Home Formula 3Formula Regional European Championship Belov edges Saucy to top first FREC Friday test at Spa

Belov edges Saucy to top first FREC Friday test at Spa

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: FRegional by Alpine

Michael Belov continued his impressive form from midweek pre-event testing to record the fastest time in Friday’s first session ahead of the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine round at a sunny Spa-Francorchamps.

Running resumed with five minutes remaining in the 50-minute session after a brief red flag caused by Alexandre Bardinon. Belov, in his second FREC outing for G4 Racing, was the only one of the front-runners to improve, moving up from fifth with his final lap of the session.

His time of 2m14.518s was enough to edge ahead of runaway championship leader Gregoire Saucy (ART Grand Prix) by just 0.021 seconds. Track limits again caused problems with both Belov and Saucy having times deleted.

Despite posting the fastest sector time in S3 on his last lap, Hadrien David was unable to improve on third place for R-ace GP.

Franco Colapinto (MP Motorsport) and Isack Hadjar (R-ace GP) were among those to head the times during the session but ultimately finished fourth and fifth.

Less than a second covered the top eleven runners over the seven-kilometre lap of the Ardennes circuit and the top six included drivers from five different teams.

During the five-week break since the last race at Zandvoort in June there have been several driver changes in the field.

Series debutants Ido Cohen (JD Motorsport) and Dexter Patterson (Monolite) finished the session in 17th and 20th places respectively.

Having replaced Thomas ten Brinke at ART, Patrik Pasma could only set 13th-fastest time despite being fifth in the pre-event test. His replacement at KIC Motorsport, Jasin Ferati, was slowest of those to set a time.

The second practice session gets underway at 14.55 local time. Both qualifying sessions and race one are scheduled for Saturday with the weather forecast indicating the likelihood of heavy rain.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Michael Belov G4 Racing 2m14.518s 15
2 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 2m14.539s +0.021s 14
3 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 2m14.789s +0.271s 15
4 Hadrien David R-ace GP 2m14.837s +0.319s 14
5 Zane Maloney R-ace GP 2m15.022s +0.504s 14
6 Isack Hadjar R-ace GP 2m15.107s +0.589s 14
7 William Alatalo Arden 2m15.238s +0.720s 13
8 Paul Aron Prema 2m15.241s +0.723s 13
9 David Vidales Prema 2m15.281s +0.763s 13
10 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix 2m15.425s +0.907s 15
11 Dino Beganovic Prema 2m15.564s +1.046s 13
12 Patrik Pasma ART Grand Prix 2m15.614s +1.096s 14
13 Alex Quinn Arden 2m15.644s +1.126s 13
14 Kas Haverkort MP Motorsport 2m15.861s +1.343s 14
15 Pietro Delli Guanti Monolite Racing 2m15.916s +1.398s 13
16 Oliver Goethe MP Motorsport 2m15.918s +1.400s 15
17 Ido Cohen JD Motorsport 2m16.125s +1.607s 13
18 Eduardo Barrichello JD Motorsport 2m16.202s +1.684s 13
19 Lorenzo Fluxa Van Amersfoort Racing 2m16.228s +1.710s 15
20 Dexter Patterson Monolite Racing 2m16.251s +1.733s 13
21 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing 2m16.304s +1.786s 12
22 Alexandre Bardinon Van Amersfoort Racing 2m16.333s +1.815s 12
23 Gabriel Bortoleto FA Racing by MP 2m16.487s +1.969s 14
24 Elias Seppanen KIC Motorsport 2m16.519s +2.001s 13
25 Andrea Rosso FA Racing by MP 2m16.522s +2.004s 14
26 Nicola Marinangeli Arden 2m16.541s +2.023s 13
27 Tommy Smith JD Motorsport 2m16.630s +2.112s 14
28 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 2m16.644s +2.126s 15
29 Nico Gohler KIC Motorsport 2m16.853s +2.335s 14
30 Emidio Pesce DR Formula 2m16.877s +2.359s 13
31 Lena Buhler R-ace GP 2m17.355s +2.837s 13
32 Jasin Ferati KIC Motorsport 2m18.444s +3.926s 15
33 Mari Boya Van Amersfoort Racing no time 3