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Cola ruled out by broken hand as Petecof tops FREC Friday practice

by Elliot Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Gianluca Petecof was fastest in Formula Regional European Championship’s two Friday free practice sessions at Vallelunga, as Andrea Cola sat out the action after breaking his left hand.

Treacherous weather hit the first four sessions that took place on Wednesday, and Monolite Racing’s Cola was caught out in a crash in the rain. He was sent to hospital, and has been ruled out of this weekend’s season finale.

“I have a microfracture on the left hand after the crash in the test on Wednesday,” Cola told Formula Scout.

The conditions had improved by Friday, although laptimes were still down on what was expected, and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Dennis Hauger edged Petecof’s Prema team-mate and main title rival Arthur Leclerc to top spot in the early morning session.

Warmer and drier conditions led to laptime improvements of over two seconds when the cars returned to track at midday, with Petecof outpacing Hauger by 0.231s to go into tomorrow’s qualifying sessions as the fastest driver.

Title outsiders Patrik Pasma (KIC Motorsport) and Oliver Rasmussen (Prema) were third and fourth, with Leclerc heading his team-mate Jamie Chadwick in fifth. New Extreme E signing Chadwick had gone third in FP5 earlier in the day.

Cola’s absence meant there was only 11 cars on track, with a 1.417s spread of pace across the field.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Gianluca Petecof Prema 1m29.056s 40
2 Dennis Hauger Van Amersfoort Racing 1m29.287s +0.231s 42
3 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport 1m29.388s +0.332s 44
4 Oliver Rasmussen Prema 1m29.409s +0.353s 38
5 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m29.607s +0.551s 43
6 Jamie Chadwick Prema 1m29.672s +0.616s 39
7 Pierre-Louis Chovet Van Amersfoort Racing 1m29.785s +0.729s 40
8 Konsta Lappalainen KIC Motorsport 1m29.940s +0.884s 43
9 Nicola Marinangeli KIC Motorsport 1m30.241s +1.185s 45
10 Emidio Pesce DR Formula by RP Motorsport 1m30.251s +1.195s 40
11 Gillian Henrion Gillian Track Events 1m30.473s +1.417s 44