Strakka Racing’s newcomer Max Defourny emerged as a surprise pacesetter on day one of the Eurocup Formula Renault pre-season test at Le Mans.
Defourny, a podium finisher in FR1.6 NEC and French F4, vaulted to the top of the timesheets with two hours to go, clearing Jack Aitken by four tenths.
Rain hit the track shortly afterwards, nullifying any chance of further improvements for the rest of the running.
Despite the changing weather, Defourny’s lap ended up being the overall benchmark for day one, besting Aitken’s effort from a similarly mixed-conditions morning session.
While the Brit was second, Ben Barnicoat of his former team Fortec took third, just 0.004s clear of Tech 1’s Anthoine Hubert. Koiranen GP drivers Jake Hughes and Anton De Pasquale were fourth and fifth.
Valentin Hasse-Clot finished seventh in a second consecutive session, with Nikita Mazepin in eighth despite bringing out a late red flag.
Simon Gachet and Mathias Kristensen completed the top ten.
|1||Max Defourny||Strakka Racing||1:34.101|
|2||Jack Aitken||Koiranen GP||1:35.533||0.432|
|3||Ben Barnicoat||Fortec Motorsports||1:34.796||0.695|
|4||Anthoine Hubert||Tech 1 Racing||1:34.800||0.699|
|5||Jake Hughes||Koiranen GP||1:35.074||0.973|
|6||Anton De Pasquale||Koiranen GP||1:35.205||1.104|
|7||Valentin Hasse-Clot||Strakka Racing||1:35.215||1.114|
|8||Nikita Mazepin||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1:35.487||1.386|
|9||Simon Gachet||Tech 1 Racing||1:35.665||1.564|
|10||Mathias Kristensen||JD Motorsport||1:35.740||1.639|
|11||Martin Kodric||Fortec Motorsports||1:35.812||1.711|
|12||Jayde Kruger||Strakka Racing||1:35.979||1.878|
|13||Dennis Olsen||Manor MP Motorsport||1:36.111||2.010|
|14||Lasse Sorensen||Manor MP Motorsport||1:36.121||2.020|
|15||Hugo de Sadeleer||Tech 1 Racing||1:36.136||2.035|
|18||Amaury Richard||ARTA Engineering||1:37.074||2.973|
|19||James Allen||ARTA Engineering||1:37.093||2.992|