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R-ace GP’s Hadrien David ends FREC’s first 2021 test at Imola on top

by Ida Wood

Photo: FREC

Hadrien David ended Formula Regional European Championship’s pre-season Imola test on top after setting the fastest lap of the week in the final session.

Thursday’s two sessions were frequently interrupted, the first red flag stoppage being caused by Tommy Smith (JD Motorsport) getting stuck in the Turn 2 gravel. Next up was Elias Seppnanen (KIC Motorsport) with technical problems stopping his car at Turn 12, and then Oliver Goethe (MP Motorsport) with a crash at Turn 20.

David was persistently the driver at the top throughout that, laying down an early 1m38.754s and soon clearing the marker he’d laid down the day before.

In the middle of the session a brilliant lap by ART Grand Prix’s Gabriele Mini lifted him to first place and his 1m37.996s ended up going unbeaten.

There was drama after though, with R-ace’s Zane Maloney losing a lap to a technical infringement, KIC’s Nico Gohler causing another red flag and Maloney’s team-mate Lena Buhler failing to even leave the pits.

David was one of the first on track in the afternoon, and he sat atop the timesheet for the first half-hour until Monolite Racing’s Pietro Delli Guanti surprised with a 1m38.801s that vaulted him to top spot.

Delli Guanti’s glory was short-lived, as David reclaimed first place and technical issues hit Delli Guanti’s car which caused another red flag. Gohler had more mechnical woes that led to reds being waved again before laptimes could improve, and it was Van Amersfoort Racing’s Francesco Pizzi who eventually dethroned David with 43 minutes to go of the test by setting a 1m38.320s.

David responded with a 1m37.954s, and his R-ace team-mate Isack Hadjar then matched Mini’s morning benchmark to go second fastest. There were two more red flags to end the day, caused by Gabriel Bortoleto (DR Formula) and Patrik Pasma (KIC).

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Hadrien David R-ace GP 1m37.954s 67
2 Isack Hadjar R-ace GP 1m37.996s +0.042s 79
3 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix 1m37.996s +0.042s 81
4 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m38.094s +0.140s 59
5 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m38.214s +0.260s 63
6 William Alatalo Arden 1m38.265s +0.311s 78
7 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m38.296s +0.342s 84
8 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport 1m38.305s +0.351s 61
9 Andrea Rosso FA Racing by MP 1m38.313s +0.359s 52
10 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m38.324s +0.370s 50
11 Pietro Delli Guanti Monolite Racing 1m38.349s +0.395s 68
12 Alex Quinn Arden 1m38.376s +0.422s 87
13 Zane Maloney R-ace GP 1m38.444s +0.490s 77
14 Paul Aron Prema 1m38.447s +0.493s 61
15 Thomas ten Brinke ART Grand Prix 1m38.583s +0.629s 67
16 Elias Seppanen KIC Motorsport 1m38.593s +0.639s 53
17 Kas Haverkort MP Motorsport 1m38.666s +0.712s 45
18 Gabriel Bortoleto DR Formula 1m38.667s +0.713s 83
19 Oliver Goethe MP Motorsport 1m38.673s +0.719s 46
20 Eduardo Barrichello JD Motorsport 1m38.705s +0.751s 60
21 David Vidales Prema 1m38.718s +0.764s 58
22 Tommy Smith JD Motorsport 1m38.810s +0.856s 52
23 Lorenzo Fluxa Van Amersfoort Racing 1m38.896s +0.942s 76
24 Mari Boya FA Racing by MP 1m39.107s +1.153s 60
25 Brad Benavides DR Formula 1m39.165s +1.211s 71
26 Emidio Pesce DR Formula 1m39.354s +1.400s 75
27 Nicola Marinangeli Arden 1m39.467s +1.513s 68
28 Jasin Ferati Monolite Racing 1m39.523s +1.569s 64
29 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 1m39.643s +1.692s 72
30 Nico Gohler KIC Motorsport 1m40.100s +2.146s 68
31 Alexandre Bardinon FA Racing by MP 1m40.129s +2.175s 51
32 Lena Buhler R-ace GP no time 0