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
|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|
|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|
|17||Brad Benavides||FA Racing by Drivex||+1.090s|
|20||Xavier Lloveras||Global Racing Service||+1.512s|
|21||Alessio Deledda||Global Racing Service||+2.863s|