ART Grand Prix’s Victor Martins set the pace in Wednesday afternoon free practice for the Formula Renault Eurocup at Spa-Francorchamps.
Having topped the wet morning session in the day’s pre-event test, Martins continued to show pace in the first practice of the weekend.
The championship leader was the only driver to set a time sub-2m16s, managing a lap in 2m15.919s late in the session.
That lap put him 0.293s ahead of MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto, and a further quarter-second clear of ART team-mate and Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior Paul Aron.
It was a relatively incident free session, but Aron suffered with limited running, completing only seven laps while most of the rest of the field managed around twice as many. Despite the relative lack of running, he ran at the sharp end throughout.
Early pacesetter Lorenzo Colombo was fourth quickest for Bhaitech, ahead of Renault F1 junior Caio Collet (R-ace GP) and Ugo de Wilde (Arden)
De Wilde’s team-mate Alex Quinn dropped back to seventh after running in the top three early on, while title contender David Vidales (JD Motorsport), Gregoire Saucy (ART GP) and Renault junior Hadrien David (MP) completed the top 10.
Kas Haverkort started his second weekend in the championship by going 13th fastest for MP. The Spanish Formula 4 points leader was 1.652s off the pace.
Free practice results
|1||Victor Martins||ART Grand Prix||2m15.919s||10|
|2||Franco Colapinto||MP Motorsport||2m16.212s||+0.293s||16|
|3||Paul Aron||ART Grand Prix||2m16.487s||+0.568s||7|
|5||Caio Collet||R-ace GP||2m16.535s||+0.616s||12|
|6||Ugo de Wilde||Arden||2m16.980s||+1.061s||14|
|8||David Vidales||JD Motorsport||2m17.080s||+1.161s||16|
|9||Gregoire Saucy||ART Grand Prix||2m17.232s||+1.313s||8|
|10||Hadrien David||MP Motorsport||2m17.235s||+1.316s||16|
|11||William Alatalo||JD Motorsport||2m17.268s||+1.349s||17|
|12||Amaury Cordeel||FA Racing by Manor||2m17.547s||+1.628s||10|
|13||Kas Haverkort||MP Motorsport||2m17.571s||+1.652s||16|
|14||Tijmen van der Helm||FA Racing by Manor||2m17.639s||+1.720s||16|
|15||Reshad de Gerus||Arden||2m18.175s||+2.256s||16|
|16||Petr Ptacek||R-ace GP||2m18.227s||+2.308s||12|