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KIC’s Patrik Pasma leads Premas in FREC FP1 at Red Bull Ring

by Elliot Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

KIC Motorsport’s Patrik Pasma led the first Formula Regional European Championship practice session at the Red Bull Ring, as team-mate Konsta Lappalainen hit technical trouble.

Lappalainen was the first driver to set a representative quick lap, and was on the pace through the first 15 minutes of the 40-minute session.

He then pitted at the end of his first run, but the car wouldn’t start again when he wanted to leave the pits again and he then got out of his car and saw out the rest of the session on the pitwall.

Gianluca Petecof led Prema’s title-fighting trio and Pasma at the top of the times for much of the session, and in the final few minutes there was a flurry of improvements.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Pierre-Louis Chovet jumped up to second, then Pasma and then Petecof went top. Petecof then had his best lap deleted, handing first place on the timesheet back to Pasma.

There was no time for a response from Petecof as Monolite Racing’s Andrea Cola caused a red flag that the session did not restart from. Chovet therefore ended up in second place, ahead of Petecof and his Prema team-mates Arthur Lerclerc and Oliver Rasmussen.

Alessandro Famularo, making his belated debut with VAR, was seventh fastest, while KIC Motorsport’s debuting Juri Vips replacement Nico Gohler was eighth. Prema’s fourth car, driven by Jamie Chadwick, was 1.439s off the pace in 11th.

 

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport 1m26.325s 22
2 Pierre-Louis Chovet Van Amersfoort Racing 1m26.501s +0.176s 21
3 Gianluca Petecof Prema 1m26.534s +0.209s 20
4 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m26.688s +0.363s 20
5 Oliver Rasmussen Prema 1m26.825s +0.500s 21
6 Emidio Pesce DR Formula 1m26.967s +0.642s 19
7 Alessandro Famularo Van Amersfoort Racing 1m27.179s +0.854s 21
8 Nico Gohler KIC Motorsport 1m27.355s +1.030s 22
9 Konsta Lappalainen KIC Motorsport 1m27.608s +1.283s 8
10 Andrea Cola Monolite Racing 1m27.643s +1.318s 19
11 Jamie Chadwick Prema 1m27.764s +1.439s 20
12 Gillian Henrion Gillian Track Events 1m28.596s +2.271s 21