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Alps title chaser Aitken sets practice pace ahead of Jerez decider

by Peter Allen
Jack Aitken

Photo: Roberto Piccinini

Formula Renault 2.0 Alps title chaser Jack Aitken posted the best time in practice ahead of the deciding round at Jerez.

Aitken comes into the weekend – staged three months on from the penultimate round at Misano – with a 12-point deficit to fellow Briton and Koiranen team-mate Jake Hughes.

Aitken led the morning session with a time of 1m40.571s, 0.023 seconds quicker than Matevos Isaakyan, who is a further 11 points off Hughes.

With Jerez also hosting the final round of the Eurocup season next weekend, a number of drivers are present as wildcards this weekend in preparation.

Those include Eurocup title contenders Ben Barnicoat and Anthoine Hubert, who were third and fifth fastest respectively in the opening session, split by another guest Martin Kodric.

All three are making their third and final permitted Alps appearances of the season and first since Pau in May when Hubert won twice.

Hughes was sixth ahead of the remaining two Alps title contenders, Thiago Vivacqua and Stefan Riener.

The latter is in his first Alps meeting since switching from Koiranen to Fortec, having taken in the past two NEC rounds with the British squad.

The top 10 was completed by Matteo Ferrer and Amaury Richard.

Barnicoat was quickest during the afternoon, but nine tenths down on Aitken’s morning time.

Hubert was 0.181s slower in second with Isaakyan third ahead of fellow Russian Vasily Romanov.

Richard was fifth in front of Kodric and Riener, with Hughes eighth and Aitken 11th.

Novelties for the final round include NEC rookie champion Max Defourny making his second Alps appearance with Koiranen and first since Pau.

Nikita Troitskiy has taken the place of fellow SMP protege Denis Bulatov at GSK Grand Prix after the latter?s successful switch to NEC squad AVF.

Troitskiy entered the past two Eurocup rounds alongside Isaakyan and Vivacqua at JD Motorsport but that seat is occupied by another SMP driver Alexey Korneev, who debuted at the last Alps round at Misano.

Also making an Alps debut with GSK is Riccardo Cazzaniga ? the younger brother of GSK regular Daniele Cazzaniga ? who sits second in the VdeV Single-Seater Challenge with the team.

Combined practice results
Pos Driver Team Session 1 Session 2
1 Jack Aitken Koiranen GP 1:40.571 1:42.501
2 Matevos Isaakyan JD Motorsport 1:40.594 1:41.647
3 Ben Barnicoat Fortec Motorsports 1:40.734 1:41.457
4 Martin Kodric Fortec Motorsports 1:40.862 1:41.887
5 Anthoine Hubert Tech 1 Racing 1:40.975 1:41.638
6 Jake Hughes Koiranen GP 1:40.997 1:42.234
7 Thiago Vivacqua JD Motorsport 1:41.172 1:42.679
8 Stefan Riener Koiranen GP 1:41.408 1:41.917
9 Matteo Ferrer Cram Motorsport 1:41.486 1:42.504
10 Amaury Richard ARTA Engineering 1:41.562 1:41.826
11 James Allen ARTA Engineering 1:41.701 1:42.672
12 Vasiliy Romanov Cram Motorsport 1:42.139 1:41.766
13 Bruno Baptista Koiranen GP 1:41.799 1:43.640
14 Simon Gachet Tech 1 Racing 1:41.823 1:42.382
15 Nikita Troitskiy GSK Grand Prix 1:41.911 1:43.275
16 Max Defourny Koiranen GP 1:42.019 1:43.539
17 Hugo de Sadeleer Tech 1 Racing 1:42.158 1:42.440
18 Danylo Pronenko BVM Racing 1:42.272 1:43.335
19 Daniele Cazzaniga GSK Grand Prix 1:42.351 1:42.757
20 Jehan Daruvala Fortec Motorsports 1:44.054 1:42.665
21 Alexey Korneev JD Motorsport 1:42.687 1:42.738
22 TJ Fischer Cram Motorsport 1:43.370 1:42.818
23 Riccardo Cazzaniga GSK Grand Prix 1:43.161 1:42.842