Megane Trophy - Verschuur bounces back at Moscow Raceway

Mike Verschuur (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur) ran a perfect strategy to secure victory in race two at Moscow Raceway.

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Megane Trophy - Verschuur bounces back at Moscow Raceway
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2013 Moscow Mégane Trophy Verschuur

The Dutchman took advantage of a safety car intervention to finish ahead of Mirko Bortolotti (Oregon Team) and Kelvin Snoeks (Oregon Team).

For the fifth time in six outings this season, Bortolotti started the race on pole. His fastest qualifying lap of 1:38.01 was enough to secure his place at the front of the grid, ahead of Verschuur and Schothorst (Las Moras by Equipe Verschuur).

"We had problems yesterday, which caused us to lose a lot of points," Verschuur said. "Luckily the car stayed as competitive as it could be. I hadn't seen the accident, so my engineer and I made the right choice by stopping. The victory tastes sweet after yesterday."

When the lights went out, Bortolotti made a clean start and held his lead from Verschuur. Behind the front pair, Pieter Schothorst and Erik Janis (Gravity Charouz) collided, forcing the former to retire.

On lap four, the safety car was called into action to allow Max Braams's (Las Moras by Equipe Verschuur) car to be removed, after he became stuck on the pit straight.

The safety car intervention worked out perfectly for the drivers refuelling at the time, particularly Verschuur, who was able to regain the race lead ahead of Snoeks and Steven Palette (Team Lompech Sport).

Bortolotti made his stop a lap later, while in seventh place. At the restart at the end of lap eight, championship leader Bortolotti lit up the field with a series of overtaking manoeuvres, while the Oregon Team pair of Kevin Gilardoni and Vladimir Lunkin collided on lap nine.

Verschuur held his nerve and eventually took the chequered flag ahead of Bortolotti and Snoeks.

Janis finished fourth, ahead of Palette and the best-placed Gentleman Driver, Jeroen Schothorst (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur).

Jean-Charles Miginiac (Team Lompech Sport), Michela Cerruti (Oregon Team), Toni Forné (Gravity Charouz) and Roman Golikov (Oregon Team) also finished in the points after a race full of overtaking.

"We'll have to content ourselves with today's result. We didn't make the right decision. These things can happen sometimes," Bortolotti said.

Snoeks said : "I was happy to finish third yesterday, so I'm even happier today! It's a great result in terms of the championship. My pace was really good and I tried hard to keep up with Mike after the restart. Unfortunately, my lap times suffered after the flat spot I got from braking."

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