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Norris beats Scott to top first day of Aragon Eurocup test

by Peter Allen
Lando Norris

Photo: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency / LAT Photographic

Lando Norris?edged out fellow Briton?Harrison Scott?to lead the first day of the final Eurocup Formula Renault pre-season test at Motorland Aragon ahead of next weekend’s opening round.

AVF driver Scott had been quickest in the morning with a time of 1m56.507s, 0.026s ahead of Tech 1’s former Formula 3 driver?Dorian Boccolacci.

Norris, who was quickest in the last test at Paul Ricard, posted a 1m55.860s to top?the afternoon, with Scott falling 0.047s short.

Josef Kaufmann Racing driver Norris explained that a growth spurt had made for a harder start to the day.

He said: ?We struggled a bit this morning. Basically, I’ve grown up a bit and I wasn?t comfortable in the Formula Renault 2.0. I also needed some time to get used to it again after the BRDC British F3 meeting. In the afternoon, we made it so I could push like I usually do on the three final runs, despite the wind that complicated matters.”

Scott said he’s been pleased with his progress over the pre-season period: ?It was a really positive day. During the tests in February, I hadn?t driven the car for several months. We could thus measure our huge progress; the pace was good all day whether on new, fresh or used tyres. We were right in the pace at Circuit Paul Ricard and here as well.?

Boccolacci was third in the afternoon ahead of Scott’s AVF team-mate?Henrique Chaves. R-ace GP drivers?Julien Falchero and?Will Palmer?in fifth and eighth sandwiched Norris’ stable-mates?Jehan Daruvala and?Robert Shwartzman, while?their own team-mate?Max Defourny was sidelined by neck pain.

An addition to the line-up for this test was former Koiranen driver?Philip Hamprecht?joining Cram Motorsport, taking 14th in the times.

Combined day one times
Pos Driver Team Session 1 Session 2
1 Lando Norris Josef Kauffmann Racing 1:57.780 1:55.860
2 Harrison Scott AVF 1:56.704 1:55.907
3 Dorian Boccolacci Tech 1 Racing 1:56.730 1:56.016
4 Henrique Chaves AVF 1:57.647 1:56.281
5 Julien Falchero R-ace GP 1:57.075 1:56.312
6 Jehan Daruvala Josef Kauffmann Racing 1:57.490 1:56.351
7 Robert Shwartzman Josef Kauffmann Racing 1:57.638 1:56.536
8 Will Palmer R-ace GP 1:57.146 1:56.577
9 Hugo de Sadeleer Tech 1 Racing 1:57.610 1:56.618
10 Sacha Fenestraz Tech 1 Racing 1:57.233 1:56.745
11 Ferdinand Habsburg Fortec Motorsports 1:57.307 1:56.849
12 Alexey Korneev JD Motorsport 1:57.167 1:56.864
13 Gabriel Aubry Tech 1 Racing 1:56.963 1:56.938
14 Philip Hamprecht Cram Motorsport 1:57.792 1:57.042
15 Vasily Romanov Fortec Motorsports 1:58.030 1:57.080
16 James Allen JD Motorsport 1:57.442 1:57.322
17 Nerses Isaakyan AVF 1:57.769 1:57.427
18 Rodrigo Pflucker Cram Motorsport 1:57.781 1:57.571
19 Bruno Baptista Fortec Motorsports 1:58.330 1:57.804
20 David Porcelli MGR Motorsport 1:58.550 1:58.076
21 David Richert Cram Motorsport 1:59.553 1:58.982
22 Julia Pankiewicz AVF 2:00.534 1:59.278