Pulcini quickest as Estoril weekend gets underway

by Paul Hensby

After setting the pace during Thursday tests at Estoril, Leonardo Pulcini was once again quickest as free practice for the season opening EuroFormula Open round of the season got underway on Friday at the Portuguese circuit.

The young Italian was the only driver to set a time beneath 1m33s, with the Campos Racing drivers free practice one time of 1m32.886s almost two tenths of a second faster than Carlin’s Colton Herta, while Damiano Fioravanti the leading RP Motorsport driver in third, 0.326s back.

Former RP driver Igor Walilko was fourth as his Fortec Motorsports team continue to learn the championship after joining forces with Team West-Tec F3 for 2016, while Diego Menchaca was fifth for Campos Racing, 0.671s back on his pacesetting team-mate.

Ferdinand Habsburg was sixth in the opening session for Drivex School despite missing Thursday test sessions, while Julio Moreno made it three Campos cars in the top seven, the Ecuadorian finishing ahead of RP Motorsport’s Antoni Ptak, Carlin’s Keyvan Andres and Teo Martin Motorsport’s Nikita Zlobin.

In the slower second session at Estoril, it was Habsburg who set the pace with a 1m33.523s, with Jack Aitken ending up second for RP Motorsport ahead of Herta, Menchaca, Walilko, Ptak, Fioravanti, Zlobin and DAV Racing’s Daniele Cazzaniga.

Estoril Free Practice 1 Times

18Leonardo PulciniITACampos Racing1m32.886s
298Colton HertaUSACarlin1m33.083s
33Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport1m33.212s
437Igor WalilkoPOLFortec Motorsports1m33.496s
57Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing1m33.557s
662Ferdinand HabsburgAUTDrivex School1m33.580s
76Julio MorenoECUCampos Racing1m33.618s
81Antoni PtakPOLRP Motorsport1m33.908s
947Keyvan AndresGERCarlin1m33.974s
1072Nikita ZlobinRUSTeo Martin Motorsport1m33.975s
114Jack AitkenGBRRP Motorsport1m34.009s
125Tanart SathienthriakulTHARP Motorsport1m34.032s
1321Ye HongliCHNBVM Racing1m34.070s
1451Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin1m34.300s
1511Petru FlorescuROMTeo Martin Motorsport1m34.315s
1627Kang LingCHNDAV Racing1m34.319s
172Kusiri KantadheeTHARP Motorsport1m34.326s
1810Tatiana CalderonCOLTeo Martin Motorsport1m34.640s
1918Daniele CazzanigaITADAV Racing1m34.663s
2020Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing1m34.956s
2114Jose-Manuel VilaltaMEXTeo Martin Motorsport1m35.448s
229Gulhuseyn AbdullayeuAZECampos Racing1m36.314s

Estoril Free Practice 2 Times

162Ferdinand HabsburgAUTDrivex School1m33.523s
24Jack AitkenGBRRP Motorsport1m33.806s
398Colton HertaUSACarlin1m33.806s
47Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing1m34.421s
537Igor WalilkoPOLFortec Motorsports1m34.664s
68Leonardo PulciniITACampos Racing1m34.692s
71Antoni PtakPOLRP Motorsport1m35.057s
83Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport1m35.083s
972Nikita ZlobinRUSTeo Martin Motorsport1m35.431s
1018Daniele CazzanigaITADAV Racing1m35.516s
1111Petru FlorescuROMTeo Martin Motorsport1m35.586s
1227Kang LingCHNDAV Racing1m35.587s
136Julio MorenoECUCampos Racing1m35.618s
1410Tatiana CalderonCOLTeo Martin Motorsport1m35.711s
152Kusiri KantadheeTHARP Motorsport1m35.748s
165Tanart SathienthriakulTHARP Motorsport1m35.910s
1720Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing1m36.070s
1821Ye HongliCHNBVM Racing1m36.094s
1951Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin1m36.098s
2047Keyvan AndresGERCarlin1m36.106s
2114Jose-Manuel VilaltaMEXTeo Martin Motorsport1m36.517s
229Gulhuseyn AbdullayeuAZECampos Racing1m37.293s

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