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Mini mega at Mugello on day one of FREC winter test

by Ida Wood

Photo: FRECA

ART Grand Prix’s Gabriele Mini was fastest on the opening day of Formula Regional European Championship testing at Mugello.

The post-season test, which also featured Euroformula team BVM Racing on track with Francesco Simonazzi, is taking place over three days this week and with two sessions on each day.

Incoming team Trident set the pace in the morning session on Thursday with Sami Meguetounif, with the young Frenchman over half a second up on the next best driver who was R-ace GP’s Gabriel Bortoleto.

The lap that put Bortoleto in second place, a 2m06.144s, was the benchmark for the rest of the drivers to beat through the middle of the morning session, with Mini and R-ace’s Hadrien David the only other two in the 2m06s.

David would end up not improving on his own lap from that time at any point in the day and ended Thursday down in 21st while Van Amersfoort Racing’s Kas Haverkort took over his third spot in the morning session before Meguetounif surpassed all of them in the final hour to end the running on top and as the only driver in the 2m05s.

After being jumped by Meguetounif in the morning, Bortoleto didn’t take long to get to the top again in the afternoon although at a slower pace than before. Havekort displaced him from first place with a 2m06.095s lap, before Mini then hooked together a 2m05.427s.

Haverkort closed the gap with a 2m05.834s, but Mini then broke into the 2m04s. Dilano van’t Hoff (MP Motorsport) and Joshua Duerksen (Arden) were able to do the same, with van’t Hoff bringing the pace down to 2m04.654s.

Mini put on a new set of tyres and returned to track in the hour after to reclaim first place with a 2m04.492s.

French Formula 4 champion Esteban Masson (R-ace) also improved to jump into fourth place, with the top nine covered by a second.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix 2m04.492s 81
2 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 2m04.654s +0.162s 63
3 Joshua Duerksen Arden 2m04.800s +0.308s 57
4 Esteban Masson R-ace GP 2m04.802s +0.310s 52
5 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing 2m04.905s +0.413s 59
6 Leonardo Fornaroli FA Racing by MP 2m05.060s +0.568s 63
7 Victor Bernier G4 Racing 2m05.153s +0.661s 75
8 Sami Meguetounif Trident 2m05.238s +0.746s 62
9 Francesco Pizzi FA Racing by MP 2m05.435s +0.943s 67
10 Gabriel Bortoleto R-ace GP 2m05.520s +1.028s 60
11 Owen Tangavelou G4 Racing 2m05.606s +1.114s 73
12 Tim Tramnitz ART Grand Prix 2m05.642s +1.150s 80
13 Filip Ugran Trident 2m05.820s +1.328s 70
14 Mari Boya Regium Motorsport 2m06.007s +1.515s 56
15 Francesco Braschi Trident 2m06.065s +1.573s 61
16 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 2m06.166s +1.674s 73
17 Roman Bilinski ART Grand Prix 2m06.277s +1.785s 77
18 Dexter Patterson Monolite Racing 2m06.365s +1.873s 68
19 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 2m06.422s +1.930s 39
20 Kirill Smal Arden 2m06.511s +2.019s 59
21 Hadrien David R-ace GP 2m06.834s +2.342s 47
22 Santiago Ramos DR Formula 2m06.873s +2.381s 76
23 Lorenzo Fluxa R-ace GP 2m07.098s +2.606s 50
24 Matias Zagazeta Arden 2m07.296s +2.804s 62
25 Joshua Dufek MP Motorsport 2m07.391s +2.899s 46
26 Daniel Ligier G4 Racing 2m08.112s +3.620s 67
27 Nicolas Baptiste FA Racing by MP 2m08.423s +3.931s 50
28 Levente Revesz Regium Motorsport 2m08.784s +4.292s 66