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F3 points leader Bortoleto fastest on second morning of Imola test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Formula 3 points leader Gabriel Bortoleto was fastest on the second morning of the championship’s in-season test at Imola.

Campos Racing’s Pepe Marti set the pace early on, leading with a 1m30.924s lap before the session was red flagged after 19 minutes when Trident’s Oliver Goethe crashed at turn 19.

Following the restart it was Hitech GP’s Luke Browning who went to the top, bettering Marti by 0.075 seconds. ART Grand Prix’s Gregoire Saucy went third fastest, with MP Motorsport’s Jonny Edgar and Hitech’s Gabriele Mini completing the top five.

Prema’s Paul Aron briefly usurped Browning, only for his 1m30.811s lap to be deleted for a track limits violation, but then Browning was pushed down to second place for real as MP’s Franco Colapinto set a 1m30.816s.

Less than a minute later Prema’s Dino Beganovic then bettered Colapinto, setting a 1m30.547s that kept him in first place for half an hour before day one pacesetter Nikita Bedrin – who had been in second place – posted a 1m30.416s lap.

Jenzer Motorsport driver Bedrin spent even more time in first place than Beganovic did, although he was helped by a lengthy red flag stoppage after Colapinto stopped at turn seven with a technical problem.

Bedrin’s hour on top was ended by Trident’s Bortoleto, who set a 1m30.312s with just over three quarters of an hour left of the three-hour session.

MP’s Mari Boya caused the next red flag period, and there was little in improved laptimes after that, with Bortoleto ending the morning 0.104s up on Bedrin and 0.159s up on Colapinto.

Taylor Barnard made it two Jenzer drivers in the top four, while Beganovic was shuffled down to fifth, just ahead of Marti and Aron.

Morning session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Gabriel Bortoleto Trident 1m30.312s 35
2 Nikita Bedrin Jenzer Motorsport 1m30.416s +0.104s 31
3 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m30.471s +0.159s 34
4 Taylor Barnard Jenzer Motorsport 1m30.527s +0.215s 31
5 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m30.547s +0.235s 31
6 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m30.596s +0.284s 44
7 Paul Aron Prema 1m30.600s +0.288s 33
8 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m30.647s +0.335s 40
9 Luke Browning Hitech GP 1m30.766s +0.454s 37
10 Caio Collet Van Amersfoort Racing 1m30.791s +0.479s 32
11 Gabriele Mini Hitech GP 1m30.804s +0.492s 24
12 Sebastian Montoya Hitech GP 1m30.902s +0.590s 39
13 Zak O’Sullivan Prema 1m30.925s +0.613s 33
14 Christian Mansell Campos Racing 1m30.939s +0.627s 43
15 Hugh Barter Campos Racing 1m30.991s +0.679s 37
16 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m31.021s +0.709s 39
17 Kaylen Frederick ART Grand Prix 1m31.090s +0.778s 42
18 Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix 1m31.169s +0.857s 40
19 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 1m31.178s +0.866s 30
20 Ollie Gray Carlin 1m31.248s +0.936s 42
21 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m31.266s +0.954s 43
22 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m31.332s +1.020s 28
23 Tommy Smith Van Amersfoort Racing 1m31.509s +1.197s 30
24 Hunter Yeany Carlin 1m31.974s +1.662s 37
25 Sophia Floersch PHM by Charouz 1m32.108s +1.796s 28
26 Piotr Wisnicki PHM by Charouz 1m32.122s +1.810s 33
27 Alex Garcia Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.177s +1.865s 30
28 Oliver Goethe Trident 1m32.414 +2.102s 8
29 Roberto Faria PHM by Charouz 1m33.587s +3.275s 24
30 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m49.999s +19.687s 9