Gregoire Saucy set the fastest lap in the Formula Regional European Championship test day at the Red Bull Ring.
MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto topped the first of two afternoon sessions, edging Van Amersfoort Racing’s Francesco Pizzi by 0.074 seconds and Michael Belov by 0.086s.
Championship leader Saucy was sixth fastest, but less than a tenth-and-a-half off the pace, with the top 15 covered by less than half a second and 24 drivers all within a second of Colapinto’s 1m27.316s lap.
Prema’s Paul Aron set the pace in early in session two, with Alex Quinn (Arden) and Gabriele Mini (ART Grand Prix) then moving into first place as they set their first few flying laps.
Aron returned to the top briefly before G4 Racing’s Belov went fastest by over a quarter of a second. Belov was able to keep himself there for longer, only being topped just over a quarter of the way into the hour-long session by Colapinto.
Despite not improving from his 1m26.797s lap, Colapinto went unbeaten until the final 15 minutes when Mini set a 1m26.506s. At that point Gabriel Bortoleto was third, Quinn was fourth and Saucy was 11th.
Saucy leapt up to second with just under eight minutes to go, as team-mate Mini improved to a 1m26.407s, but Colapinto shuffled him down a spot a minute later.
With four minutes and 14 seconds still remaining on the clock, Saucy finally went to the top, and by a slim 0.081s. Mini and Colapinto finished the day in second and third, while Belov and Bortoleto completed the top five.
Quinn was sixth, and Aron sank to 12th. Reigning champion Gianluca Petecof was 22nd on his return with KIC Motorsport, who he will race for this weekend, and he was just 0.013s faster than Monolite Racing’s debuting Jose Garfias.
|1||Gregoire Saucy||ART Grand Prix||1m26.326s||68|
|2||Gabriele Mini||ART Grand Prix||1m26.407s||+0.081s||59|
|3||Franco Colapinto||MP Motorsport||1m26.518s||+0.192s||46|
|4||Michael Belov||G4 Racing||1m26.566s||+0.240s||50|
|5||Gabriel Bortoleto||FA Racing by MP||1m26.663s||+0.337s||44|
|7||Zane Maloney||R-ace GP||1m26.769s||+0.443s||60|
|9||Isack Hadjar||R-ace GP||1m26.792s||+0.466s||63|
|10||Mari Boya||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m26.807s||+0.481s||61|
|11||Hadrien David||R-ace GP||1m26.829s||+0.503s||62|
|15||Andrea Rosso||FA Racing by MP||1m26.961s||+0.635s||54|
|16||Francesco Pizzi||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m27.028s||+0.702s||56|
|17||Ido Cohen||JD Motorsport||1m27.035s||+0.709s||53|
|18||Patrik Pasma||ART Grand Prix||1m27.115s||+0.789s||65|
|19||Alexandre Bardinon||FA Racing by MP||1m27.203s||+0.877s||63|
|20||Oliver Goethe||MP Motorsport||1m27.246s||+0.920s||44|
|21||Elias Seppanen||KIC Motorsport||1m27.279s||+0.953s||69|
|22||Gianluca Petecof||KIC Motorsport||1m27.338s||+1.012s||62|
|23||Jose Garfias||Monolite Racing||1m27.351s||+1.025s||45|
|24||Lorenzo Fluxa||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m27.377s||+1.051s||62|
|25||Eduardo Barrichello||JD Motorsport||1m27.387s||+1.061s||58|
|27||Pietro Delli Guanti||Monolite Racing||1m27.425s||+1.099s||54|
|28||Kas Haverkort||MP Motorsport||1m27.457s||+1.131s||50|
|29||Emidio Pesce||DR Formula||1m27.590s||+1.264s||51|
|30||Nico Gohler||KIC Motorsport||1m28.064s||+1.738s||49|
|31||Axel Gnos||G4 Racing||1m28.102s||+1.776s||62|
|32||Tommy Smith||JD Motorsport||1m28.181s||+1.855s||57|
|33||Lena Buhler||R-ace GP||1m28.297s||+1.971s||58|