Nissany leads Lotus 1-2 in opening Silverstone practice


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Roy Nissany was quickest in the first of the two collective test sessions of the Formula V8 3.5 Series weekend at Silverstone on Friday.

The Israeli driver set a best time of 1:41.843 to top the session, with Nissany 0.832 seconds clear of the field, which was led by his Lotus team-mate Rene Binder.

Just the thirteen competitors are entered this weekend at Silverstone, with both SMP Racing and RP Motorsport down to one car due to conflicting race weekends for Matevos Isaakyan and Artur Janosz in Hungary for the GP3 Series.

Louis Deletraz was third quickest during the session for Fortec Motorsports, with his best time just 0.030 seconds down on Binder, while Aurélien Panis was fourth for Arden Motorsport, a further 0.112 seconds down on the Swiss driver.

SMP Racing’s sole representative this weekend, Matthieu Vaxiviere was fifth ahead of current championship leader Tom Dillmann, with the AVF driver setting a time identical to the hundredth of a second to that of seventh placed Pietro Fittipaldi in the second Fortec.

Yu Kanamaru was the best placed of the Teo Martin Motorsport entries in eighth, 1.680 seconds off the pace of Nissany, while Vitor Baptista of RP Motorsport and Egor Orudzhev of Arden completed the top ten.

Sahara Force India reserve driver Alfonso Celis Jr was eleventh fastest for AVF ahead of Teo Martin’s Beitske Visser, while Giuseppe Cipriani was thirteenth and last for Durango, almost five seconds off the pace.

Silverstone Collective Test 1 Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
14Roy NissanyISRLotus1:41.843
23Rene BinderAUTLotus1:42.675
31Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1:42.705
48Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1:42.817
523Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1:43.081
616Tom DillmannFRAAVF1:43.319
72Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1:43.319
825Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1:43.523
922Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1:43.660
107Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1:43.727
1115Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1:43.837
126Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport1:43.989
1320Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team1:46.620