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Tramnitz tops day two of post-season FREC Red Bull Ring test

by Ida Wood

R-ace GP’s Tim Tramnitz was fastest on day two of private Formula Regional European Championship testing at the Red Bull Ring.

In cool conditions there were several red flags during Wednesday’s running, and Tramnitz’s test team-mate Gabriel Bortoleto – fastest on Tuesday – set the pace early in the morning ahead of Prema’s Dino Beganovic.

In the final hour of the session there was trouble for Ricardo Escotto in Cram Motorsport’s Formula 4 car, which briefly led to the session being stopped. Arden’s Eduardo Barrichello had gone fastest at that point, and he stayed in first place until the final 11 minutes when Tramnitz went almost two tenths of a second faster.

Barrichello improved late on after a second red flag period but couldn’t reclaim top spot, 0.002s slower than Tramnitz.

Bortoleto ended up in third, and Arden’s second car driven by Joshua Duerksen was fourth fastest and within a tenth of the pace.

Beganovic was shuffled down to sixth, with a late effort by French F4 champion Esteban Masson putting him ahead in his MP Motorsport-run FA Racing car.

Joshua Dufek was fastest for MP’s main team through the first 45 minutes of the afternoon session, but the Italian F4 race-winner ended it down in 18th place in a session where few could match their morning pace.

Beganovic took over from Dufek at the top before Duerksen went half a second faster than anyone towards the end of the first hour. G4 Racing’s French F4 graduate Owen Tangavelou caused a red flag stoppage after that, and R-ace then made use of an empty track to send out Tramnitz and Bortoleto.

The pair went one-two, then for the remaining 90 minutes didn’t go any faster. Tramnitz went unbeaten though, and was actually 0.015s than his morning benchmark.

The next best improver was ART Grand Prix’s Mari Boya, who brought himself into the top 10 for the day.

FA Racing’s Sami Meguetounif caused the final red flag in an otherwise quiet end to running.

Prema’s Charlie Wurz was the fastest F4 driver with a 1m31.843s, 0.037s up on Escotto, and James Wharton was slowest.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Tim Tramnitz R-ace GP 1m25.572s 78
2 Eduardo Barichello Arden 1m25.589s +0.017s 85
3 Gabriel Bortoleto R-ace GP 1m25.647s +0.075s 78
4 Joshua Duerksen Arden 1m25.665s +0.093s 82
5 Esteban Masson FA Racing by MP 1m25.730s +0.158s 76
6 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m25.733s +0.161s 84
7 Sami Meguetounif FA Racing by MP 1m25.792s +0.220s 83
8 Pietro Delli Guanti MP Motorsport 1m25.857s +0.285s 72
9 Mari Boya ART Grand Prix 1m26.027s +0.455s 88
10 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 1m26.163s +0.591s 102
11 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m26.184s +0.612s 90
12 Roman Bilinski R-ace GP 1m26.260s +0.688s 81
13 Matias Zagazeta R-ace GP 1m26.312s +0.740s 77
14 Kirill Smal Prema 1m26.315s +0.743s 86
15 Owen Tangavelou G4 Racing 1m26.385s +0.813s 86
16 Levente Revesz Arden 1m26.416s +0.844s 92
17 Leonardo Fornaroli Prema 1m26.453s +0.881s 85
18 Nicolas Baptsiste FA Racing by MP 1m26.480s +0.908s 63
19 Joshua Dufek MP Motorsport 1m26.493s +0.921s 78
20 Daniel Ligier G4 Racing 1m26.557s +0.985s 71
21 Christian Mansell ART Grand Prix 1m26.571s +0.999s 96
22 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 1m26.933s +1.361s 86
23 Cenyu Han Monolite Racing 1m27.269s +1.697s 43