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Deletraz sweeps NEC practice at Silverstone

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Paul Davies Photography

Photo: Paul Davies Photography

Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Louis Deletraz topped both practice sessions ahead of Formula Renault 2.0 NEC’s round two at Silverstone.

After narrowly leading practice one, the Swiss driver dominated the second session and will go into qualifying on top form.

MP’s Dennis Olsen and MGR’s Colin Noble were among the early leaders in the first session, but the battle for the top stabilized when Deletraz took the lead.

The Swiss driver had to improve several times to retain the benchmark, but managed to beat Harrison Scott by a tenth at the checkered flag.

Scott’s teammate Josef Zaruba took fourth, while Deletraz’s squadmate and expected championship rival Kevin Jorg was fourth.

Callan O’Keeffe was the only Fortec driver in the top ten in fifth, while Darius Oskoui took the leading Rookie class honours in second.

Another ART driver Ukyo Sasahara was seventh, while Olsen, Max Defourny and Henrique Chaves completed the top ten.

Deletraz and Jorg led the running early on in session two, before local driver Alex Gill stormed to the top with 20 minutes to go.

He was then deposed by new teammate Charlie Eastwood, before Deletraz vaulted back to the top.

The times ramped up massively at that stage and Deletraz ended up more than five tenths clear of second-placed Defourny.

Sasahara was third, ahead of Chaves and Oskoui, who made it three ART cars in the top five.

Zaruba was classified sixth, having brought out a session-ending red flag with a minute to go. Jorg ended up seventh, ahead of O’Keeffe, Olsen and Eastwood.

“Our form here’s really positive, I think”, Deletraz said after practice. “We’re running like at Monza and I hope we can get double pole again. I think we have a bit of a margin.”

“The goal here is to take the championship lead, but Ukyo’s at Silverstone and will be hard to beat. Points lead is the goal but we also have to think about the future, because we need to win the championship.”

Combined practice results
Pos. Driver Team S1 S2
1 Louis Deletraz Josef Kaufmaan Racing 1:59.210 1:57.876
2 Max Defourny ART Junior Team 2:00.507 1:58.442
3 Ukyo Sasahara ART Junior Team 2:00.477 1:58.517
4 Henrique Chaves AVF 2:00.638 1:58.833
5 Darius Oskoui ART Junior Team 2:00.399 1:58.846
6 Josef Zaruba AVF 1:59.572 1:58.892
7 Kevin Jorg Josef Kaufmaan Racing 1:59.719 1:59.165
8 Callan O’Keeffe Fortec Motorsport 2:00.006 1:59.263
9 Dennis Olsen Manor MP Motorsport 2:00.483 1:59.342
10 Charlie Eastwood Fortec Motorsport 2:00.693 1:59.429
11 Harrison Scott AVF 1:59.316 1:59.489
12 Alex Gill Fortec Motorsport 2:00.749 1:59.560
13 Zac Claman DeMelo Fortec Motorsport 2:01.902 1:59.596
14 Nikita Mazepin Josef Kaufmaan Racing 2:01.085 1:59.689
15 Colin Noble MGR Motorsport 2:00.831 1:59.758
16 Dries Vanthoor Josef Kaufmaan Racing 2:01.149 1:59.901
17 Robin Hansson Fragus BR Motorsport 2:01.980 2:00.044
18 Ignazio D’Agosto Manor MP Motorsport 2:01.813 2:00.160
19 Rahul Raj Mayer Mark Burdett Motorsport 2:02.163 2:00.826
20 Jehan Daruvala Fortec Motorsport 2:00.747 2:00.914
21 Luke Chudleigh Fortec Motorsport 2:01.878 2:01.006
22 Pontus Fredericsson Prizma Motorsport 2:01.979 2:01.122
23 Bartlomiej Mirecki BM Racing 2:03.452 2:02.473
24 David Richert Inter Europol Competition 2:06.796 2:03.185

Personal best time in bold
Best time of session in italics