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Victor Martins edges Eurocup title rivals in Spa free practice

by Elliot Wood

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Victor Martins pipped Formula Renault Eurocup title rivals Oscar Piastri and Lorenzo Colombo in the Thursday free practice session at Spa-Francorchamps.

Championship debutant Rui Andrade was the surprise pacesetter at the beginning of the session for FA Racing by Drivex, but by the 10-minute mark it was MP Motorsport’s Martins who sat at the front.

Martins lowered the benchmark time shortly after, and was still in first place by the mid-way point of the session. New M2 Competition signing Callan O’Keeffe had climbed to second, with Arden’s Sebastian Fernandez, R-ace GP’s Piastri and MP’s Colombo completing the top five.

O’Keeffe sank down the order during the second runs, in which team-mate Kush Maini briefly held second place, and it looked like Colombo would end the session on top until Martins put in a good enough improvement with five minutes left to snatch first place.

Piastri was also able to better Colombo, with the trio split by 0.079 seconds. Maini was a strong fourth, 0.142s behind, while R-ace GP’s Caio Collet led a closely packed midfield in fifth.


Free Practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 21m19.283s
2 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP +0.060s
3 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport +0.079s
4 Kush Maini M2 Competition +0.142s
5 Caio Collet R-ace GP +0.400s
6 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport +0.494s
7 Franco Colapinto FA Racing by Drivex +0.566s
8 Joao Vieira JD Motorsport +0.588s
9 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP +0.644s
10 Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport +0.647s
11 Sebastian Fernandez Arden +0.675s
12 Patrik Pasma Arden +0.741s
13 Ugo de Wilde JD Motorsport +0.812s
14 Callan O’Keeffe M2 Competition +0.955s
15 Rui Andrade FA Racing by Drivex +0.964s
16 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +1.047s
17 Brad Benavides FA Racing by Drivex +1.090s
18 Frank Bird Arden +1.189s
19 Federico Malvesititi Bhaitech +1.444s
20 Xavier Lloveras Global Racing Service +1.512s
21 Alessio Deledda Global Racing Service +2.863s