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Lorenzo Colombo tops first Formula Renault Eurocup practice session at Paul Ricard

by Ida Wood

MP Motorsport’s Lorenzo Colombo set the pace in the first Formula Renault Eurocup free practice session at Paul Ricard.

The second-year driver set the pace pretty much throughout, only briefly being moved from the top of the times by R-ace GP’s Oscar Piastri and M2 Competition’s Kush Maini.

Most of the best times were set early in the second half of the session, with only a few improvements happening late on.

Piastri got within 0.126 seconds of Colombo’s 2m00.974s lap, pushing Maini down from second place with five minutes to go. His R-ace?team-mates Caio Collet and Alexander Smolyar were fourth and fifth fastest, and the only other two cars within a second of the pace.

Frank Bird (Arden) edged Ugo de Wilde (JD Motorsport) for sixth, while FA Racing by Drivex’s Callan O’Keeffe pushed MP Motorsport driver and championship leader Victor Martins down to ninth.

The session was stopped with just over two minutes to go after O’Keeffe’s team-mate Patrick Schott stopped on track at Turn 12.


Free Practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport 2m00.974s
2 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP +0.126s
3 Kush Maini M2 Competition +0.296s
4 Caio Collet R-ace GP +0.482s
5 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP +0.855s
6 Frank Bird Arden +1.068s
7 Ugo de Wilde JD Motorsport +1.087s
8 Callan O’Keeffe FA Racing by Drivex +1.182s
9 Victor Martins MP Motorsport +1.302s
10 Patrik Pasma Arden +1.324s
11 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport +1.536s
12 Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport +1.712s
13 Sebastian Fernandez Arden +2.032s
14 Xavier Lloveras Global Racing Service +2.258s
15 Joao Vieira JD Motorsport +2.294s
16 Brad Benavides FA Racing by Drivex +2.432s
17 Lucas Alecco Roy M2 Competition +2.547s
18 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +2.666s
19 Federico Malvestiti Bhaitech +3.182s
20 Patrick Schott FA Racing by Drivex +3.384s
21 Alessio Deledda Global Racing Service +3.734s