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Juri Vips fastest again in FREC’s Imola test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency

Super Formula racer Juri Vips was fastest again on the second day of Formula Regional European Championship’s Imola test.

The Red Bull-backed Estonian topped the times in the first and third sessions of the day, with Prema’s Gianluca Petecof setting the pace in the other two periods of on-track action.

Pipping Petecof to second fastest overall behind Vips was Matteo Nannini, who made up for his lack of mileage on the test’s first day.

The Italian, who is racing in FIA Formula 3 Championship this year with Jenzer Motorsport, drove for DR Formula and was 0.187 seconds off Vips’ pace.

Vips was driving for KIC Motorsport, and his presence seemed to boost the team’s regular drivers as Patrik Pasma was fourth once again and and improve 0.430s off his team-mate.

Karting graduate David Vidales was another driver who had limited track time on Thursday, but the US Racing driver made big strides on Friday and was fifth fastest.

His team-mate David Schumacher, another preparing for FIA F3, didn’t set any laps in the first session of the day and took longer to get up to pace, ending up only faster than W Series champion Jamie Chadwick (Prema).

Arthur Leclerc suffered the same problem as Schumacher in the second session, which was shortened by a red flag, meaning the Prema driver ended up a tenth up on Schumacher in 10th place.


Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Juri Vips KIC Motorsport 1m39.075s 75
2 Matteo Nannini DR Formula 1m39.262s +0.187s 71
3 Gianluca Petecof Prema 1m39.404s +0.329s 79
4 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport 1m39.505s +0.430s 76
5 David Vidales US Racing 1m39.791s +0.716s 68
6 Oliver Rasmussen Prema 1m40.012s +0.937s 81
7 Emidio Pesce DR Formula 1m40.096s +1.021s 74
8 Pierre-Louis Chovet Van Amersfoort Racing 1m40.280s +1.205s 52
9 Konsta Lappalainen KIC Motorsport 1m40.380s +1.305s 73
10 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m40.386s +1.311s 51
11 David Schumacher US Racing 1m40.489s +1.414s 51
12 Jamie Chadwick Prema 1m40.506s +1.431s 78