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Victor Martins ends Formula Renault Eurocup testing on top

by Cameron Paterson

Renault junior Victor Martins remained on top of the timesheets on the second and final day of Formula Renault Eurocup testing at Barcelona.

Martins set a time of 1m41.569s, just 0.025s slower than his track record set on the previous day, to lead MP Motorsport team-mate and fellow second-year Eurocup racer Lorenzo Colombo.

R-ace GP’s Caio Collet, also a Renault junior, was third faster, ahead of Kush Maini (M2 Competition) and Oscar Piastri (R-ace GP) in an order that stayed firmly constant up front in the morning.

Rain in the afternoon meant the best times were set in the morning for all but JD Motorsport’s Joao Vieira, with times likely to have bettered Tuesday’s running had the track remained dry.

Petr Ptacek was sixth overall for Bhaitech, ahead of lead Arden driver Sebastian Fernandez and SMP Racing-backed Alexander Smolyar in the third R-ace GP car.

Fernandez’s team-mate Frank Bird was ninth, heading five drivers all within a tenth of his morning benchmark.

FA Racing by Drivex?s Patrick Schott – 18th in the morning – posted the best time of the opening 30 minutes of the afternoon before the unrelenting rain arrived.

Schott submitted a 1m43.008s to go fastest, with Ptacek, Esteban Muth (M2), Vieira and Maini in the top five with him.

Drivers were initially hesitant to head out in the wet conditions, with laps taking over two minutes to complete at first, but the times tumbled and 21 of the drivers managed to break the 1m50s mark on wet tyres. The only driver who didn’t was Smolyar, who failed to set a lap at all.


Day two results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 1m41.569s
2 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport +0.190s
3 Caio Collet R-ace GP +0.392s
4 Kush Maini M2 Competition +0.457s
5 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP +0.463s
6 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +0.525s
7 Sebastian Fernandez Arden +0.662s
8 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP +0.711s
9 Frank Bird Arden +0.818s
10 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport +0.861s
11 Federico Malvestiti Bhaitech +0.874s
12 Ugo de Wilde JD Motorsport +0.888s
13 Callan O’Keeffe FA Racing by Drivex +0.893s
14 Esteban Muth M2 Competition +0.898s
15 Patrik Pasma Arden +0.991s
16 Brad Benavides FA Racing by Drivex +1.083s
17 Yves Baltas M2 Competition +1.155s
18 Patrick Schott FA Racing by Drivex +1.174s
19 Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport +1.411s
20 Xavier Lloveras Global Racing Service +1.453s
21 Joao Vieira JD Motorsport +1.932s
22 Alessio Deledda Global Racing Service +2.497s