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Leclerc tops pre-event FREC test at Mugello, Vips back with KIC

by Elliot Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Arthur Leclerc topped both morning sessions of Formula Regional European Championship’s pre-event Mugello test on Thursday to set the overall pace over the day.

The Monegasque was practically unrivalled over the day, with his Prema team-mate Oliver Rasmussen ending up getting closest by topping the final session of the day and getting within 0.145 seconds of his benchmark time.

Despite a shakey morning, championship leader Gianluca Petecof made it a Prema 1-2-3 only half a tenth further back.

As usual the Prema trio had a pace advantage, this time approximately half a second over KIC Motorsport’s lead drivers.

Red Bull junior Juri Vips was back with the Finnish team, having previously been non-committal to Formula Scout on whether he was returning to the series once his short spell in Formula 2 was done, and was fourth fastest after improving in the afternoon.

Vips, who missed the most recent round at the Red Bull Ring due to a clashing F2 weekend, is currently sixth in the standings and 122 points behind Petecof. He needs to finish several places higher to secure the FIA superlicence points needed to be eligible to race in Formula 1 next year.

His best lap from the afternoon put him ahead of team-mate Konsta Lappalainen, while other team-mate Patrik Pasma was fastest in the slower session three and ended the day in eighth place overall behind Van Amersfoort Racing’s Pierre-Louis Chovet and the fourth Prema driver Jamie Chadwick.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m41.986s 73
2 Oliver Rasmussen Prema 1m42.131s +0.145s 72
3 Gianluca Petecof Prema 1m42.192s +0.206s 69
4 Juri Vips KIC Motorsport 1m42.709s +0.723s 57
5 Konsta Lappalainen KIC Motorsport 1m42.758s +0.772s 67
6 Pierre-Louis Chovet Van Amersfoort Racing 1m42.972s +0.986s 67
7 Jamie Chadwick Prema 1m43.059s +1.073s 70
8 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport 1m43.089s +1.103s 63
9 Alessandro Famularo Van Amersfoort Racing 1m43.543s +1.557s 69
10 Emidio Pesce DR Formula by RP Motorsport 1m44.013s +2.027s 78
11 Gillian Henrion Gillian Track Events 1m45.418s +3.432s 54
12 Andrea Cola Monolite Racing 1m47.160s +5.174 72