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Strakka’s Hasse-Clot quickest on drying track

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: DPPI / Renault Sport Media

Photo: DPPI / Renault Sport Media

French F4 graduate Valentin Hasse-Clot set the fastest lap during the morning session of day two of Eurocup Formula Renault testing at Le Mans.

Hasse-Clot, 19, became the second Strakka Racing driver to top a session this test after Max Defourny set the pace in yesterday’s afternoon run.

It was yet another session affected by rain, with the track remaining damp for most of the allotted time and only starting to dry in the final hour.

With times dropping rapidly, Hasse-Clot pulled into the lead with ten minutes to go and would remain unchallenged thanks to a red flag brought out by fellow French F4 alumnus Amaury Richard.

Fortec’s NEC champion Ben Barnicoat was the only driver to stay within a second of Hasse-Clot, finishing in the top three for a third session straight.

Anton De Pasquale of Koiranen GP took P3, with Richard ending up in fourth place.

Pre-season favorites Dennis Olsen, Kevin Jorg and Jack Aitken slotted in between fifth and seventh, ahead of Lasse Sorensen, Simon Gachet and Jake Hughes.

Session results
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Valentin Hasse-Clot Strakka Racing 1:41.698 44
2 Ben Barnicoat Fortec Motorsports 1:42.519 0.821 41
3 Anton De Pasquale Koiranen GP 1:42.701 1.003 42
4 Amaury Richard ARTA Engineering 1:44.367 2.669 39
5 Dennis Olsen Manor MP Motorsport 1:44.771 3.073 39
6 Kevin Jorg Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:44.993 3.295 38
7 Jack Aitken Koiranen GP 1:45.178 3.480 30
8 Lasse Sorensen Manor MP Motorsport 1:45.212 3.514 45
9 Simon Gachet Tech 1 Racing 1:45.358 3.660 40
10 Jake Hughes Koiranen GP 1:46.008 4.310 41
11 Louis Deletraz Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:46.393 4.695 45
12 James Allen ARTA Engineering 1:46.942 5.244 39
13 Charlie Eastwood Strakka Racing 1:47.155 5.457 34
14 Anthoine Hubert Tech 1 Racing 1:47.473 5.775 36
15 Thiago Vivacqua JD Motorsport 1:47.554 5.856 44
16 Henrique Chaves AVF 1:47.633 5.935 33
17 Martin Kodric Fortec Motorsports 1:48.351 6.653 32
18 Harrison Scott AVF 1:48.399 6.701 32
19 Callan O’Keeffe Fortec Motorsports 1:48.616 6.918 41
20 Matevos Isaakyan JD Motorsport 1:48.887 7.189 35
21 Hugo de Sadeleer Tech 1 Racing 1:49.439 7.741 37
22 Max Defourny Strakka Racing 1:49.543 7.845 33
23 Mathias Kristensen JD Motorsport 1:49.814 8.116 33
24 Luke Chudleigh Fortec Motorsports 1:51.295 9.597 36
25 Nikita Mazepin Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:52.561 10.863 27