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Chovet continues strong FREC return by topping Mugello practice

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: Diederik van der Laan / DPPA

Race Performance Motorsport’s Pierre-Louis Chovet and Santiago Ramos, on his first outing for the team, topped the times in Formula Regional European Championship free practice at Mugello.

The pair were quickest in FP2, which was brought to an early close by red flags when Nicola Marinangeli spun into the gravel with three minutes remaining.

As the cars returned to the track for their second stints of the session with just under 20 minutes remaining, Chovet went to the top with a 1m42.666s lap, bettering early pacesetter Van Amersfoort Racing’s Joshua Dufek by 0.8 seconds.

Dufek’s fifth lap, a 1m43.509s had been the benchmark through the first 25 minutes, but the second runs proved considerably quicker for most. Dufek was only able to improve by 0.05s in the second stint, and dropped to 17th place.

Though Chovet was unable to improve further after going fastest, his time was not beaten in the remainder of practice. Ramos, who has moved to R-P-M from KIC Motorsport, was 0.059s behind in second place.

Prema’s Paul Aron had looked on course to beat Chovet but ended 0.075s adrift, the red flag preventing any further gains.

Aron was followed by title rivals Hadrien David and Gabriele Mini, whose fastest lap was a 1m42.911s which he set to top FP1. Victor Bernier, who was second in FP1, was the next driver in the combined timesheet and then it was points leader Beganovic and Tim Tramnitz.

Mini was only eighth fastest in FP2, and R-ace GP’s test topper Gabriel Bortoleto was 13th fastest overall in practice and 22nd in FP2.

Bortoleto’s team-mate Lorenzo Fluxa had led the way early in FP1 ahead of Beganovic, before Bernier came to the fore. Mini then took over at the top after 15 minutes, and improved several times but was shuffled down to fifth in the final minutes as Bernier returned to the top.

But as the chequered flag dropped, Mini jumped back to the top by 0.015s with a 1m42.911s lap. Esteban Masson and Nicolas Baptiste caused red flags to be waved during FP1.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Pierre-Louis Chovet R-P-M 1m42.666s 34
2 Santiago Ramos R-P-M 1m42.725s +0.059s 33
3 Paul Aron Prema 1m42.741s +0.075s 38
4 Hadrien David R-ace GP 1m42.863s +0.197s 34
5 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix 1m42.911s +0.245s 34
6 Victor Bernier FA Racing by MP 1m42.926s +0.260s 36
7 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m42.936s +0.270s 39
8 Tim Tramnitz Trident 1m42.946s +0.280s 35
9 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 1m42.950s +0.284s 38
10 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport 1m42.960s +0.294s 36
11 Joshua Dufek VAR 1m43.015s +0.349s 37
12 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m43.026s +0.360s 35
13 Gabriel Bortoleto R-ace GP 1m43.036s +0.370s 28
14 Francesco Braschi FA Racing by MP 1m43.066s +0.400s 36
15 Joshua Duerksen Arden 1m43.090s +0.424s 35
16 William Alatalo KIC Motorsport 1m43.151s +0.485s 37
17 Kas Haverkort VAR 1m43.167s +0.501s 37
18 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m43.289s +0.623s 35
19 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m43.375s +0.709s 34
20 Maceo Capietto Monolite Racing 1m43.412s +0.746s 36
21 Lorenzo Fluxa R-ace GP 1m43.458s +0.792s 34
22 Noel Leon Arden 1m43.511s +0.845s 34
23 Owen Tangavelou R-P-M 1m43.528s +0.862s 32
24 Roman Bilinski Trident 1m43.606s +0.940s 35
25 Sebastian Ogaard KIC Motorsport 1m43.749s +1.083s 37
26 Matias Zagazeta G4 Racing 1m43.950s +1.097s 37
27 Pietro Armanni Monolite Racing 1m44.049s +1.383s 35
28 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 1m44.068s +1.402s 36
29 Nicola Marinangeli Monolite Racing 1m44.089s +1.423s 38
30 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m44.282s +1.616s 34
31 Eduardo Barrichello Arden 1m44.284s +1.618s 36
32 Levente Revesz VAR 1m44.476s +1.810s 38
33 Esteban Masson ART Grand Prix 1m44.516s +1.850s 21
34 Nicolas Baptiste FA Racing by MP 1m44.579s +1.913s 30
35 Piotr Wisnicki KIC Motorsport 1m44.742s +2.076s 35
36 Amna Al Qubaisi Prema 1m49.654s +6.988s 26