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Leclerc fastest on practice day as Eurocup FR2.0 returns in Hungary

by Ant Musker
Charles Leclerc

Photo: Eric Vargiolu/DPPI

Guest driver Charles Leclerc led the way on a wet practice day as the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 category returned to action for the first time since mid July.

The Fortec man, who has competed in two rounds previously this season, topped the times in the faster afternoon session in Hungary.

Leclerc found himself almost a second quicker than the next fastest man on track, Bruno Bonifacio of the Prema team. A further four tenths of a second behind was the British driver Jack Aitken.

Kevin Jorg, who is placed sixth in the drivers? standings, was fourth fastest in the session, followed by Callan O?Keefe and Gustav Malja. It was championship leader and newly-crowned Alps champion Nyck de Vries with the seventh fastest time of the session.

Matt Parry of the Fortec team recorded the eight best time with Steijn Schothorst of Manor MP in ninth. Alexander Albon rounded of the top ten times in the difficult conditions.

The slower morning practice had been dominated by de Vries, who held over a second advantage to the rest of the field. Many of the same names featured in the top ten, with Jorg third, Albon fifth, Parry seventh, Aitken eighth, Bonifacio ninth and Schothrorst tenth.

Andrea Pizzitola, who sits fourth in the championship, was the second quickest man with Ignazio D?Agosto fourth and Nick Cassidy sixth.

Practice results
Pos Driver Team Session 1 Session 2
1 Charles Leclerc Fortec Motorsports 2:04.895 2:00.294
2 Bruno Bonifacio Prema Powerteam 2:04.540 2:01.265
3 Jack Aitken Fortec Motorsports 2:04.471 2:01.692
4 Kevin Jorg Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:03.960 2:02.093
5 Callan O’Keeffe ART Junior Team 2:05.285 2:02.257
6 Gustav Malja Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:06.041 2:02.764
7 Nyck de Vries Koiranen GP 2:02.576 2:02.811
8 Matt Parry Fortec Motorsports 2:04.221 2:02.820
9 Steijn Schothorst Manor MP Motorsport 2:04.547 2:02.834
10 Alexander Albon KTR 2:04.040 2:02.866
11 Andrea Pizzitola Manor MP Motorsport 2:03.623 2:02.960
12 Hans Villemi Prema Powerteam 2:05.422 2:03.105
13 Martin Rump Fortec Motorsports 2:04.892 2:03.133
14 Ignazio D’Agosto Koiranen GP 2:03.972 2:03.358
15 Egor Orudzhev Tech 1 Racing 2:05.226 2:03.383
16 Anthoine Hubert Tech 1 Racing 2:06.288 2:03.587
17 Matthew Graham Strakka Racing No time 2:03.659
18 Luke Chudleigh Tech 1 Racing 2:07.218 2:03.699
19 Gregor Ramsay KTR 2:06.304 2:03.937
20 Jake Hughes Strakka Racing 2:05.182 2:04.159
21 Aurelien Panis ART Junior Team 2:05.723 2:04.181
22 Vasily Romanov Tech 1 Racing 2:05.308 2:04.201
23 Simon Gachet ART Junior Team 2:06.708 2:04.259
24 Nick Cassidy Koiranen GP 2:04.050 2:04.342
25 Ryan Tveter Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:07.320 2:04.391
26 James Allen ARTA Engineering 2:06.469 2:04.428
27 Dennis Olsen Prema Powerteam 2:04.662 2:04.920