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Ugo de Wilde sets Eurocup pace at damp Silverstone

by Ida Wood

Photo: Renault Sport Series

JD Motorsport’s Ugo de Wilde led the first Formula Renault Eurocup free practice session by 1.818 seconds at a damp Silverstone.

The Belgian, second in French Formula 4 last year, led the session at the halfway point when the track was still predominantly wet. As conditions improved times improved dramatically, with Oscar Piastri moving to the top.

His R-ace GP gambled on switching to slick tyres for the final 10 minutes, just after de Wilde moved back into first place. The three R-ace GP cars failed to beat his benchmark, not helped by de Wilde’s JD team-mate Joao Vieira causing a red flag.

The session resumed with just a few minutes on the clock, but de Wilde was able to improve by almost two seconds and dropped his best down to a 2m08.290s.

None of the other drivers near the top improved, with Bhaitech’s Federico Malvestiti the only other driver to set a representative personal best to move up to 10th.


Free Practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Ugo de Wilde JD Motorsport 2m08.290s
2 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP +1.818s
3 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP +1.833s
4 Victor Martins MP Motorsport +1.901s
5 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport +2.063s
6 Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport +2.462s
7 Caio Collet R-ace GP +2.580s
8 Xavier Llloveras Global Racing Service +3.467s
9 Callan O’Keeffe FA Racing by Drivex +3.650s
10 Federico Malvestiti Bhaitech +3.799s
11 Joao Vieira JD Motorsport +3.859s
12 Frank Bird Arden +3.864s
13 Patrick Schott FA Racing by Drivex +4.155s
14 Patrik Pasma Arden +4.325s
15 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +4.342s
16 Yves Baltas M2 Competition +4.811s
17 Brad Benavides FA Racing by Drivex +5.200s
18 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport +5.812s
19 Lucas Alecco Roy M2 Competition +6.216s
20 Kush Maini M2 Competition +7.516s