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FREC leader Petecof headlines in Paul Ricard free practice

by Ida Wood

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Gianluca Petecof put in a late lap to be the lead man in Formula Regional European Championship free practice at Paul Ricard.

The points leader was slower than his Prema team-mate Arthur Leclerc for much of the session, with the younger brother of Formula 1 driver Charles trading the top spot with Van Amersfoort Racing’s Pierre-Louis Chovet for much of the session.

Emidio Pesce, driving for the RP Motorsport-supported DR Formula team, was the pacesetter early on but fell down the order during the second runs after everyone returned to the pits to make changes.

KIC Motorsport driver Patrik Pasma ended up finding an extra few tenths of a second with his set-up tweaks, and put in a strong lap in the closing minutes that put him in second place behind Petecof.

Leclerc and Chovet were shuffled down to third and fourth, while a Juri Vips and his KIC team-mate Konsta Lappalainen were over half a second off the pace in fifth and sixth.

Facu Regalia, making his first single-seater race appearance this weekend with Van Amersfoort Racing in addition to acting as the team’s driver coach, was able to lap within a second of the pace and was eighth on the final timesheet.

Prema’s Jamie Chadwick had a lengthy stop in the pits where her team was working on the rear of her car, and rounded out the top 10 and was almost a second behind Regalia.


Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Gianluca Petecof Prema 1m58.473s 17
2 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport 1m58.537s +0.064s 19
3 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m58.622s +0.149s 17
4 Pierre-Louis Chovet Van Amersfoort Racing 1m58.768s +0.295s 17
5 Juri Vips KIC Motorsport 1m59.005s +0.532s 15
6 Konsta Lappalainen KIC Motorsport 1m59.009s +0.536s 18
7 Oliver Rasmussen Prema 1m59.282s +0.809s 16
8 Facu Regalia Van Amersfoort Racing 1m59.463s +0.990s 18
9 Emidio Pesce DR Formula 1m59.574s +1.101s 16
10 Jamie Chadwick Prema 2m00.402s +1.929s 13
11 Gillian Henrion Gillian Track Events 2m01.800s +3.327s 17
12 Andrea Cola Monolite Racing 2m03.733s +5.260s 14