap First Gap Previous  1 Dimitri ENJALBERT Tech 1 Racing 1 2:03.751 9 2:00.580 25 2:00.580       2 Michaël ROSSI TDS 2:03.818 17 2:01.744 24 2:01.744 +1.164 +1.164   3 Bernhard TEN BRINKE Equipe Verschuur 1 2:05.186 20 2:01.844 24 2:01.844 +1.264 +0.100   4 Jonathan HIRSCHI Tech 1 Racing 2 2:04.678 20 2:02.341 23 2:02.341 +1.761 +0.497   5 Fabrice WALFISCH Oregon Team 1 2:06.481 14 2:02.402 18 2:02.402 +1.822 +0.061   6 Matthieu CHERUY Tech 1 Racing 1 2:05.771 22 2:03.056 22 2:03.056 +2.476 +0.654   7 Hoevert VOS Equipe Verschuur 2 2:07.027 19 2:03.419 26 2:03.419 +2.839 +0.363   8 Jean - Philippe MADONIA TDS 2:04.223 22 2:03.510 19 2:03.510 +2.930 +0.091   9 Andreas MAYERL Race Performance 2:06.256 17 2:03.578 24 2:03.578 +2.998 +0.068   10 Sébastien DHOUAILLY Team Lompech Sport 2:05.319 21 2:03.681 20 2:03.681 +3.101 +0.103   11 David DERMONT Boutsen Energy Racing 2:06.866 20 2:03.874 24 2:03.874 +3.294 +0.193   12 Pierre HIRSCHI Team Lompech Sport 2:09.230 20 2:03.982 26 2:03.982 +3.402 +0.108   13 Harrie KOLEN Equipe Verschuur 1 2:06.393 23 2:04.386 11 2:04.386 +3.806 +0.404   14 Maxime MARTIN Boutsen Energy Racing 2:04.435 20 2:04.394 10 2:04.394 +3.814 +0.008   15 Lorenzo BONTEMPELLI Oregon Team 1 2:05.533 16 2:05.198 9 2:05.198 +4.618 +0.804   16 Jean - Charles MIGINIAC Team Lompech Sport 2:12.190 23 2:06.416 24 2:06.416 +5.836 +1.218   17 Bernard DELHEZ Tech 1 Racing 2 2:10.507 18 2:06.743 20 2:06.743 +6.163 +0.327   18 Marguerite LAFFITE Boutsen Energy Racing 2:09.367 21 2:06.835 23 2:06.835 +6.255 +0.092   19 Angelo BAIGUERA Oregon Team 1 2:11.463 25 2:07.339 25 2:07.339 +6.759 +0.504   20 Wim BEELEN Equipe Verschuur 2 2:08.829 23 2:07.964 21 2:07.964 +7.384 +0.625   21 Rafael UNZURRUNZAGA Blue Jumeirah Team 2:18.591 18 2:11.205 24 2:11.205 +10.625 +3.241  


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