Kas Haverkort and Van Amersfoort Racing were fastest at their home track Zandvoort in the pre-event Formula Regional European Championship test session at the circuit.
The session ran for two hours on Thursday afternoon, and at the very start it was R-ace GP’s Gabriel Bortoleto who set the pace. He slid down the order as the test went on though, although his time in first place was prolonged by an early red flag.
ART Grand Prix’s Gabriele Mini had moved the benchmark pace from the 1m33s to the 1m32s after 40 minutes, with Prema’s Paul Aron and R-ace’s Lorenzo Fluxa his closest rivals while VAR’s Joshua Dufek became the first of several drivers to have laptimes deleted due to exceeding track limits at the third corner.
Hadrien David posted the new fastest time some minutes later, but his small gain didn’t put him in first place for long as soon Haverkort and then Aron brought the pace down further.
The first hour ended with Aron on top with a 1m32.084s lap, but very soon after he was usurped too by Mini who became the first driver to break into the 1m31s before the second red flag stoppage.
Mini was unable to improve on that afterwards, and when a large group of drivers went out on a gripped up track at the end they knocked him down to fifth.
Haverkort went fastest with seven minutes to go, setting a 1m32.739s, with ART GP’s Mari Boya jumping up to second place at the very end to push David down to third and created a top three split by little over half a tenth of a second.
MP Motorsport’s Michael Belov also made a very late gain in pace to go fourth fastest, ahead of Mini, Aron (another whose ultimate pace stagnated earlier in the session), Dufek and MP’s Sami Meguetounif.
Free practice results
|1||Kas Haverkort||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m31.739s||32|
|2||Mari Boya||ART Grand Prix||1m31.751s||+0.012s||33|
|3||Hadrien David||R-ace GP||1m31.791s||+0.052s||36|
|4||Michael Belov||MP Motorsport||1m31.890s||+0.151s||33|
|5||Gabriele Mini||ART Grand Prix||1m31.998s||+0.259s||34|
|7||Joshua Dufek||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m32.075s||+0.336s||32|
|8||Sami Meguetounif||MP Motorsport||1m32.122s||+0.383s||33|
|10||Laurens van Hoepen||ART Grand Prix||1m32.255s||+0.516s||34|
|12||Maceo Capietto||Monolite Racing||1m32.319s||+0.580s||35|
|14||Owen Tangavelou||G4 Racing||1m32.512s||+0.773s||33|
|15||Victor Bernier||FA Racing by MP||1m32.596s||+0.857s||29|
|16||Pietro Delli Guanti||R-P-M||1m32.596s||+0.857s||34|
|19||Lorenzo Fluxa||R-ace GP||1m32.664s||+0.925s||33|
|21||Esteban Masson||FA Racing by MP||1m32.778s||+1.039s||29|
|22||Francesco Braschi||KIC Motorsport||1m32.907s||+1.168s||35|
|25||Santiago Ramos||KIC Motorsport||1m33.097s||+1.358s||32|
|26||Levente Revesz||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m33.196s||+1.457s||31|
|27||Gabriel Bortoleto||R-ace GP||1m33.272s||+1.533s||5|
|28||Matias Zagazeta||G4 Racing||1m33.394s||+1.655s||29|
|29||Dilano van’t Hoff||MP Motorsport||1m33.816s||+2.077s||29|
|31||Axel Gnos||G4 Racing||1m33.972s||+2.233s||34|
|32||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Prema||1m33.993s||+2.254s||34|
|33||Cenyu Han||Monolite Racing||1m34.010s||+2.271s||30|
|34||Pietro Armanni||Monolite Racing||1m34.073s||+2.334s||32|
|35||Piotr Wisnicki||KIC Motorsport||1m34.246s||+2.507s||23|
|36||Nicolas Baptiste||FA Racing by MP||1m34.424s||+2.685s||35|