Eurocup Mégane Trophy - Bilbao - Qualifying
Lone pole for Heylen
Leader of the Eurocup since the start of the season, Jan Heylen took pole position in the only qualifying session held today. The Racing for Belgium driver will be joined on the front row by fellow countryman Renaud Kuppens (Thierry Boutsen Racing).
The Mégane Trophy cars only took to the track for one qualifying session, instead of the two that had been initially planned. Repeated driving over the kerbs was weakening elements of the cars' suspension. This led to the organizers deciding to take the precautionary measure of cancelling the second qualifying session.
The first series rapidly turned into a duel between Renaud Kuppens (Thierry Boutsen Racing) and Angel Burgueño (Team Elias), pursued by Simon Abadie (Tech 1 Racing), Ludovic Badey (Pouchelon Racing) and Jean-Christophe Ravier (Epsilon Euskadi). Kuppens and Burgueño improved their times just as the chequered flag brought the first series to an end. The Belgian driver managed to keep his advantage over the Spaniard with a lap of 2'07''719, a good second better than the fastest time set in free practice by Jan Heylen. Badey, Ravier and Renaud Derlot (TP Compétition) made up the rest of the top 5.
In the second series, Jan Heylen laid down the gauntlet on his first flying lap. With a lap of 2'06''348, the Belgian driver destroyed' Kuppens' time. Whilst Jeffrey Van Hooydonk (Thierry Boutsen Racing) span off, the car of Andreas Mayerl (Senn Motorsport) broke down on the circuit. Heylen then slightly improved on his best time, but he was already out of reach of the Oregon Team drivers, Pedro Petiz and Nicola Gianniberti. Mike Parisy, who fell in love with motorsport on Pau's street circuit, slipped into second position two minutes from the end of the session.
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