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FREC leader Saucy fastest on Red Bull Ring test day

by Ida Wood

Photo: FRECA

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.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
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
6 Alex Quinn Arden 1m26.701s +0.375s 66
7 Zane Maloney R-ace GP 1m26.769s +0.443s 60
8 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m26.781s +0.455s 65
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
12 Paul Aron Prema 1m26.856s +0.530s 64
13 David Vidales Prema 1m26.876s +0.550s 67
14 William Alatalo Arden 1m26.881s +0.555s 65
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
26 Nicola Marinangeli Arden 1m27.395s +1.069s 56
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