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David Vidales fastest in first Formula Renault Eurocup practice

by Ida Wood

Photo: Renault Sport Series

David Vidales set the pace on his first ever Formula Renault Eurocup appearance in free practice at Imola.

The JD Motorsport driver is making his single-seater debut this weekend, and had his first running with the team in yesterday’s pre-event test at the Italian circuit.

He was second fastest to team-mate William Alatalo across the four sessions on Thursday, and outpaced the Finn in Friday morning’s free practice session before rain arrived.

ART Grand Prix’s Victor Martins was next best, 0.342 seconds behind and narrowly faster than R-ace GP’s title leader Caio Collet. Martins was fastest in the wet afternoon session, which was red flagged due to the downpour and winds that hit the circuit.

Alex Quinn was fifth fastest overall for Arden, just within half a second of Vidales’ pace. The second ART and Arden cars of Paul Aron and Ugo de Wilde.

Gregoire Saucy was second to team-mate Martins in the afternoon and eighth best in the morning, with Monza winner Franco Colapinto (MP Motorsport) and SMP Racing junior Mikhael Belov (M2 Competition) rounding out the top 10.


Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 David Vidales JD Motorsport 1m40.141s 37
2 William Alatalo JD Motorsport 1m40.207s +0.066s 36
3 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m40.483s +0.342s 39
4 Caio Collet R-ace GP 1m40.488s +0.347s 38
5 Alex Quinn Arden 1m40.638s +0.497s 39
6 Paul Aron ART Grand Prix 1m40.642s +0.501s 38
7 Ugo de Wilde Arden 1m40.663s +0.522s 36
8 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m40.708s +0.567s 38
9 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m40.740s +0.599s 36
10 Mikhael Belov M2 Competition 1m40.857s +0.716s 33
11 Lorenzo Colombo Bhaitech 1m41.050s +0.909s 37
12 Petr Ptacek R-ace GP 1m41.122s +0.981s 33
13 Joey Alders MP Motorsport 1m41.164s +1.023s 37
14 Reshad de Gerus Arden 1m41.186s +1.045s 32
15 Hadrien David MP Motorsport 1m41.211s +1.070s 35
16 Johnathan Hoggard R-ace GP 1m41.233s +1.092s 37
17 Amaury Cordeel FA Racing by Manor 1m41.378s +1.237s 37
18 Tijmen van der Helm FA Racing by Manor 1m41.572s +1.431s 32
19 Laszlo Toth Bhaitech 1m41.888s +1.747s 38
20 Nicola Marinangeli Bhaitech 1m41.971s +1.830s 38