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Rovera quickest in Friday practice at Paul Ricard

by Valentin Khorounzhiy


Jerez race winner Alessio Rovera posted the quickest time of the three Friday practice sessions ahead of Euroformula Open’s Paul Ricard round.

Rovera, who sits second in the standings and has switched from DAV Racing to BVM after the season opener, was the only driver to go quicker than 2:02.

A winner in one of the Paul Ricard races during EF Open’s Winter Series, the Italian managed his top time of the day in the first session, three tenths and a half clear of points leader Konstantin Tereshchenko.

Vitor Baptista and Yu Kanamaru, who make up the top four in the standings, were third and fourth here, with Diego Menchaca in fifth.

Only eighth in the morning, Igor Walilko then narrowly beat Tereshchenko and teammate Baptista in session two. Yarin Stern, whose first Euroformula Open podium came at Paul Ricard back in 2013, was fourth, while Andres Saravia made it three RP cars in the top five.

Finally, Baptista moved to the lead in the final run of the day, beating Rovera but coming up short of his overall best time. Stern, Kanamaru and Walilko made up the top five.

Combined session results
Pos. Driver Team S1 S2 S3
1 Alessio Rovera BVM Racing 2:01.958 2:03.025 2:02.435
2 Vitor Baptista RP Motorsport 2:02.898 2:02.642 2:02.198
3 Konstantin Tereshchenko Campos Racing 2:02.323 2:02.594 2:03.429
4 Yarin Stern Team West-Tec F3 2:03.214 2:02.830 2:02.511
5 Igor Walilko RP Motorsport 2:03.231 2:02.513 2:02.675
6 Yu Kanamaru EmiliodeVillota Motorsport 2:02.996 2:03.123 2:02.592
7 Andres Saravia RP Motorsport 2:03.367 2:02.967 2:02.761
8 Tanart Sathienthirakul Team West-Tec F3 2:03.346 2:03.944 2:02.791
9 Damiano Fioravanti RP Motorsport 2:03.618 2:03.302 2:02.824
10 Diego Menchaca Campos Racing 2:03.061 2:02.986 2:03.357
11 Henrique Baptista Campos Racing 2:03.220 2:04.192 2:03.309
12 William Barbosa BVM Racing 2:03.928 2:03.918 2:03.446
13 Dzhon Simonyan RP Motorsport 2:03.574 2:03.876 2:10.487
14 Antoni Ptak RP Motorsport 2:06.330 2:04.644 2:03.909
15 Leonardo Pulcini DAV Racing 2:05.168 2:04.086 2:03.957
16 Luis Michael Dorrbecker EmiliodeVillota Motorsport 2:05.113 2:05.876 2:04.370
17 Ahmad Al Ghanem Campos Racing 2:08.662 2:05.471 2:07.120
18 Jose Manuel Vilalta EmiliodeVillota Motorsport 2:08.472 2:05.898 2:05.954

Personal best time in bold
Best time of session in italics