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MP Motorsport sets the pace in Formula Renault Eurocup practice at Barcelona

by Ida Wood

Photo: Renault Sport

MP Motorsport pair Lorenzo Colombo and Victor Martins topped the two Formula Renault Eurocup free practice sessions at Barcelona.

Oscar Piastri started the day with the quickest time, but the championship leader and his R-ace GP team-mates generally couldn’t match MP.

Amaury Cordeel was the first of the MP drivers to head the timesheet, with Martins then taking top spot and Piastri reclaiming it before Colombo and Martins established themselves properly at the front.

In the afternoon, Colombo and Martins once again disputed first place on the timesheet and this time Martins triumphed by over a third of a second. The last few minutes of the session were interrupted by FA Racing by Drivex’s Brad Benavides beaching himself in the gravel.

Piastri went third fastest in that session, but was only sixth best across the day, behind team-mate Caio Collet and JD Motorsport’s Leonardo Lorandi and Ugo de Wilde.

The third R-ace GP car of Alexander Smolyar only managed six laps in the morning, and his afternoon efforts put him 14th overall.


Free Practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport 1m42.389s
2 Victor Martins MP Motorsport +0.243s
3 Caio Collet R-ace GP +0.606s
4 Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport +0.616s
5 Ugo de Wilde JD Motorsport +0.617s
6 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP +0.649s
7 Frank Bird Arden +0.687s
8 Kush Maini M2 Competition +0.698s
9 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +0.761s
10 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport +0.771s
11 Alex Quinn Arden +0.966s
12 Federico Malvestiti Bhaitech +1.179s
13 Franco Colapinto FA Racing by Drivex +1.224s
14 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP +1.331s
15 Brad Benavides FA Racing by Drivex +1.353s
16 Xavier Lloveras Global Racing Service +1.878s
17 Kilian Meyer M2 Competition +2.066s