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Ferrari junior Camara fastest in FREC pre-season testing at Paul Ricard

by Ida Wood

Photo: FRMEC

Rafael Camara topped Formula Regional European Championship’s pre-season test at Paul Ricard.

The action started on Tuesday with a three-hour morning session, and the majority of track activity occurred early on when temperatures were lower.

Maceo Capietto was fastest at the halfway point with a 1m58.021s, a quarter of a second clear of Andrea Kimi Antonelli.

The order at the top remained static as drivers stayed in the pits, although towards the end of hour two there were improvemnts from Roman Bilinski and Alessandro Giusti in fifth and seventh.

There was finally more running in the final 20 minutes, and Barcelona test pacesetter Tim Tramnitz went fourth fastest with 15 minutes to go. A few minutes later Antonelli improved, getting within 0.216s of Capietto.

Camara moved into second with seven minutes to go, and ended the session 0.106s behind Capietto. Kas Haverkort went fourth fastest late on, 0.395s off the top.

The four-hour afternoon session had no track action in hour our, and Tramnitz was first to set the pace at 1m58.930s.

He had a 0.513s gap to Haverkort until the session’s second half, as Sami Meguetounif set a 1m59.392s to go second fastest.

A succession of laps from Martinius Stenshorne brought him into second 20 minutes later. A 1m58.902s eventually put him ahead, while Kirill Smal jumped to third.

Stenshorne improved again to 1m58.756s, and a short while later Haverkort returned to the top three but was then shuffled back to fourth by a 1m58.018s lap from Joshua Dufek. Two laps later, Dufek went fastest with a 1m58.713s.

Fluxa became the next driver in the 1m58s during the final hour, and with 40 minutes remaining Camara and Antonelli set 1m58.3s laps to go one-two.

A few minutes Antonelli went fastest with a 1m58.042s, and a 1m58.191s earned Tramnitz second place. He was later bettered by Haverkort, who set a 1m58.155s.

Nikhil Bohra, Owen Tangavelou and Santiago Ramos were the early pacesetters on the test’s second morning.

Haverkort and Camara usurped Ramos after 33 minutes, but Ramos responded immediately to reclaim first place. Smal and Tramnitz started the second hour by beating him, and later Camara dropped into the 1m57s with what would be the test’s fastest lap.

Antonelli went second fastest before 30 minutes of an empty track that was interrupted by Stenshorne taking fifth place. The session ended with red flags and the top 20 covered by a second.

Tramnitz was fastest in a quiet first hour of the four-hour afternoon session, with Haverkort topping the second hour. Victor Bernier, who missed day one, was first into the 1m58s after 2h43m had passed, and he improved to stay on top the finish. Smal and Tom Lebbon were just under 0.3s behind in second and third.

Capietto – second fastest overall – failed to improve on his session one best, as did seven others. Antonelli, Haverkort and Charlie Wurz peaked in session two, and everyone else improved in session three. Bernier, Lebbon and Giovanni Maschio also improved in session four.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Rafael Camara Prema 1m57.899s 112
2 Maceo Capietto R-P-M 1m58.021s +0.122s 95
3 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m58.042s +0.143s 123
4 Tim Tramnitz R-ace GP 1m58.149s +0.250s 124
5 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing 1m58.155s +0.256s 120
6 Kirill Smal Monolite Racing 1m58.254s +0.355s 112
7 Martinius Stenshorne R-ace GP 1m58.259s +0.360s 131
8 Roman Bilinski Trident 1m58.294s +0.395s 115
9 Santiago Ramos R-P-M 1m58.297s +0.398s 95
10 Lorenzo Fluxa Prema 1m58.460s +0.561s 120
11 Nikhil Bohra Trident 1m58.475s +0.576s 112
12 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m58.501s +0.602s 111
13 Victor Bernier MP Motorsport 1m58.548s +0.649s 58
14 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing 1m58.601s +0.702s 121
15 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 1m58.617s +0.718s 91
16 Marcus Amand ART Grand Prix 1m58.674s +0.775s 118
17 Alessandro Giusti G4 Racing 1m58.703s +0.804s 127
18 Owen Tangavelou Trident 1m58.715s +0.816s 116
19 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport 1m58.780s +0.881s 90
20 Charlie Wurz ART Grand Prix 1m58.788s +0.889s 125
21 Matias Zagazeta R-ace GP 1m58.822s +0.923s 128
22 Tom Lebbon Arden 1m58.846s +0.947s 109
23 Joshua Duerksen Arden 1m58.856s +0.957s 102
24 Nicolas Baptiste Sainteloc Racing 1m58.900s +1.001s 111
25 Emmo Fittipaldi Sainteloc Racing 1m58.991s +1.092s 120
26 Maya Weug KIC Motorsport 1m59.067s +1.168s 99
27 Levente Revesz Arden 1m59.207s +1.308s 101
28 Enzo Scionti Monolite Racing 1m59.398s +1.499s 117
29 Shannon Lugassy KIC Motorsport 1m59.559s +1.660s 103
30 Alex Partyshev KIC Motorsport 1m59.696s +1.797s 117
31 Niels Koolen Van Amersfoort Racing 1m59.759s +1.860s 116
32 Adam Fitzgerald R-P-M 2m00.199s +2.300s 98
33 Giovanni Maschio Monolite Racing 2m00.260s +2.361s 110