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Saucy and Hadjar matched at the top in FREC Paul Ricard test

by Ida Wood

Photo: FRECA

R-ace GP’s Isack Hadjar and ART Grand Prix’s Gregoire Saucy set identical laptimes to top the first day of Formula Regional European Championship’s pre-season test at Paul Ricard.

It was FA Racing’s Brad Benavides who was the first driver of the day to record a sub-two minute lap, before Arden’s Alex Quinn went fastest and remained in top spot for 50 minutes before Saucy displaced him and became the first to break into the 1m58s. He improved on that laptime once, before most drivers returned to the pits for a lengthy period of time.

Those who returned to track in the final 35 minutes to record improvements included Arden’s William Alatalo and R-ace’s Zane Maloney, who went third and fourth fastest behind Saucy and Quinn.

Drivers spent long durations in the pits again in the afternoon, and only 12 headed out in the first hour. Hadjar was on top at this point with a 1m58.549s, and he stayed there until almost the very end.

MP Motorsport’s drivers were pretty much the only ones to go on track in the middle of the session, having not even peeped out the garage prior to that and setting their first laps with just over an hour remaining of the day.

They didn’t shoot up the order, not benefiting from slipstreams as they were running spaced out, but when most of the field returned to track in the final 13 minutes it proved far easier to set personal bests.

Saucy set the fastest lap of the day, and there was near-constant changing of the positions just below him until Hadjar matched him with two minutes to go and be the only other driver in the 1m57s.

Quinn leapt up to third after the chequered flag, while Alatalo, Maloney, Prema’s Paul Aron and Beitske Visser were among the eight who didn’t improve in the afternoon.

W Series racer Visser was standing in at R-ace for Lena Buhler, who is currently ruled out by a broken hand.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m57.917s 60.
2 Isack Hadjar R-ace GP 1m57.917s +0.000s 29
3 Alex Quinn Arden 1m57.972s +0.055s 64.
4 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m58.026s +0.109s 20
5 Andrea Rosso FA Racing by MP 1m58.150s +0.233s 22
6 Thomas ten Brinke ART Grand Prix 1m58.157s +0.240s 29
7 William Alatalo Arden 1m58.337s +0.420s 65.
8 Kas Haverkort MP Motorsport 1m58.362s +0.445s 22
9 Zane Maloney R-ace GP 1m58.393s +0.476s 28
10 Hadrien David R-ace GP 1m58.467s +0.550s 29
11 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix 1m58.485s +0.568s 30
12 David Vidales Prema 1m58.747s +0.830s 33
13 Paul Aron Prema 1m58.805s +0.888s 35
14 Oliver Goethe MP Motorsport 1m58.834s +0.917s 22
15 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m58.881s +0.964s 33
16 Eduardo Barrichello JD Motorsport 1m58.910s +0.993s 23
17 Alexandre Bardinon FA Racing by MP 1m58.939s +1.022s 33
18 Pietro Delli Guanti Monolite Racing 1m59.009s +1.092s 42
19 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m59.083s +1.166s 38
20 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport 1m59.133s +1.216s 34
21 Elias Seppanen KIC Motorsport 1m59.138s +1.221s 35
22 Lorenzo Fluxa Van Amersfoort Racing 1m59.168s +1.251s 40
23 Nicola Marinangeli Arden 1m59.490s +1.573s 29
24 Brad Benavides DR Formula 1m59.500s +1.583s 32
25 Beitske Visser R-ace GP 1m59.501s +1.584s 27
26 Tommy Smith JD Motorsport 1m59.730s +1.813s 28
27 Gabriel Bortoleto DR Formula 1m59.780s +1.863s 28
28 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 1m59.877s +1.960s 29
29 Emidio Pesce DR Formula 2m00.174s +2.257s 30
30 Nico Gohler KIC Motorsport 2m00.707s +2.790s 22
31 Belen Garcia G4 Racing 2m01.073s +3.156s 20