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Hadjar heads FREC’s first group test with Renault power at Paul Ricard

by Ida Wood

Photo: M2 Competition

Isack Hadjar set a last-second lap to top the opening day of the Formula Renault Eurocup rookie test, which was effectively Formula Regional European Championship’s first Renault-powered group test day.

The confusing naming of the test, organised by a series that now no longer exists for only its teams, was also muddied by the fact that several experienced racers from the Eurocup took part.

It was Euroformula racer Zane Maloney who set the early morning pace for Arden, lapping in the 2m19s. M2 Competition’s French Formula 4 graduate Hadjar brought that benchmark down by two seconds before R-ace GP’s Renault Formula 1 junior Hadrien David chopped another second off.

Maloney and team-mate Alex Quinn spent the final half-hour of the morning pushing each other at the top, and on the hour Quinn brought the fastest lap down to a 2m13.292s.

Quinn kicked off the afternoon by immediately going faster, setting a 2m11.797s. He made further improvements to stay in first place until ART Grand Prix’s Gregoire Saucy brough the laptimes into the 2m10s.

The track was greasy, and everyone returned to the pits not long after. MP Motorsport’s Mercedes junior Paul Aron used this opportunity go out on his own, and pumped in a 2m10.148s lap.

Quinn waited before reclaiming top spot, using his first lap back on track to set a 2m09.416s. Ferrari-backed team-mate Dino Beganovic was then closest and there was another round of pitstops before Aron replied an hour later with a 2m08.544s.

With the track constantly getting quicker, those who stayed out were rewarded. MP’s Kas Haverkort and Hadjar were in 13th and 14th but jumped to first and second by being first into the 2m07s. Quinn saw their pace, left pitlane and through a succession of laps brought the benchmark down to 2m04.976s.

Maloney remained in the pits for longer, then went tit-for-tat with Quinn again before both pitted. In their absence, Italian Formula 4 champion Gabriele Mini and ART GP team-mate Saucy went quickest with a 2m03.887.

Haverkort went half a second up on that in the final minutes, and with a minute to go Hadjar went 0.008s up.

Maloney ended in third, while Quinn was shuffled to seventh.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Isack Hadjar M2 Competition 2m03.381s 91
2 Kas Haverkort MP Motorsport 2m03.389s +0.008s 105
3 Zane Maloney Arden 2m03.625s +0.244s 113
4 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 2m03.702s +0.321s 129
5 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix 2m03.747s +0.366s 116
6 Hadrien David R-ace GP 2m03.932s +0.551s 112
7 Alex Quinn Arden 2m04.090s +0.709s 113
8 Oliver Goethe FA Racing 2m04.743s +1.362s 85
9 Dino Beganovic Arden 2m05.247s +1.478s 111
10 Paul Aron MP Motorsport 2m07.564s +1.490s 100
11 Andrea Rosso FA Racing 2m04.888s +1.507s 102
12 Mari Boya R-ace GP 2m05.331s +1.950s 110
13 Thomas ten Brinke R-ace GP 2m05.460s +2.079s 110
14 Elias Seppanen JD Motorsport 2m05.638s +2.257s 119
15 Christian Mansell M2 Competition 2m05.937s +2.556s 91
16 Francesco Pizzi ART Grand Prix 2m06.123s +2.742s 102
17 Jesse Salmenautio Bhaitech 2m06.386s +3.005s 110
18 Axel Gnos Bhaitech 2m07.418s +4.037s 123
19 Casper Stevenson M2 Competition 2m08.499s +5.118s 123
20 Pietro Delli Guanti JD Motorsport 2m09.756s +6.375s 101
21 Lena Buhler R-ace GP 2m10.950s +7.569s 110
22 Nicola Marinangeli Bhaitech 2m10.956s +7.575s 102