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Duerksen drives through the rain to set the fastest lap in F2 practice

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

AIX Racing’s Joshua Duerksen set the pace at a wet Silverstone in Formula 2 practice.

MP Motorsport’s Franco Colaonto was first to venture out in the 45-minute session, followed by Hitech GP’s points leader Paul Aron who set a 1m59.526s to go fastest while Colapinto returned to the pits.

Taylor Barnard and team-mate Duerksen were third and fourth, but then got shuffled down the order as Trident’s Richard Verschoor and Roman Stanek headed out and immediately went second and third fastest.

Only eight drivers had set laps after 12 minutes, with Stanek in second having improved to 1m59.921s. The AIX pair also improved, and the track began to get busy at the 15-minute mark.

ART Grand Prix’s Zak O’Sullivan cut Aron’s advantage to 0.358 seconds, and team-mate Victor Martins was briefly fourth fastest before DAMS’ Jak Crawford matched O’Sullivan’s pace.

By the second half of the session all but Campos Racing and Prema’s drivers had been out, with the latter’s line-up finally leaving the pits with 18 minutes to go. Their first flying laps put them one-two, with Ollie Bearman setting a 1m59.474s and Andrea Kimi Antonelli going 0.019s slower.

Campos’s Pepe Marti then left the pits and his first lap came in with 13 minutes left on the clock. It put him in 15th place, then on his next effort he comfortably went fastest with a 1m58.693s.

The track was starting to dry slightly, and Duerksen usurped Marti by setting a 1m58.064s with nine-and-a-half minutes to go. That went unbeaten, with Barnard the only other driver able to get within a second of Duerksen in the remaining time.

There was drama at the end for Williams juniors O’Sullivan and Colapinto, who both went off. O’Sullivan went through the gravel but was able to rejoin, while Colapinto spun out but as the chequered flag had already waved it did not disrupt the session.

Marti’s team-mate Isack Hadjar left it until the very end to leave the pits, and the sole lap he set was 45s off the pace.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Joshua Duerksen AIX Racing 1m58.064s 17
2 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m58.693s +0.629s 9
3 Taylor Barnard AIX Racing 1m58.920s +0.856s 11
4 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m59.474s +1.410s 8
5 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m59.493s +1.429s 8
6 Paul Aron Hitech GP 1m59.526s +1.462s 6
7 Zak O’Sullivan ART Grand Prix 1m59.884s +1.820s 10
8 Jak Crawford DAMS 1m59.884s +1.820s 7
9 Roman Stanek Trident 1m59.921s +1.857s 12
10 Zane Maloney Rodin Motorsport 2m00.002s +1.938s 9
11 Richard Verschoor Trident 2m00.424s +2.360s 7
12 Amaury Cordeel Hitech GP 2m00.824s +2.760s 7
13 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport 2m00.867s +2.778s 9
14 Gabriel Bortoleto Virtuosi Racing 2m00.921s +2.803s 7
15 Juan Manuel Correa DAMS 2m01.447s +2.857s 9
16 Kush Maini Virtuosi Racing 2m01.461s +3.383 6
17 Ritomo Miyata Rodin Motorsport 2m01.698s +3.397s 10
18 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 2m01.736s +3.634s 10
19 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 2m02.326s +3.672s 7
20 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 2m03.145s +4.262s 7
21 Enzo Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing 2m03.145s +5.081s 6
22 Isack Hadjar Campos Racing 2m43.852s +45.739s 3