Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 debutant Dennis Olsen dominated the field in the first two practice sessions of the season at Motorland Aragon.
The Prema Powerteam rookie set the fastest time in the morning test with a time of 1m57.766s, then going on to smash that benchmark with a lap of 1m55.985s in the afternoon.
Olsen arrived at Prema this year after a strong season with Josef Kaufmann Racing in the FR2.0 NEC, coming third in his first season of single-seaters.
The Norweigen led the morning session ahead of one of the main favourites for the championship, Nyck de Vries, while Andrea Pizzitola was in third.
Fourth and fifth fastest were Alexander Albon and Bruno Bonifacio with rookie Callan O’Keeffe claiming the sixth fastest time. Aurelien Panis and Kevin Jorg were seventh and eighth in front of French F4 Champion Anthoine Hubert. Gustav Malja rounded up the top ten for the morning session.
The afternoon session included the exact same top ten minus Hubert, who was back in 16th as Prema?s Hans Villemi joined the pacesetters.
This time Bonifacio trailed his new team-mate Olsen, followed by Panis, Malja and De Vries.
Pizzitola continued to look quick in sixth with Villemi seventh fastest. Jorg, O?Keeffe and Albon were eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.
Combined practice times
|Pos||Driver||Team||Session 1||Session 2|
|1||Dennis Olsen||Prema Powerteam||1:57.766||1:55.985|
|2||Bruno Bonifacio||Prema Powerteam||1:58.027||1:56.338|
|3||Aurelien Panis||ART Junior Team||1:58.216||1:56.458|
|4||Gustav Malja||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1:58.516||1:56.488|
|5||Nyck De Vries||Koiranen GP||1:57.803||1:56.509|
|6||Andrea Pizzitola||Manor MP Motorsport||1:57.866||1:56.574|
|7||Hans Villemi||Prema Powerteam||1:59.140||1:56.627|
|8||Kevin Jorg||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1:58.253||1:56.667|
|9||Callan O’Keeffe||ART Junior Team||1:58.179||1:56.711|
|12||Matevos Isaakyan||JD Motorsport||1:58.690||1:56.861|
|13||Steijn Schothorst||Manor MP Motorsport||1:58.714||1:56.871|
|14||Simon Gachet||ARTA Engineering||2:06.730||1:56.879|
|15||Egor Orudzhev||Tech 1 Racing||1:58.797||1:56.882|
|16||Anthoine Hubert||Tech 1 Racing||1:58.494||1:56.952|
|17||Matt Parry||Fortec Motorsports||1:58.884||1:57.081|
|18||Jack Aitken||Fortec Motorsports||1:58.933||1:57.095|
|19||Ignazio D’Agosto||Koiranen GP||1:59.093||1:57.120|
|20||Levin Amweg||ART Junior Team||1:58.642||1:57.250|
|21||James Allen||ARTA Engineering||2:01.052||1:57.276|
|22||Ryan Tveter||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1:58.969||1:57.299|
|23||Nick Cassidy||Koiranen GP||1:58.670||1:57.380|
|24||Martin Rump||Fortec Motorsports||1:58.901||1:57.480|
|27||Vasily Romanov||Tech 1 Racing||1:59.179||1:57.824|
|29||Luke Chudleigh||Tech 1 Racing||1:59.380||1:58.177|
|30||Dennis Korneev||JD Motorsport||1:59.821||1:59.231|