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Collet fastest in free practice on Eurocup’s Magny-Cours return

by Ida Wood

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Caio Collet edged title rival Victor Martins to top spot in Formula Renault Eurocup free practice at Magny-Cours, which is returning to the series for the first time since 2010.

ART Grand Prix driver Martins was convincingly fastest in the first session on Thursday, heading Bhaitech’s Lorenzo Colombo and R-ace GP’s Collet by a third of a second.

Collet struck back on a gripper track in the second session, bettering Martins’ earlier benchmark by 0.030 seconds.

Martins didn’t improve, while star rookies David Vidales (JD Motorsport) and Franco Colapinto (MP Motorsport) set identical laptimes to jump up to third and fourth in the combined classification from the two sessions.

Arden’s Alex Quinn also made a large gain in the second session and moved into fifth overall ahead of Colombo.

After a troublesome pre-event test, FA Racing by Manor’s Tijmen van der Helm only managed a few laps in FP1 and then sat out FP2 entirely, leaving him over five seconds off the pace.


Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Caio Collet R-ace GP 1m34.214s 44
2 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m34.244s +0.030s 42
3 David Vidales JD Motorsport 1m34.386s +0.172s 45
4 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m34.386s +0.172s 47
5 Alex Quinn Arden 1m34.527s +0.313s 43
6 Lorenzo Colombo Bhaitech 1m34.547s +0.333s 42
7 Ugo de Wilde Arden 1m34.699s +0.585s 39
8 William Alatalo JD Motorsport 1m34.811s +0.597s 45
9 Paul Aron ART Grand Prix 1m34.879s +0.665s 41
10 Petr Ptacek R-ace GP 1m34.887s +0.673s 46
11 Amaury Cordeel FA Racing by Manor 1m34.935s +0.721s 47
12 Hadrien David MP Motorsport 1m34.967s +0.753s 47
13 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m35.016s +0.802s 42
14 Reshad de Gerus Arden 1m35.466s +1.252s 44
15 Laszlo Toth Bhaitech 1m35.685s +1.471s 52
16 Vicky Piria Bhaitech 1m36.176s +1.962s 48
17 Tijmen van der Helm FA Racing by Manor 1m39.541s +5.327s 5