Formula Renault 2.0 Alps guest driver Jehan Daruvala set the pace in practice ahead of the championship’s penultimate round at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
The 16-year-old Indian, who is contesting his first season in car racing, came out on top in the second of two practice sessions today.
Championship leader Jake Hughes was the driver who topped the first one, taking over at the top from teammate Stefan Riener with around five minutes to go.
Matevos Isaakyan, another title contender, came up just 0.027 short, with Riener in third and Daruvala fourth.
F4 regular Alexey Korneev enjoyed an encouraging debut run, placing fifth ahead of compatriot Vasily Romanov.
Philip Hamprecht, Thiago Vivacqua, Bruno Baptista and Matteo Ferrer completed the top ten.
Daruvala beat Hughes’ practice one benchmark with twenty minutes to go in the second session.
Danyil Pronenko, Alessandro Perullo and Riener then took turns in the lead, but Daruvala eventually returned to the top, where he stayed until the chequered flag.
Hughes was second, ahead of Riener, Vivacqua and Korneev.
Jack Aitken, who was injured last time out at Monza, was 14th in the first session and improved massively in the second run, shaving off two seconds and finishing sixth.
Pronenko, Perullo, James Allen and Daniele Cazzaniga made up the rest of the top ten.
Combined practice results
|1||Jehan Daruvala||Fortec Motorsport||1:34.049||1:32.653|
|2||Jake Hughes||Koiranen GP||1:33.739||1:32.951|
|3||Stefan Riener||Koiranen GP||1:33.997||1:33.185|
|4||Thiago Vivacqua||JD Motorsport||1:34.377||1:33.210|
|5||Alexey Korneev||JD Motorsport||1:34.057||1:33.224|
|6||Jack Aitken||Koiranen GP||1:35.131||1:33.236|
|7||Danyil Pronenko||BVM Racing||1:35.005||1:33.338|
|9||James Allen||ARTA Engineering||1:35.381||1:33.628|
|10||Daniele Cazzaniga||GSK Grand Prix||1:34.670||1:33.811|
|11||TJ Fischer||Cram Motorsport||1:34.959||1:33.911|
|12||Matteo Ferrer||Cram Motorsport||1:34.468||1:33.955|
|13||Vasily Romanov||Cram Motorsport||1:34.314||1:33.983|
|14||Philip Hamprecht||Koiranen GP||1:34.341||1:34.107|
|15||Nerses Isaakyan||Koiranen GP||No Time||1:34.154|
|16||Bruno Baptista||Koiranen GP||1:34.463||1:34.219|
|17||Denis Bulatov||GSK Grand Prix||1:35.198||1:34.299|
|18||Matevos Isaakyan||JD Motorsport||1:33.766||1:34.344|
|19||Julien Falchero||GSK Grand Prix||1:35.877||1:34.777|
|20||Andrea Baiguera||Brixia Horse Power||1:36.629||1:35.146|
Personal best time in bold
Best time of session in italics