Russian racer Vasily Romanov kicked off the fifth round of the Alps season at Monza by topping both practice sessions.
Romanov, who races for the Cram team that took Alessio Rovera and Stefan Riener to Monza podiums last year, set two benchmarks that were better than anyone else’s Friday laps.
The top three in both session was identical, with Matevos Isaakyan a couple tenths adrift of his compatriot in second and newcomer Ferdinand Habsburg following closely in third.
Cram driver Matteo Ferrer was fourth in the morning, with Isaakyan’s teammate Thiago Vivacqua denying championship leader Jack Aitken for fifth by just 0.006s.
GSK’s Daniele Cazzaniga, Fortec’s second Wild Card entrant Jehan Daruvala, Koiranen’s championship contender Jake Hughes and Danyil Pronenko of BVM completed the top ten.
In session two, fourth went to Vivacqua, who once again narrowly denied Aitken. The Briton was followed by Koiranen teammates Riener and Hughes, while Pronenko, James Allen and Ferrer made up the rest of the top ten.
Combined practice results
|1||Vasily Romanov||Cram Motorsport||1:50.256||1:50.005|
|2||Matevos Isaakyan||JD Motorsport||1:50.442||1:50.278|
|3||Ferdinand Habsburg||Fortec Motorsports||1:50.493||1:50.382|
|4||Thiago Vivacqua||JD Motorsport||1:50.776||1:50.614|
|5||Matteo Ferrer||Cram Motorsport||1:50.630||1:51.269|
|6||Jack Aitken||Koiranen GP||1:50.782||1:50.645|
|7||Stefan Riener||Koiranen GP||1:51.555||1:50.754|
|8||Jake Hughes||Koiranen GP||1:51.080||1:50.782|
|9||Daniele Cazzaniga||GSK Grand Prix||1:50.873||1:51.316|
|10||Jehan Daruvala||Fortec Motorsports||1:50.929||1:52.078|
|11||Danyil Pronenko||BVM Racing||1:51.168||1:51.128|
|12||James Allen||ARTA Engineering||1:51.668||1:51.253|
|13||Denis Bulatov||GSK Grand Prix||1:51.299||1:51.537|
|14||TJ Fischer||Cram Motorsport||1:51.557||1:51.463|
|15||Philip Hamprecht||Koiranen GP||1:51.579||1:51.971|
|16||Bruno Baptista||Koiranen GP||1:52.379||1:52.726|
Personal best time in bold
Best time of session in italics