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Mini tops first day of FREC pre-season testing at Barcelona

by Jordan Edwards

Photo: FRECA

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

The morning session was uneventful bar rain in the last 15 minutes, which led to most drivers returning to the pits early.

Mini set the pace with a 1m40.497s lap, 0.288 seconds faster than Prema’s Dino Beganovic and 0.379s up on Van Amersfoort Racing’s Kas Haverkort who completed the top three.

R-ace GP was the first team on track, with its drivers topping the times before FA Racing’s Victor Bernier hit trouble in sector one and caused the session to be red flagged.

Haverkort and Beganovic lowered the pace once action resumed, with Beganovic ahead by 0.326s at the end of the first hour of four.

Arden’s Eduardo Barrichello lapped 0.004s slower over half an hour later while most drivers sat in garages. Haverkort then returned to the top, breaking into the 1m40s on a mostly empty track 40 minutes after, before another red flag caused by KIC Motorsport’s Francesco Braschi. 

Laptimes across the top 10 improved after the restart, with Beganovic regaining first place before Mini bettered him just as rain arrived.

MP ran a fourth car for Abbi Pulling, but she encountered problems and was unable to put in meaningful laptimes, with KIC’s Santiago Ramos also not lapping competitively.

R-ace was again first out in the afternoon session, which had little activity. Gabriel Bortoleto was on top from start to finish, with Arden’s Joshua Duerksen 0.099s slower in second. He was one of 17 improvers (all outside of the morning top 13) and ended the day eighth overall, with Bortoleto’s R-ace team-mate Hadrien David rising to 10th by being third fastest in the afternoon.

Additional reporting by Ida Wood

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix 1m40.497s 72
2 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m40.785s +0.288s 85
3 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing 1m40.876s +0.379s 63
4 Eduardo Barrichello Arden 1m40.952s +0.455s 49
5 Gabriel Bortoleto R-ace GP 1m41.026s +0.529s 77
6 Victor Bernier FA Racing by MP 1m41.224s +0.727s 67
7 Michael Belov MP Motorsport 1m41.267s +0.770s 55
8 Joshua Duerksen Arden 1m41.275s +0.778s 61
9 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing 1m41.317s +0.820s 68
10 Hadrien David R-ace GP 1m41.327s +0.830s 78
11 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m41.382s +0.885s 73
12 Paul Aron Prema 1m41.427s +0.930s 83
13 Tim Tramnitz Trident 1m41.458s +0.961s 80
14 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport 1m41.479s +0.982s 64
15 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 1m41.517s +1.020s 63
16 Noel Leon Arden 1m41.545s +1.048s 63
17 Maceo Capietto Monolite Racing 1m41.549s +1.052s 77
18 Esteban Masson FA Racing by MP 1m41.641s +1.144s 65
19 Mari Boya ART Grand Prix 1m41.651s +1.154s 65
20 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m41.669s +1.172s 87
21 Nicolas Baptiste FA Racing by MP 1m41.755s +1.258s 56
22 Owen Tangavelou G4 Racing 1m41.770s +1.273s 87
23 Pietro Delli Guanti R-P-M 1m41.802s +1.305s 75
24 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m41.893s +1.396s 72
25 Roman Bilinski Trident 1m41.899s +1.402s 72
26 Levente Revesz Van Amersfoort Racing 1m41.923s +1.426s 66
27 Lorenzo Fluxa R-ace GP 1m41.925s +1.428s 76
28 Matias Zagazeta G4 Racing 1m42.040s +1.543s 57
29 Cenyu Han Monolite Racing 1m42.356s +1.859s 72
30 Francesco Braschi KIC Motorsport 1m42.425s +1.928s 62
31 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 1m42.497s +2.000s 76
32 Lena Buhler R-ace GP 1m42.684s +2.187s 81
33 Pietro Armanni Monolite Racing 1m42.762s +2.265s 76
34 Santiago Ramos KIC Motorsport 1m42.826s +2.329s 34
35 Keith Donegan R-P-M 1m43.096s +2.599s 63
36 Belen Garcia G4 Racing 1m43.359s +2.862s 64
37 Juju Noda R-P-M 1m43.685s +3.188s 66
38 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema 1m44.044s +3.547s 68
39 Abbi Pulling MP Motorsport 1m44.393s +3.896s 29
40 Piotr Wisnicki KIC Motorsport 1m48.454s +7.957s 30