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Leclerc laps fastest in FREC’s second Paul Ricard free practice

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Formula Scout

Arthur Leclerc headed Patrik Pasma in Formula Regional European Championship’s second free practice session of the weekend at Paul Ricard.

Points leader Gianluca Petecof was the driver to beat at first, but the Prema driver was then rivalled by Van Amersfoort Racing’s Pierre-Louis Chovet once the Frenchman got up to speed.

His driver coach, and team-mate for the weekend, Facu Regalia also quickly got into a rhythm and stayed within a second of the pace even as the times improved.

Drivers split the session into two runs, and it was Petecof’s team-mate Arthur Leclerc and KIC Motorsport’s Pasma who made the most of their set-up tweaks to be a comfortable first and second on the timesheet.

Chovet and Petecof dropped almost half a second to them in third and fourth, with the second KIC car of Konsta Lappalainen a little further behind in fifth. He outpaced his illustrious team-mate Juri Vips, who started the session with the quickest lap but then couldn’t find the same improvements as his rivals.

Prema’s Oliver Rasmussen and Regalia were the only other two drivers within a second of the pace.

 

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m58.059s 16
2 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport 1m58.410s +0.351s 16
3 Pierre-Louis Chovet Van Amersfoort Racing 1m58.480s +0.421s 14
4 Gianluca Petecof Prema 1m58.582s +0.523s 16
5 Konsta Lappalainen KIC Motorsport 1m58.677s +0.618s 15
6 Juri Vips KIC Motorsport 1m58.726s +0.667s 16
7 Oliver Rasmussen Prema 1m58.790s +0.731s 15
8 Facu Regalia Van Amersfoort Racing 1m59.000s +0.941s 14
9 Jamie Chadwick Prema 1m59.595s +1.536s 16
10 Emidio Pesce DR Formula 1m59.875s +1.816s 15
11 Gillian Henrion Gillian Track Events 2m00.159s +2.100s 15
12 Andrea Cola Monolite Racing 2m00.525s +2.466s 15