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Trident’s Bilinski fastest again in post-season FREC test at Mugello

by Ida Wood

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency

Trident’s Roman Bilinski toppped a test for Formula Regional and Formula 4 teams at Mugello this week.

Only F4 teams took to the track on Monday, and had two sessions. US Racing’s Gianmarco Pradel topped the first, stting a 1m49.553s fairly early on to lead AKM Motorsport’s Alex Powell by 0.265 seconds. Matheus Ferreira (US Racing) was 0.433s behind in third, with Kabir Anurag (US Racing) and Gustav Jonsson (Van Amersfoort Racing) 0.7s off the pace and the only other drivers within a second of Pradel.

The afternoon session was significantly slower as rain hit, and Ferreira was fastest by 1.108s with a 2m10.583s lap. Just 0.073s split Johnsson and PHM Racing’s James Egozi in second and third, with Pradel 1.923s behind in fourth.

Tuesday began with more F4 action on a damp track, and Jonsson set a 2m02.230s to go fastest by 0.675s over Powell. Egozi was third but 1.955s off the pace.

Next out was the 30-strong continent of FRegional cars, with the track still damp, and Bilinski waited until his final lap to top the times with a 1m50.502s. ART Grand Prix’s Alessandro Giusti was second fastest, 0.425s behind, with Prema’s James Wharton and MP Motorsport’s Nikhil Bohra 0.623s and 0.690s behind respectively in third and fourth.

Jonsson was fastest again in the next F4 session, leading Ferreira by 0.54s and Pradel by 0.627s with a 1m50.732s lap.

The track had finally dried in time for the second FRegional sesson and Bilinski set a 1m43.137s. VAR’s Brando Badoer was 0.349s behind in second, Bohra was 0.544s back in third, Prema’s Rafael Camara was a further 0.025s behind in fourth, MP’s Valerio Rinicella was fifth, Trident’s Niko Lacorte was sixth and Wharton was 0.883s off the pace in seventh.

A new fastest lap was set for F4 in their next session, with Jonsson posting a 1m47.807s. Egozi was 0.931s slower in second but one of nine to beat Monday’s benchmark time.

Laptimes were very slightly slower when FREC headed back out, with Bilinski coming 0.013s short of his previous benchmark. He was still fastest by 0.217s over Race Performance Motorsport’s Noah Stromsted, with Badoer third and R-P-M’s Giovanni Machio in fourth. The top nine were covered by 0.989s.

All but two of the F4 drivers improved their pace in the final Tuesday session, with Jonsson again on top and setting a 1m47.326s. Ferreira was 1.17s behind in second (more than the gap between second and 13th), and just 0.017s ahead of AKM’s Gabriel Gomez.

The final FRegional session was the closest, with 0.022s splitting Bilinski and Bohra at the top. Stromsted was 0.062s behind in third, while MP’s Nikita Bedrin and Maschio were 0.344s back and joint fourth fastest.

FRegional drivers ran in the morning and afternoon on Wednesday, and Stromsted lowered the pace to 1m42.809s in the morning. Bohra was 0.321s behind in second, and Bilinski was third.

Bilinski returned to the top in the afternoon and set the test’s fastest lap: a 1m42.574s. He led Stromsted by 0.358s and Badoer by 0.517s. Rinicella and Erwin Creed were the only drivers not to improve on their Tuesday pace.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Roman Bilinski Trident 1m42.574s 150
2 Noah Stromsted R-P-M 1m42.809s +0.235s 138
3 Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing 1m43.091s +0.517s 147
4 Nikhil Bohra MP Motorsport 1m43.130s +0.556s 121
5 Rafael Camara Prema 1m43.247s +0.673s 131
6 Nikita Bedrin MP Motorsport 1m43.362s +0.788s 98
7 Niko Lacorte Trident 1m43.403s +0.829s 144
8 Tuukka Taponen R-ace GP 1m43.470s +0.896s 162
9 Akshay Bohra R-ace GP 1m43.514s +0.940s 157
10 Pedro Clerot Van Amersfoort Racing 1m43.644s +1.070s 154
11 Giovanni Maschio R-P-M 1m43.665s +1.091s 129
12 Zachary David R-ace GP 1m43.695s +1.121s 161
13 Ruiqi Liu Trident 1m43.748s +1.174s 142
14 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport 1m43.850s +1.276s 136
15 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi R-P-M 1m43.891s +1.317s 94
16 James Wharton Prema 1m43.909s +1.335s 128
17 Evan Giltaire ART Grand Prix 1m44.038s +1.464s 135
18 Kanato Le G4 Racing 1m44.201s +1.627s 167
19 Enzo Deligny R-ace GP 1m44.368s +1.794s 148
20 Alessandro Giusti ART Grand Prix 1m44.512s +1.938s 130
21 Marta Garcia Prema 1m44.969s +2.395s 143
22 Jesse Carrasquedo G4 Racing 1m44.996s +2.422s 130
23 Ivan Klymenko KIC Motorsport 1m45.103s +2.529s 146
24 Lena Buhler ART Grand Prix 1m45.475s +2.901s 140
25 Yaroslav Veselaho ART Grand Prix 1m45.486s +2.912s 127
26 Lucas Fecury G4 Racing 1m45.999s +3.425s 119
27 Finley Green G4 Racing 1m46.071s +3.497s 99
28 Erwin Creed Formula Motorsport 1m49.141s +6.567s 123
29 Michel Piroird Formula Motorsport 1m52.784s +10.210s 90
30 Walter Rykart Formula Motorsport 1m54.489s +11.915s 138
1 Gustav Jonsson Van Amersfoort Racing 1m47.326s 106
2 Matheus Ferreira US Racing 1m48.496s +1.170s 127
3 Gabriel Gomez AKM Motorsport 1m48.513s +1.187s 107
4 James Egozi PHM Racing 1m48.653s +1.327s 125
5 Newman Chi AKM Motorsport 1m48.754s +1.428s 109
6 Gianmarco Pradel US Racing 1m48.879s +1.553s 122
7 Alex Powell AKM Motorsport 1m48.940s +1.614s 131
8 Shimo Zhang Jenzer Motorsport 1m49.055s +1.729s 95
9 Andrija Kostic Van Amersfoort Racing 1m49.229s +1.903s 116
10 Oscar Wurz Jenzer Motorsport 1m49.299s +1.973s 123
11 Maxim Rehm US Racing 1m49.391s +2.065s 116
12 Thomas Strauven PHM Racing 1m49.391s +2.065s 142
13 Tim Gerhards Van Amersfoort Racing 1m49.642s +2.316s 119
14 Maximilian Popov PHM Racing 1m49.679s +2.353s 111
15 Kamal Mrad PHM Racing 1m49.711s +2.385s 140
16 Jules Caranta Formula Motorsport 1m49.834s +2.508s 118
17 Alexander Savinkov AKM Motorsport 1m50.252s +2.926s 97
18 Kabir Anurag US Racing 1m50.254s +2.928s 52
19 Dylan Estre Formula Motorsport 1m50.608s +3.282s 123
20 Guy Albag Gender Racing Team 1m50.832s +3.506s 108
21 Eliska Babickova AKM Motorsport 1m52.598s +5.272s 98
22 Rehan Hakim Van Amersfoort Racing 1m53.755s +6.429s 98