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R-P-M’s Ramos fastest in FREC testing at Mugello

by Ida Wood

Photo: FRECA

Race Performance Motorsport’s Santiago Ramos set the pace in the pre-event test session for the Formula Regional European Championship at Mugello.

The four-and-a-half hour session started at 9am local time, with the opening hour noticable for Prema’s Rafael Camara only setting five reconnaissance laps before returning to the pits for the rest of the day.

Roman Bilinski led Nikhil Bohra in a Trident one-two after 72 minutes had passed in the session, with the pair split by 0.014 seconds. ART Grand Prix’s Laurens van Hoepen was 0.045s off Bilinki’s 1m44.619s benchmark in third place.

A few minutes later it was a Prema one-two, with Lorenzo Fluxa setting a 1m44.247s to lead Andrea Kimi Antonelli by 0.136s. Bilinski and Bohra improved in third and fourth, and ART GP#’s Charlie Wurz was fifth with a 1m44.455s laptime.

Most drivers were returning to the pits not long after that, but once they returned to track they mostly improved. Monolite Racing’s Kirill Smal jumped up to second place, just a thousandth of a second slower than Fluxa, before heading back to the pits.

After one hour-and-45 minutes of action Fluxa still sat at the top, with Ramos down in 10th but only 0.319s off the pace in a top 19 covered by 0.924s and completed by R-ace GP’s points leader Martinius Stenshorne.

He opted to stay on track, and jumped all the way up to first place with a 1m43.672s. Fluxa was shuffled down to fifth by the two-hour mark as Kas Haverkort, Tim Tramnitz and Joshua Dufek all bettered him too.

There was then very little track activity in the next half-hour, in part due to Monolite’s Giovanni Maschio bringing out red flags, but before the session was stopped Ramos went to the top with a 1m43.554s.

It had restarted with 1h50m still to go, and Antonelli improved to rise into fourth. Van Amersfoort Racing’s Haverkort trimmed Ramos’s advantage down to 0.098s in the fourth hour, but he responded with a 1m43.261s that put him 0.391s clear, with drivers spending most of their time in the pits before another red flag period with 50 minutes to go instigated by Monolite’s Enzo Scionti.

In the brief period before the next red flag stoppage, Stenshorne improved to get within 0.026s of Ramos and Owen Tangavlou jumped from 18th to fifth.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Santiago Ramos R-P-M 1m43.261s 39
2 Martinius Stenshorne R-ace GP 1m43.287s +0.026s 46
3 Tim Tramnitz R-ace GP 1m43.463s +0.202s 42
4 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing 1m43.652s +0.391s 36
5 Owen Tangavelou Trident 1m43.711s +0.450s 46
6 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m43.732s +0.471s 47
7 Matias Zagazeta R-ace GP 1m43.833s +0.572s 42
8 Lorenzo Fluxa Prema 1m43.908s +0.647s 46
9 Maya Weug KIC Motorsport 1m43.963s +0.702s 33
10 Charlie Wurz ART Grand Prix 1m43.982s +0.721s 58
11 Marcus Amand ART Grand Prix 1m43.983s +0.722s 54
12 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing 1m44.050s +0.789s 41
13 Maceo Capietto R-P-M 1m44.059s +0.798s 39
14 Alessandro Giusti G4 Racing 1m44.063s +0.802s 39
15 Nikhil Bohra Trident 1m44.076s +0.815s 39
16 Michael Belov G4 Racing 1m44.077s +0.816s 38
17 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m44.095s +0.834s 53
18 Roman Bilinski Trident 1m44.153s +0.892s 47
19 Joshua Duerksen Arden 1m44.215s +0.954s 33
20 Kirill Smal Monolite Racing 1m44.248s +0.987s 37
21 Tom Lebbon Arden 1m44.680s +1.419s 37
22 Konsta Lappalainen KIC Motorsport 1m44.760s +1.499s 40
23 Enzo Scionti Monolite Racing 1m44.993s +1.732s 38
24 Levente Revesz Arden 1m45.049s +1.788s 37
25 Emmo Fittipaldi Sainteloc Racing 1m45.822s +2.561s 44
26 Giovanni Maschio Monolite Racing 1m45.930s +2.669s 23
27 Niels Koolen Van Amersfoort Racing 1m46.058s +2.797s 29
28 Lucas Medina Sainteloc Racing 1m46.169s +2.908s 40
29 Rafael Camara Prema 1m59.254s +15.993s 5