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Aitken quickest in opening session of Eurocup test at Le Mans

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Antonin Grenier / DPPI / Renault Sport Media

Photo: Antonin Grenier / DPPI / Renault Sport Media

Koiranen GP’s new recruit Jack Aitken kicked off the first pre-season Eurocup Formula Renault test at Le Mans by setting the quickest lap in the opening session.

While his new teammate Jake Hughes and Tech 1 returnee Anthoine Hubert led much of the proceedings, the damp track dried rapidly in the final hour, allowing the times to improve dramatically.

As such, Aitken seized control in his final minutes, with the ex-Fortec driver leading two of the team’s current racers – Ben Barnicoat and Martin Kodric.

Hughes ended up fourth ahead of Tech 1’s Simon Gachet and Anton De Pasquale, with the FR1.6 NEC champion making it three Koiranen cars in the top six.

French F4 graduates Valentin Hasse-Clot and Max Defourny were seventh and eighth respectively, just half a tenth apart. AVF’s Harrison Scott and ARTA’s Amaury Richard completed the top ten.

Session results
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1 Jack Aitken Koiranen GP 1:34.783
2 Ben Barnicoat Fortec Motorsports 1:35.449 0.666
3 Martin Kodric Fortec Motorsports 1:35.958 1.175
4 Jake Hughes Koiranen GP 1:35.968 1.185
5 Simon Gachet Tech 1 Racing 1:36.000 1.217
6 Anton De Pasquale Koiranen GP 1:36.146 1.363
7 Valentin Hasse-Clot Strakka Racing 1:36.676 1.893
8 Max Defourny Strakka Racing 1:36.730 1.947
9 Harrison Scott AVF 1:37.063 2.280
10 Amaury Richard ARTA Engineering 1:37.175 2.392
11 Mathias Kristensen JD Motorsport 1:37.715 2.932
12 Nikita Mazepin Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:38.012 3.229
13 Dennis Olsen Manor MP Motorsport 1:38.110 3.327
14 James Allen ARTA Engineering 1:38.612 3.829
15 Jayde Kruger Strakka Racing 1:38.650 3.867
16 Hugo de Sadeleer Tech 1 Racing 1:39.206 4.423
17 Henrique Chaves AVF 1:39.244 4.461
18 Anthoine Hubert Tech 1 Racing 1:46.969 12.186
19 Lasse Sorensen Manor MP Motorsport 1:51.906 17.123