Mégane Trophy hopefuls ready for Aragón
The list of hopefuls for the title of Eurocup Mégane Trophy champion is a long one.
TDS Racing’s Bas Schothorst, Oregon Team’s Stefano Comini and Niccolo Nalio, and Boutsen Energy Racing’s Fabien Thuner all have one objective, namely that of being named as the successor to Nick Catsburg.
However, the arrival of three new teams and nine new drivers could upset the hierarchy in the class, and the 21 drivers competing at Motorland Aragón will all be keen to make a name for themselves at the season premiere.
The 2010 season belonged to TDS Racing, with Nick Catsburg victorious in the Drivers championship and Jean-Philippe Madonia crowned champion in the Gentlemen Drivers class. Added to this was the overall success in the Teams championship.
Rewarded with a Nissan GT-R tryout courtesy of Renault Sport Technologies and Nismo, Catsburg has since graduated to GT1 World Championship. In a bid to hold on to its titles, Xavier Combet’s team has put its money on a new lead driver, Bas Schothorst, winner of the 2010 Eurocup.
Following a conclusive performance in collective testing last winter, the Netherlander starts his season with the sole objective, at least in the first instance, of a first Eurocup Mégane Trophy victory. Meanwhile, the two other TDS Racing drivers, David Dermont and Jeroen Schothorst, will both have their eyes on the Gentlemen Drivers title.
To make life hard for TDS Racing and Schothorst, Oregon Team are counting on Stefano Comini and Niccolo Nalio, two of the movers and shakers from the 2010 season. Both drivers learned a great deal in their first year of Eurocup Mégane Trophy.
Third overall last year with three wins and four pole positions, Switzerland’s Comini has made no secret of his intentions.
Boutsen Energy Racing will also have a few words to say on the matter. Having already competed in one season of Eurocup Mégane Trophy and finishing fourth in the 2009 Swiss Formula Renault 2.0, 22-year old Fabien Thuner seems ready to join the big boys.
Meanwhile, in his first year of saloon car racing, following a career in Formula 3 and Formula Renault 2.0, 21-year old Michele Faccin will be there to learn the ropes. The Italian has already proved in collective testing how fast he can be, and he surely won’t lose time in joining the action.
The team’s third car will be driven by something of a wild-card in the shape of 2010 Italian Formula Renault 2.0 runner-up, Brixia Horse Power’s Andrea Ceccherello.