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Vasily Romanov sweeps Alps practice at Monza

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Fast Lane Promotion

Photo: Fast Lane Promotion

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
Pos. Driver Team S1 S2
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