De Vries Fastest as Paul Ricard Eurocup Weekend Begins


Current Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series championship leader Nyck de Vries was fastest during the collective test sessions ahead of this weekends races at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France.

The Koiranen GP driver set a best lap time of 2:04.116s in the afternoon’s second session to beat KTR driver Alexander Albon by 0.150s.

Albon had been fastest in the morning session, setting a best time of 2:04.732s as blue skies greeted the World Series by Renault competitors. Josef Kaufmann Racing duo Kevin Jorg and Ryan Tveter were second and third, with Dennis Olsen, who needs to reduce de Vries’ championship lead to under 50 points this weekend to have any hope of taking the title himself, fourth for Prema Powerteam.

Matt Parry was fifth for Fortec Motorsports ahead of his team-mate Jack Aitken, who won his first race of the season last time out in Hungary. Andrea Pizzitola, who also won at the Hungaroring was seventh for Manor MP Motorsport, ahead of Prema Powerteam’s Hans Villemi, whilst Tech 1 Racing duo Egor Orudzhev and Anthoine Hubert rounded out the top ten.

De Vries was the man to beat in the second session, beating Albon and Jorg, while Bruno Bonifacio of Prema Powerteam was fourth. Gustav Malja was fifth for Josef Kaufmann Racing ahead of Hubert, Villemi, Olsen and Tveter, whilst ART Junior Team driver Aurelien Panis completed the top ten this time around.

Qualifying for race one takes place Saturday morning ahead of the race later that afternoon, with qualifying for race two on Sunday morning.

Paul Ricard Collective Test 1 Results

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Alexander Albon THA KTR 2:04.732
2 Kevin Jorg SWI Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:04.959
3 Ryan Tveter USA Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:05.065
4 Dennis Olsen NOR Prema Powerteam 2:05.102
5 Matt Parry GBR Fortec Motorsports 2:05.145
6 Jack Aitken GBR Fortec Motorsports 2:05.227
7 Andrea Pizzitola FRA Manor MP Motorsport 2:05.255
8 Hans Villemi EST Prema Powerteam 2:05.434
9 Egor Orudzhev RUS Tech 1 Racing 2:05.517
10 Anthoine Hubert FRA Tech 1 Racing 2:05.521
11 Bruno Bonifacio BRZ Prema Powerteam 2:05.696
12 Martin Rump EST Fortec Motorsports 2:06.003
13 Gregor Ramsey GBR KTR 2:06.166
14 Callan O’Keeffe RSA KTR 2:06.285
15 Hugo de Sadeleer SWI Tech 1 Racing 2:06.640
16 Jules Gounon FRA AV Formula 2:06.704
17 Gustav Malja SWE Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:06.787
18 Aurelien Panis FRA ART Junior Team 2:06.924
19 Ignazio d’Agosto ITA Koiranen GP 2:07.057
20 Hong Li Ye CHN Koiranen GP 2:07.091
21 Nyck de Vries NED Koiranen GP 2:07.104
22 Levin Amweg SWI ART Junior Team 2:07.200
23 James Allen AUS ARTA Engineering 2:07.353
24 Steijn Schothorst NED Manor MP Motorsport 2:07.581
25 Simon Gachet FRA ART Junior Team 2:07.661
26 Louis Deletraz SWI AV Formula 2:07.761
27 Philo Armand INA Tech 1 Racing 2:08.445

Paul Ricard Collective Test 2 Results

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Nyck de Vries NED Koiranen GP 2:04.116
2 Alexander Albon THA KTR 2:04.266
3 Kevin Jorg SWI Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:04.366
4 Bruno Bonifacio BRZ Prema Powerteam 2:04.633
5 Gustav Malja SWE Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:04.672
6 Anthoine Hubert FRA Tech 1 Racing 2:04.799
7 Hans Villemi EST Prema Powerteam 2:04.835
8 Dennis Olsen NOR Prema Powerteam 2:04.856
9 Ryan Tveter USA Josef Kaufmann Racing 2:04.870
10 Aurelien Panis FRA ART Junior Team 2:04.895
11 Egor Orudzhev RUS Tech 1 Racing 2:04.932
12 Jack Aitken GBR Fortec Motorsports 2:04.962
13 Matt Parry GBR Fortec Motorsports 2:04.989
14 Ignazio d’Agosto ITA Koiranen GP 2:05.085
15 Andrea Pizzitola FRA Manor MP Motorsport 2:05.201
16 Levin Amweg SWI ART Junior Team 2:05.274
17 Jules Gounon FRA AV Formula 2:05.324
18 Martin Rump EST Fortec Motorsports 2:05.348
19 Steijn Schothorst NED Manor MP Motorsports 2:05.445
20 Gregor Ramsey GBR KTR 2:05.774
21 Simon Gachet FRA ART Junior Team 2:05.931
22 Hugo de Sadeleer SWI Tech 1 Racing 2:06.052
23 Callan O’Keeffe RSA KTR 2:06.095
24 Hong Li Ye CHN Koiranen GP 2:06.308
25 Louis Deletraz SWI AV Formula 2:06.492
26 Philo Armand INA Tech 1 Racing 2:06.636
27 James Allen AUS ARTA Engineering 2:06.698