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Ticktum and Daruvala top NEC practice sessions at Spa

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Formula Renault 2.0 NEC

Photo: Formula Renault 2.0 NEC

Fortec’s Jehan Daruvala set the quickest time of the second practice session in Formula Renault NEC at Spa, while the first session went to newcomer Daniel Ticktum.

Ticktum, an MSA Formula frontrunner who is making his FR2.0 debut with Koiranen, beat Daruvala by a tenth in the final minutes of the opening practice, with MGR’s Colin Noble a further tenth down in third.

Championship leader Louis Deletraz was sixth, two spots below main title rival and teammate Kevin Jorg, with the JKR duo split by Alps series regular Philip Hamprecht.

Ukyo Sasahara took seventh, ahead of Nikita Mazepin, Josef Zaruba and Ferdinand Habsburg.

Daruvala, fresh off taking his two first poles in cars in last week’s Alps round, took over at the top with four minutes remaining in session two.

Fellow Fortec rookie Habsburg moved up to second before Daruvala posted two further improvements to end up almost half a second clear.

Deletraz and Jorg were fourth and fifth, leading the rookie trio of Alex Gill, Mazepin and Max Defourny.

After an early end to his morning session, Callan O’Keeffe moved up to eighth in the afternoon, with Stefan Riener and Henrique Chaves making up the top ten.

Combined practice results
Pos. Driver Team S1 S2
1 Jehan Daruvala Fortec Motorsports 2:19.732 2:19.093
2 Ferdinand Habsburg Fortec Motorsports 2:20.484 2:19.572
3 Dan Ticktum Koiranen GP 2:19.630 2:20.770
4 Louis Deletraz Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:20.047 2:19.742
5 Kevin Jorg Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:19.889 2:19.850
6 Colin Noble MGR Motorsport 2:19.852 2:21.197
7 Philip Hamprecht Koiranen GP 2:19.890 2:21.427
8 Alex Gill Fortec Motorsports 2:20.513 2:20.008
9 Nikita Mazepin Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:20.267 2:20.127
10 Max Defourny ART Junior Team 2:20.571 2:20.193
11 Ukyo Sasahara ART Junior Team 2:20.205 2:20.778
12 Callan O’Keeffe Fortec Motorsports 2:21.400 2:20.205
13 Stefan Riener Koiranen GP 2:21.037 2:20.240
14 Josef Zaruba AVF 2:20.439 2:21.007
15 Henrique Chaves AVF 2:21.130 2:20.458
16 Dries Vanthoor Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:20.999 2:20.497
17 Darius Oskoui ART Junior Team 2:21.054 2:20.770
18 Bruno Baptista Koiranen GP 2:21.836 2:21.331
19 Bartlomiej Mirecki BM Racing 2:22.543 2:21.438
20 Pontus Fredricsson Prizma Motorsport 2:21.951 2:22.067
21 Kevin Kleveros Prizma Motorsport 2:22.918 2:22.176
22 Inigo Bikuna AVF 2:23.072 2:22.433
23 Pietro Peccenini TS Corse 2:22.527 2:22.655
24 Charlie Eastwood AVF 2:21.020 2:24.242
25 David Richert Inter Europol 2:26.896 2:23.191

Personal best time in bold
Best time of session in italics