Alessandro Giusti topped the times in a trouble-free French F4 practice session at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
Representative laptimes wouldn’t be set until ten minutes into the session with Souta Arao clocking a lap of 1m37.059s.
Moments later, Giusti became the first driver to break the 1m37s barrier, going 0.082s faster than Arao. The Frenchman stayed on top of the charts for the most session as all drivers kept lowering their benchmarks.
Giusti was then followed into the 1m36s laps by Arao, Hugh Barter and Dario Cabanelas. Halfway through the session, Barter bettered Arao’s best effort up to that point to go second fastest, just under a tenth of a second off Giusti.
Barter went fastest with ten minutes remaining on the clock, but Giusti reclaimed the top spot shortly afterwards. Giusti’s laptime of 1m36.200s, only 19 thousands of a second faster than Barter’s best time, wouldn’t be lowered for the rest of the session.
Behind Giusti and Barter, Enzo Peugeot and Edgar Pierre moved up in the order and ahead of Arao with over five minutes to go to eventually finish in third and fourth place.
No one was able to improve upon his best effort in the remaining minutes of practice, which meant Romain Andriolo, Yuto Nomura, Pablo Sarrazin, Jeronimo Berrio and Pierre-Alexandre Provost completed the top 10.
Fourth in the championship, Elliott Vayron couldn’t make it into the top 10, finishing only 11th fastest.
Despite his good start to the session, Cabanelas wouldn’t improve his early laptime of 1m36.960s, and concluded practice down in 13th.