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Arden sets the pace in FREC testing at the Red Bull Ring

by Ida Wood

Photo: FRECA

Arden’s improved Formula Regional European Championship pace continued into pre-event testing at the Red Bull Ring as its drivers topped the times.

Joshua Duerksen and Eduardo Barrichello were the fastest duo in the three-hour long morning session on Thursday, being split by just 0.057 seconds and with an advantage of 0.178s over Prema pair Paul Aron and Dino Beganovic.

ART Grand Prix’s Gabriele Mini was the early pacesetter in the first session, but Duerksen was never far from first place.

MP Motorsport’s Sami Meguetounif briefly went fastest but was one of many drivers to have laptimes deleted due to track limits violations, and his lost lap put Aron on top before the first red flag interruption of the day.

R-ace GP’s Hadrien David was the driver to beat once track action resumed, staying on top for 30 minutes before MP’s Dilano van’t Hoff went to the head of the order.

Wet weather meant there was several stoppages, the next caused by Monolite Racing’s Nicola Marinangeli coming to a stop at Turn 7, and by which point Duerksen was in first place on the timesheet. He improved on his best lap several times but had a few deleted over track limits, but it didn’t stop him ending the session on top.

David and van’t Hoff were shuffled down to fifth and sixth by the end, ahead of Noel Leon, the third of Arden’s drivers.

The top 24, completed by Van Amersfoort Racing’s Joshua Dufek, were all within a second of the pace in the morning and it was Dufek who sat on top early on in the shorter one-hour afternoon session as the wet weather persisted.

During the drier periods there was big gains in pace, with Mini, David and Prema’s Sebastian Montoya all spending time in first place before the very last laps came in and Aron went to the top, albeit over two seconds slower than what was set in the morning.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Joshua Duerksen Arden 1m26.904s 72
2 Eduardo Barrichello Arden 1m26.961s +0.057s 77
3 Paul Aron Prema 1m27.082s +0.178s 77
4 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m27.085s +0.181s 76
5 Hadrien David R-ace GP 1m27.119s +0.215s 78
6 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 1m27.169s +0.265s 65
7 Noel Leon Arden 1m27.286s +0.382s 77
8 Roman Bilinski Trident 1m27.298s +0.394s 73
9 Pierre-Louis Chovet R-P-M 1m27.309s +0.405s 61
10 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix 1m27.332s +0.428s 79
11 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m27.336s +0.432s 81
12 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport 1m27.417s +0.513s 69
13 Tim Tramnitz Trident 1m27.447s +0.543s 75
14 Gabriel Bortoleto R-ace GP 1m27.454s +0.550s 75
15 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m27.494s +0.590s 75
16 Esteban Masson ART Grand Prix 1m27.645s +0.741s 79
17 Mari Boya MP Motorsprt 1m27.675s +0.771s 58
18 Pietro Armanni Monolite Racing 1m27.684s +0.780s 74
Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing 1m27.716s +0.812s 67
20 Matias Zagazeta G4 Racing 1m27.730s +0.826s 87
21 Maceo Capietto Monolite Racing 1m27.742s +0.838s 81
22 Owen Tangavelou R-P-M 1m27.796s +0.892s 69
23 Francesco Braschi FA Racing by MP 1m27.819s +0.915s 75
24 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing 1m27.837s +0.933s 62
25 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m27.930s +1.026s 74
26 Lorenzo Fluxa R-ace GP 1m27.948s +1.044s 73
27 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema 1m28.112s +1.208s 78
28 Nicola Marinangeli Monolite Racing 1m28.230s +1.326s 47
29 Levente Revesz Van Amersfoort Racing 1m28.272s +1.368s 79
30 Nicolas Baptiste FA Racing by MP 1m28.315s +1.411s 79
31 Santiago Ramos KIC Motorsport 1m28.374s +1.470s 70
32 Sebastian Ogaard KIC Motorsport 1m28.442s +1.538s 65
33 Victor Bernier FA Racing by MP 1m28.586s +1.682s 32
34 Piotr Wisnicki KIC Motorsport 1m28.764s +1.860s 55
35 Tereza Babickova G4 Racing 1m28.920s +2.016s 64
36 Gillian Henrion G4 Racing 1m30.928s +4.034s 42