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Billy Monger tops first EF Open free practice session at Barcelona

by Ida Wood

Photo: Fotospeedy

Carlin’s Billy Monger set the pace in the first Euroformula Open free practice session at Barcelona, which was twice interrupted by red flags.

Monger, Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist and Teo Martin Motorsport’s Lukas Dunner traded first place through the session, with Monger’s best effort coming shortly before the second red flag period that ended on-track running early.

The first red flag was caused by Drivex School’s Rui Andrade looping his car in the middle sector of the lap and having to have it towed back to the pits, while the second was a result of Fortec Motorsports’ Manuel Maldonado hitting a wall and stopping on track with just a few minuted of the session to go.

Dunner was set to return to track for his final run when the second red flag incident occurred, leaving him in third place, 0.226 seconds back from the closely matched Monger and Lundqvist.

Monger revealed after the session that he had been having trouble with his neck muscles in the pre-event test at the circuit.

Nicolai Kjaergaard and championship debutant Ido Cohen completed the top five for Carlin, ahead of Red Bull juniors Liam Lawson and Yuki Tsunoda who were the best of the Motopark drivers. Championship leader Marino Sato was down in ninth, 0.873s off the pace.


Free Practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Billy Monger Carlin 1m36.626s
2 Linus Lundqvist Double R Racing +0.089s
3 Lukas Dunner Teo Martin Motorsport +0.226s
4 Nicolai Kjaergaard Carlin +0.293s
5 Ido Cohen Carlin +0.574s
6 Liam Lawson Motopark +0.645s
7 Yuki Tsunoda Motopark +0.723s
8 Christian Hahn Carlin +0.866s
9 Marino Sato Motopark +0.873s
10 Calan Williams Fortec Motorsports +0.886s
11 Teppei Natori Carlin +0.970s
12 Jack Doohan Double R Racing +1.088s
13 Niklas Krutten Motopark +1.139s
14 Manuel Maldonado Fortec Motorsports +1.432s
15 Cameron Das Motopark +1.525s
16 Rui Andrade Drivex School +1.892s