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FREC leader Stenshorne fastest in Mugello practice

by Ida Wood

Photo: FRECA

R-ace GP’s points leader Martinius Stenshorne was fastest in Formula Regional European Championship practice at Mugello.

The morning session was interrupted straight away by Sainteloc Racing’s Lucas Medina getting stuck in the gravel at turn 14 on his outlap, and not appearing again after that, with the red flags out until the 10-minute mark in the 50-minute session.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Kas Haverkort established a 1m52.323s benchmark after that, with Trident’s Roman Bilinski next best on 1m53.1339s after 15 minutes.

The pace then dropped significantly, with ART Grand Prix’s Charlie Wurz posting a 1m46.265s and team-mate Marcus Amand a 1m46.396s. Within a minute KIC Motorsport’s Maya Weug had then moved to the top with a 1m45.826s, and Prema’s Andrea Kimi Antonelli went second fastest.

Next to top the times was Bilinski, by 0.021 seconds, and he was followed across the line by Arden’s Joshua Duerken who set a 1m45.459s. Weug got within 0.060s of that on her next lap, then was shuffled back down to third as Monolite Racing’s Kirill Smal set a 1m45.336s.

Stenshorne was 0.008s slower as he moved into second place, only for team-mate Tim Tramnitz to utilise a slipstream from him to go top with a 1m45.074s.

Smal responded with a 1m44.899s, and Stenshorne got within 0.028s of the new benchmark but was then bettered by Tramnitz and Haverkort.

The pace was lowered further by Smal to 1m44.716s at the session’s halfway mark, then there was a prolonged period of track inactivity.

With nine minutes to go Haverkort set a 1m43.886s and three other drivers beat Smal, then Stenshorne moved to the top with a 1m43.766s. At the end he improved to 1m43.697s, with Haverkort just 0.023s slower and VAR’s Joshua Dufek 0.209s behind in third.

Monolite Racing’s Giovanni Maschio was the surprise pacesetter early on in FP2, with Trident’s Owen Tangavelou and Nikhil Bohra also spending time in first place before Stenshorne found his way to the top with a 1m45.700s set 15 minutes in.

Race Performance Motorsport’s Santiago Ramos bettered that by 0.043s with 15 minutes to go, then Weug went 0.391s faster than that with nine minutes left of practice.

A minute later she was down in sixth as the pace was lowered further, with Haverkort setting a 1m44.442s. Stenshorne returned to first place with two minutes to go, setting a 1m44.199s which would go unbeaten.

Prema’s Lorenzo Fluxa and Medina were the only drivers to actually set their personal bests in FP2 though, with everyone else going faster in FP1.

GT World Challenge Europe racer Konsta Lappalainen contested the two practice sessions with KIC Motorsport.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Martinius Stenshorne R-ace GP 1m43.697s 38
2 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing 1m43.720s +0.023s 36
3 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing 1m43.906s +0.209s 37
4 Tim Tramnitz R-ace GP 1m43.948s +0.251s 37
5 Maceo Capietto R-P-M 1m43.973s +0.276s 33
6 Santiago Ramos R-P-M 1m44.024s +0.327s 32
7 Michael Belov G4 Racing 1m44.039s +0.342s 40
8 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m44.103s +0.406s 39
9 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m44.244s +0.547s 37
10 Owen Tangavelou Trident 1m44.272s +0.575s 34
11 Nikhil Bohra Trident 1m44.280s +0.583s 31
12 Alessandro Giusti G4 Racing 1m44.374s +0.677s 39
13 Roman Bilinski Trident 1m44.464s +0.767s 34
14 Marcus Amand ART Grand Prix 1m44.500s +0.803s 36
15 Joshua Duerksen Arden 1m44.519s +0.822s 38
16 Kirill Smal Monolite Racing 1m44.595s +0.898s 33
17 Rafael Camara Prema 1m44.600s +0.903s 36
18 Maya Weug KIC Motorsport 1m44.613s +0.916s 35
19 Lorenzo Fluxa Prema 1m44.673s +0.976s 36
20 Charlie Wurz ART Grand Prix 1m44.727s +1.030s 37
21 Matias Zagazeta R-ace GP 1m44.785s +1.088s 36
22 Niels Koolen Van Amersfoort Racing 1m45.046s +1.349s 38
23 Tom Lebbon Arden 1m45.302s +1.605s 37
24 Levente Revesz Arden 1m45.397s +1.700s 36
25 Konsta Lappalainen KIC Motorsport 1m45.477s +1.780s 38
26 Emmo Fittipaldi Sainteloc Racing 1m45.522s +1.825s 36
27 Enzo Scionti Monolite Racing 1m45.650s +1.953s 36
28 Giovanni Maschio Monolite Racing 1m46.193s +2.496s 28
29 Lucas Medina Sainteloc Racing 1m46.649s +2.952s 20