Comini picks up where he left off in Eurocup Mégane Collective testing

Silverstone

Stefano Comini has won seven races out of eight so far this season, and has started every race on pole. But if his rivals thought he might take his foot off the pedal slightly after the summer break, then they might want to think again. The Oregon Team star was at his dominant best once again in collective testing for the Eurocup Megane Trophy, and he will no doubt be hoping for two more victories at Silverstone. Niccolo Nalio finished the day more than a second adrift from team-mate Comini, and along with Bas Schothorst (TDS Racing) and Grgory Guilvert (Team Lompech Sport), he will need to take risks if he is to have any hope of troubling the Swiss star.Swedish driver Richard Kressner (Equipe Verschuur) was making his debut in the Eurocup Megane Trophy today, as was 16-year-old Jelle Beelen (also Equipe Verschuur). The Dutch youngster will be racing against his father, Wim Beelen. Grgory Guilverts participation was in doubt for a short time, but the Frenchman is very much present at Silverstone a circuit he is particularly fond of and he will have high hopes for a successful weekendTDS Racings drivers dominated proceedings at the start of the session, with David Dermont and Bas Schothorst establishing themselves at the top of the time-sheet. Their reign not last for long, however, as Grgory Guilvert and the Oregon Team pair of Nalio and Comini all challenged for the lead. Comini wasted no time in taking control of first place, and he spent the majority of the session in front, ahead of team-mate Nalio.The competition behind the two Oregon Team drivers was nothing if not intense, with Michele Faccin (Boutsen Energy Racing) getting the better of Guilvert and Schothorst. Guilvert waited until the end of the session to really move into top gear, and he managed to squeeze in between Comini and Nalio. However, despite the Frenchmans best efforts, it was Comini who finished the morning session strongest with a lap of 2:08.736.Comini, the Eurocup Megane Trophys runaway leader, continued to push hard in the second collective testing session. The Swiss driver held the edge over Guilvert once again, before the Frenchman came off the track. Guilvert was forced to spend a few minutes in the pits while the damage was repaired, and he looked on as Schothorst and Fabien Thuner (Boutsen Energy Racing) took his place behind Comini.Behind Comini, the order continued to change right until the very end of the session. Guilvert moved back up into second, but his car ran out of fuel and came to a halt in the last few minutes of the session. With Guilvert going nowhere, Nalio and Schothorst took advantage and made a final push for the fastest time. Nalio eventually came away with the second-fastest time, making it a one-two for Oregon Team. Schothorst, meanwhile, finished the day in third place.What they said:

Grgory Guilvert: Im not very comfortable with my car. I went off the track because my rear brakes were too strong. The reactions are too sharp, the car isnt at its best and I cant give it everything because I dont feel confident enough. Stefano Comini, on the other hand, is giving it 200%. He holds back when he needs to, plays with the car and drives on the edge, whereas Im on the defensive.

Richard Kressner: After spending a few seasons in the Porsche Cup Scandinavia, I wanted to try some new circuits in different countries. So Im here at Silverstone to try my hand at the Eurocup Megane Trophy, with a view to competing next season. The Megane is great to drive and quite easy too. I really enjoyed it.

Jelle Beelen: I usually drive single-seaters, so its a great experience to be driving in the Eurocup Megane Trophy for the first time. The goal is to prepare for a British Formula Ford race that Im due to be part of in October. Its a good opportunity to get to know the circuit and drive against my dad, Wim Beelen. Ill also be aiming to improve my pace from session to session over the weekend.