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Victor Martins tops lone Imola practice for Formula Renault Eurocup

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Francois Flamand / DPPI

Formula Renault Eurocup points leader Victor Martins topped the lone free practice session for the Formula 1 support event at Imola.

The ART Grand Prix driver put in a last minute flying lap to edge out Franco Colapinto with a 1m40.785s lap time.

Martins set the pace early in the session, but wouldn’t remain top of the order throughout. Team-mate Paul Aron, title rival Caio Collet and Lorenzo Colombo all took turns at the top of the times during the 50-minute session.

However, it was Martins setting the consistent quick times and who was top of the order with five minutes remaining.

Colombo, who had a lap time deleted for track limits, bounced back with a 1m40.898s time just before the chequered flag fell, but Martins and Colapinto were both able to improve on their final lap to knock him down to third.

Collet ended the morning in fourth ahead of David Vidales – who won both races at Imola on his single-seater debut in July.

The session came to a stop after less than 10 minutes when championship newcomer Abbi Pulling ran into the gravel at Villeneuve, bringing out the red flag. Her car was removed and the session resumed with 37 minutes remaining.

After his early stint at the front of the order, Aron dropped back to eighth by the chequered flag, behind team-mate Gregoire Saucy and Alex Quinn.

Practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m40.795s 21
2 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m40.808s +0.013s 22
3 Lorenzo Colombo Bhaitech 1m40.898s +0.103s 20
4 Caio Collet R-ace GP 1m41.017s +0.222s 20
5 David Vidales JD Motorsport 1m41.100s +0.305s 20
6 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m41.309s +0.514s 22
7 Alex Quinn Arden 1m41.365s +0.570s 21
8 Paul Aron ART Grand Prix 1m41.601s +0.806s 21
9 William Alatalo JD Motorsport 1m41.620s +0.825s 20
10 Petr Ptacek MP Motorsport 1m41.723s +0.928s 21
11 Hadrien David MP Motorsport 1m41.825s +1.030s 20
12 Ugo de Wilde Arden 1m42.064s +1.269s 20
13 Reshad de Gerus Arden 1m42.104s +1.309s 19
14 Tijmen van der Helm FA Racing by Manor 1m42.104s +1.309s 18
15 Michael Belov R-ace GP 1m42.246s +1.451s 13
16 Amaury Cordeel FA Racing by Manor 1m42.633s +1.838s 18
17 Nicola Marinangeli Bhaitech 1m42.924s +2.129s 19
18 Laszlo Toth Bhaitech 1m44.162s +3.367s 18
19 Abbi Pulling FA Racing by Manor 1m45.628s +4.833s 19