Full house for Stefano Comini
With two pole positions and two victories, despite jumping the start today, Stefano Comini (Oregon Team) got maximum points from this first leg of the season at Motorland Aragón and underlined his status as man to beat in Eurocup Mégane Trophy this year. Teammate Niccolo Nalio (Oregon Team) joined him on the second step of the podium, thus delivering the second one-two for Oregon Team. Dimitri Enjalbert (Team Lompech Sport) completed the top 3 of the day.
The start grid for the second race of the weekend was much the same as the first, with Stefano Comini in pole position ahead of Bas Schothorst (TDS Racing) and Niccolo Nalio. The Swiss driver was first on the gas when the lights went out. He immediately took command of the race, ahead of Bas Schothorst and Niccolo Nalio.
Bas Schothorst got himself into the ideal position in Motorland Aragon’s long straight and took advantage of the slim stream effect to pass Comini. At the end of lap one, Schothorst led from the two Oregon Team cars. In lap 2, Stefano Comini produced exactly the same manoeuvre to put himself back in the lead!
Stefano Comini, Bas Schothorst and Niccolo Nalio quickly pulled away from the rest of the pack. Further back, David Dermont (TDS Racing) led the chasing group, with Dimitri Enjalbert, Fabien Thuner (Boutsen Energy Racing) and Michele Faccin (Boutsen Energy Racing) in his mirrors. Niccolo Nalio made his move and succeeded in ousting Bas Schothorst from second place, when Stefano Comini was informed by the race director would get a ten second penalty after the race for jumping the start.
So not too many alternatives for Stefano Comini. The Swiss driver’s only solution was to build up a gap of more than ten seconds over the second placed car if he was to be credited with a win. As pit stop time approached, it was Dimitri Enjalbert’s turn to turn heads when he got past David Dermont in 4th place.
Niccolo Nalio was the first of the three leading cars to pit. Stefano Comini and Bas Schothorst waited a few more laps before making their mandatory pitstop. The positions remained the same. Stefano Comini led the race with a gap of more than eight seconds over Niccolo Nalio and nine seconds over Bas Schothorst. Dimitri Enjalbert and Fabien Thuner made up the top 5 at that point.
Bas Schothorst was penalized with a drive through penalty for speeding in the pits, gifting third to Dimitri Enjalbert. Up front, the win was up for grabs between Stefano Comini and Niccolo Nalio. Stefano Comini gave everything in the final laps to build a lead of more than ten seconds over his teammate. He crossed the finish line with a lead of precisely 10''188 seconds. Despite his penalty for the jump start, the Swiss driver took his second straight victory in Eurocup Mégane Trophy, for only 188 thousandths.
Stefano Comini: "It's a perfect weekend for me. Two wins, two pole positions and two one-two’s for Team Oregon, it's ideal. The race was not easy, I had to finish with a ten second lead. Niccolo didn’t make the task easy, that’s not the idea, and he deserves to win. The season will be long and difficult."
Niccolo Nalio: "I wasn’t far off getting my first victory in Eurocup Mégane Trophy today, but I lost too much time fighting it out with Bas Schothorst for second place. I'm confident it will come. I really want to win at Spa-Francorchamps!"
Dimitri Enjalbert: "I wasn’t expecting to be driving in Eurocup Mégane Trophy this weekend, Team Lompech Sport called me right at the last moment. So I am very pleased to offer them this podium finish today. I don’t know yet if I’ll be involved or not at Spa. We'll see ..."
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