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FREC leader Saucy tops interrupted pre-event Zandvoort test

by Craig Woollard

Photo: FRECA

Gregoire Saucy came out on top of Formula Regional European Championship’s pre-event test at Zandvoort by almost half a second, as running was interrupted by red flags seven times.

The first 50-minute session, held on Friday morning, was wet. The times therefore were somewhat unrepresentative, and three times action was halted by red flags.

MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto continued his form from Thursday’s session by topping the timesheet with his final flying lap to go quickest.

Of the three drivers to cause a red flag, G4 Racing’s Axel Gnos came off the worst. He went off with 20 minutes remaining and was unable to go on track again.

It was a tricky session for points leader Saucy, who cme 10th and was over 1.5 seconds slower than Colapinto. He did, however, complete 18 laps – the most of anyone. Prema’s Dino Beganovic and MP’s Kas Haverkort were three tenths back in third and fourth place.

The times were considerably quicker in the drier second session, which featured four stoppages.

KIC Motorsport’s Patrick Pasma was the first to fall off relatively early in the session. Despite completing just six laps, he was able to go 13th fastest.

Gnos had a second session-ending off of his day, while Van Amersfoort Racing’s Mari Boya stopped with just 10 minutes to go.

The final red flag was caused by DR Formula’s Emidio Pesce, whose issues led to the session finishing three minutes early.

Saucy spent much of the session at the top, and his 14th lap was his best, and team-mate Mini was 0.449s slower in second place.

R-ace GP’s Zane Maloney was third quickest, ahead of G4’s Michael Belov.

ART GP’s Thomas ten Brinke had to spend the first 10 minutes of the session parked in the pits for an unspecified incident. Regardless of the very limited running, he was able to go fifth fastest ahead of Arden’s William Alatalo.

R-ace’s Hadrien David was seventh, ahead of Beganovic, KIC’s Elias Seppanen and R-ace’s Isack Hadjar. After topping the times in the morning, Colapinto spent much of the afternoon towards the bottom of the times and ended up 15th.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m32.594s 36
2 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix 1m33.043s +0.449s 36
3 Zane Maloney R-ace GP 1m33.419s +0.825s 34
4 Michael Belov G4 Racing 1m33.583s +0.991s 29
5 Thomas ten Brinke ART Grand Prix 1m33.768s +1.174s 29
6 William Alatalo Arden 1m33.887s +1.297s 32
7 Hadrien David R-ace GP 1m34.050s +1.456s 31
8 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m34.108s +1.512s 32
9 Elias Seppanen KIC Motorsport 1m34.118s +1.522s 33
10 Isack Hadjar R-ace GP 1m34.171s +1.577s 31
11 Andrea Rosso FA Racing by MP 1m34.366s +1.772s 32
12 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m34.379s +1.785s 32
13 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport 1m34.401s +1.807s 22
14 Lorenzo Fluxa Van Amersfoort Racing 1m34.458s +1.864s 30
15 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m34.459s +1.865s 30
16 Paul Aron Prema 1m34.527s +1.933s 29
17 Pietro Delli Guanti Monolite Racing 1m34.592s +1.998s 29
18 David Vidales Prema 1m34.602s +2.008s 27
19 Tommy Smith JD Motorsport 1m34.705s +2.111s 31
20 Oliver Goethe MP Motorsport 1m34.782s +2.188s 32
21 Kas Haverkort MP Motorsport 1m34.877s +2.283s 32
22 Nico Gohler KIC Motorsport 1m34.951s +2.358s 32
23 Alex Quinn Arden 1m35.043s +2.445s 32
24 Nicola Marinangeli Arden 1m35.049s +2.451s 31
25 Mari Boya Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.234s +2.640s 27
26 Emidio Pesce DR Formula 1m35.358s +2.764s 29
27 Eduardo Barrichello JD Motorsport 1m35.383s +2.789s 29
28 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 1m35.508s +2.906s 16
29 Brad Benavides DR Formula 1m35.981s +3.403s 30
30 Jasin Ferati Monolite Racing 1m36.085s +3.489s 24
31 Lena Buhler R-ace GP 1m36.121s +3.525s 34
32 Gabriel Bortoleto FA Racing by MP 1m36.951s +4.355s 31
33 Alexandre Bardinon FA Racing by MP 1m38.092s +5.498s 29