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Masson fastest as track limits catch out Eurocup-3 drivers at Jerez

by Ida Wood

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Campos Racing’s Esteban Masson topped the first three Eurocup-3 sessions of the week at Jerez, which all featured lots of laptimes being deleted over track limits abuse.

Track action began with a test session on Friday, and Masson was fastest by just 0.095 seconds over MP Motorsport’s Mari Boya. Although it was a closely contested top four, with Campos’s Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak and MP’s Bruno del Pino 0.191s and 0.205s off the pace respectively, only three other drivers were within a second of Masson’s benchmark laptime.

Two 40-minute practice sessions followed on Saturday, and Masson was fastest in both. In FP1 he had an advantage of 0.289s over Drivex School’s Nick Gilkes, and in FP2 was fastest by 0.103s over GRS’s debuting Nikola Tsolov. Only five drivers improved their pace in FP2, with Boya the highest placed overall of those in the combined timesheet as he was eighth fastest in practice.

The stewards took a lot of actino against drivers for track limits in the two sessions, but it did not stop drivers from continually going beyond the white lines.

Masson and Miron Pingasov were black flagged in FP1, and three-minute stop-go penalties were issued to Dario Cabanelas (driving for the debuting Sainteloc Racing team), Pingasov and the debuting Niels Koolen before red flags waved after Campos’s Suleiman Zanfari came to a stop in the final sector.

When action resumed with 10 minutes to go, Masson was in sixth place and over a second slower than the pace-setting Tsolov. He went fastest by 0.014s with four minutes left of practice by setting a 1m38.399s, then later improved to 1m38.310s to be exactly 0.4s slower than he had been in FP1.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Esteban Masson Campos Racing 1m37.910s 25
2 Nick Gilkes Drivex School 1m38.199s +0.289s 28
3 Nikola Tsolov GRS 1m38.245s +0.335s 25
4 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak Campos Racing 1m38.289s +0.379s 25
5 Sebastian Ogaard MP Motorsport 1m38.332s +0.422s 30
6 Bruno del Pino MP Motorsport 1m38.441s +0.531s 32
7 Francesco Braschi Campos Racing 1m38.511s +0.601s 28
8 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m38.625s FP2 25
9 Giorgios Markogiannis Palou Motorsport 1m38.903s +0.993s 37
10 Jose Garfias MP Motorsport 1m38.923s +1.013s 29
11 Daniel Nogales Drivex School 1m39.083s FP2 29
12 Miron Pingasov Paluo Motorsport 1m39.272s +1.362s 31
13 Dario Cabanelas Sainteloc Racing 1m39.354s +1.444s 31
14 Javier Sagrera Palou Motorsport 1m39.384s +1.474s 17
15 Sebastian Gravlund MP Motorsport 1m39.487s FP2 39
16 Suleiman Zanfari Campos Racing 1m39.540s +1.630s 20
17 Jorge Campos Palou Motorsport 1m39.728s FP2 30
18 Niels Koolen GRS 1m40.113s FP2 30