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Lazarus Pairing On Top In Free Practice At Donington

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The Lazarus team have led the way in Auto GP free practice at Donington Park, with their drivers Fabrizio Crestani and Fabio Onidi topping the two sessions.

In the opening session Crestani was the only man to go below the 1m18s mark, nearly two and a half tenths quicker than anyone else.

Kevin Ceccon got to grips with the circuit quickly to post the second fastest time, with Onidi in third place. Luca Filippi was fourth quickest, just ahead of teammate Jon Lancaster, who lost half of the first session to a radiator leak.

Samuele Buttarelli, winner in Brno, was sixth for TP Formula, with the Campos Racing duo of Bruno Mendez and series debutant Adam Carroll rounding out the top eight.

In the second session Onidi got the upper hand on his teammate by going quickest, more than sixth tenths ahead of Crestani's earlier time as the track conditions improved. Crestani improved his time from the morning to be second fastest, two tenths behind Onidi.

The Lazarus drivers were some way ahead of the rest, with Buttarelli third quickest, six and a half tenths away from Onidi. Lancaster this time beat Filippi to fourth, just two hundredths ahead of his Italian teammate.

Carroll upped his pace on his series debut to go sixth quickest, ahead of fellow debutant Daniel De Jong and Adrian Campos Jr, who is returning this weekend from the injury he suffered in a practice crash prior to the opening round of the season at Monza.

Ceccon ended the session in last place after only completing two laps before going off into the gravel at McLeans.

Sergei Afanasiev has been forced to miss Friday's running, which includes qualifying, due to problems getting a visa. The Russian hopes to make it to the circuit on Saturday.

Free Practice 1 results:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Fabrizio Crestani Lazarus 1:17.841 19
2 Kevin Ceccon Ombra Racing 1:18.083 0.242 16
3 Fabio Onidi Lazarus 1:18.125 0.284 17
4 Luca Filippi Supernova Racing 1:18.192 0.351 16
5 Jon Lancaster Supernova Racing 1:18.485 0.644 9
6 Samuele Buttarelli TP Formula 1:18.504 0.663 17
7 Bruno Mendez Campos Racing 1:18.540 0.699 16
8 Adam Carroll Campos Racing 1:18.867 1.026 16
9 Rio Haryanto Dams 1:18.901 1.060 17
10 Giovanni Venturini Griffitz Durango 1:19.043 1.202 17
11 Giuseppe Cipriani Griffitz Durango 1:19.335 1.494 18
12 Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:19.600 1.759 18
13 Pasquale Di Sabatino TP Formula 1:19.645 1.804 19
14 Adrian Campos Jr. Campos Racing 1:19.778 1.937 15
15 Francesco Dracone Ombra Racing 1:24.005 6.164 14

Free Practice 2 results:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Fabio Onidi Lazarus 1:17.206 16
2 Fabrizio Crestani Lazarus 1:17.410 0.204 17
3 Samuele Buttarelli TP Formula 1:17.861 0.655 14
4 Jon Lancaster Supernova Racing 1:17.871 0.665 20
5 Luca Filippi Supernova Racing 1:17.890 0.684 18
6 Adam Carroll Campos Racing 1:17.967 0.761 12
7 Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:18.185 0.979 18
8 Adrian Campos Jr Campos Racing 1:18.454 1.248 14
9 Giovanni Venturini Griffitz Durango 1:18.472 1.266 17
10 Bruno Mendez Campos Racing 1:18.517 1.311 13
11 Rio Haryanto Dams 1:18.653 1.447 19
12 Pasquale Di Sabatino TP Formula 1:18.666 1.460 17
13 Giuseppe Cipriani Griffitz Durango 1:19.613 2.407 18
14 Francesco Dracone Ombra Racing 1:20.872 3.666 18
15 Kevin Ceccon Ombra Racing 1:25.139 7.933 2
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