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Camara sets the pace again in FRegional Europe testing at Monza

by Ida Wood

Photo: FRECA

Rafael Camara continued his impressive pre-season Formula Regional European Championship form by topping testing at Monza.

The Prema driver – who was fastest at Paul Ricard last month – topped three of the four sessions held over Tuesday and Wednesday, and set his fastest lap in the final session.

R-ace GP’s Martinius Stenshorne led the way at first on Tuesday morning, setting an early 1m47.981s benchmark.

Less than half of the 31-car field had set a flying lap after 40 minutes of the three-and-a-half hour session had passed, and Stenshorne was the only driver to lap sub-1m48s until Race Performance Motorsport’s Santiago Ramos set a 1m47.838s an hour into running.

Ramos then moved ahead with a 1m47.554s, which was the benchmark until Arden’s Joshua Duerksen set a 1m47.532s.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Kas Haverkort then set a 1m47.263s, with MP Motorsport’s Victor Bernier slotting into second place with a 1m47.494s.

Haverkort broke into the 1m46s soon after, and there were 10 drivers behind him that had lapped in the 1m47s after 90 minutes had passed.

R-P-M’s Adam Fitzgerald caused red flags to be brought out in the third hour, after a period in which VAR’s Joshua Dufek, Ramos and then R-ace’s Tim Tramnitz had spent time in second place.

Camara moved to the top following the restart, a 1m46.551s putting him 0.024 seconds ahead of Tramnitz and 0.213s ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Marcus Amand. The top 18 ended up being covered by a second.

Dufek and Haverkort were the drivers to beat in the afternoon before Camara set a 1m46.479s. That kept him on top all through the session’s second half, with team-mate Andrea Kimi Antonelli 0.116s behind in second place with a lap he also set fairly early on. Bernier and Haverkort completed the top four.

R-P-M’s Maceo Capietto was the fastest driver for much of Wednesday morning, just ahead of Antonelli and Bernier. ART GP’s Laurens van Hoepen moved into third place as the session reached its two-hour mark, and just after it Monolite Racing’s Kirill Smal went second fastest with a lap 0.037s slower than Capietto’s.

Smal, and KIC Motorsport’s Shannon Lugassy, had not recorded any laptimes the previous day.

Capietto was eventually usurped by Trident’s Nikhil Bohra, who remarkably lapped in the 1m45s. However that lap was later deleted for cutting a chicane, putting Tramnitz into first place with a 1m46.393s lap.

Antonelli and Capietto were second and third after three hours had passed, and an improvement in the final half-hour put Antonelli on by 0.063s over Tramnitz. Camara slipped into third ahead of Capietto.

The rubbering in of the track meant it looked like there would be a lot of improvements in the afternoon session, but only a handful set personal bests.

Ramos was fastest before the first red flag stoppage, then Camara came to the fore before the end of hour two ahead of team-mate Lorenzo Fluxa.

Lucas Medina then caused another stoppage, at which point it was a Prema 1-2-3. It stayed that way to the end, which came about early due to Lugassy bringing out red flags, with Camara just 0.003s ahead of Antonelli.

Tramnitz’s session three personal best put him third overall ahead of Fluxa, while Amand in 14th on the combined timesheet was the highest-placed driver to set their fastest lap on Tuesday.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Rafael Camara Prema 1m46.118s 105
2 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m46.121s +0.003s 113
3 Tim Tramnitz R-ace GP 1m46.393s +0.275s 118
4 Lorenzo Fluxa Prema 1m46.417s +0.299s 94
5 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing 1m46.443s +0.325s 122
6 Maceo Capietto R-P-M 1m46.447s +0.329s 132
7 Kirill Smal Monolite Racing 1m46.484s +0.366s 70
8 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m46.554s +0.436s 126
9 Santiago Ramos R-P-M 1m46.559s +0.441s 130
10 Roman Bilinski Trident 1m46.571s +0.453s 111
11 Victor Bernier MP Motorsport 1m46.594s +0.476s 105
12 Martinius Stenshorne R-ace GP 1m46.665s +0.547s 126
13 Alessandro Giusti G4 Racing 1m46.682s +0.564s 88
14 Marcus Amand ART Grand Prix 1m46.764s +0.646s 132
15 Owen Tangavelou Trident 1m46.789s +0.671s 107
16 Joshua Duerksen Arden 1m46.806s +0.688s 129
17 Nikhil Bohra Trident 1m46.856s +0.738s 112
18 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport 1m46.861s +0.743s 78
19 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing 1m46.900s +0.782s 113
20 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 1m46.966s +0.848s 96
21 Charlie Wurz ART Grand Prix 1m47.020s +0.902s 131
22 Adam Fitzgerald R-P-M 1m47.121s +1.003s 100
23 Tom Lebbon Arden 1m47.138s +1.020s 123
24 Maya Weug KIC Motorsport 1m47.279s +1.161s 120
25 Matias Zagazeta R-ace GP 1m47.285s +1.167s 104
26 Emmo Fittipaldi Sainteloc Racing 1m47.445s +1.327s 118
27 Enzo Scionti Monolite Racing 1m47.488s +1.370s 113
28 Shannon Lugassy KIC Motorsport 1m47.577s +1.459s 82
29 Levente Revesz Arden 1m47.603s +1.485s 129
30 Lucas Medina Sainteloc Racing 1m47.666s +1.548s 111
31 Giovanni Maschio Monolite Racing 1m47.806s +1.688s 110
32 Alex Partyshev KIC Motorsport 1m47.837s +1.719s 136
33 Niels Koolen Van Amersfoort Racing 1m48.053s +1.935s 119