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Daruvala heads Saturday morning Alps practice at Misano

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Fast Lane Promotion

Photo: Fast Lane Promotion

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
Pos. Driver Team S1 S2
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
8 Alessandro Perullo Technorace 1:35.435 1:33.433
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