Vaidyanathan, Scott lead the way in Estoril test sessions

Ameya Vaidyanathan led the way in Estoril - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

Ameya Vaidyanathan set the pace during free practice for the opening round of the EuroFormula Open season, with the Indian outpacing Thiago Vivacqua by 0.255 seconds at the Autodromo do Estoril.

The Carlin Motorsport sophomore driver set a best time of 1:32.083s during the first of the two sessions held on Friday, while Harrison Scott was quickest in the slower second session for RP Motorsport with a time of 1:33.935s.

Nineteen cars took to the track on Friday, including Indian racer Tarun Reddy who was announced earlier this week to drive for Carlin, while Fortec Motorsports have confirmed Malaysian Najiy Ayyad Razak in their third car alongside Jannes Fittje and Yan Leon Shlom.

Brazilian racer Vivacqua was second for Campos Racing during the opening session, with Drivex School’s Nikita Troitskiy third ahead of Scott and Devlin De Francesco, while Petru Florescu, Alex Karkosik, Simo Laaksonen and Fittje completed the top ten, with all being within one second of Vaidyanathan.

Scott was fastest in the slower afternoon session held with much warmer track conditions, with Florescu second for Campos Racing ahead of Fittje and Vaidyanathan, while Troitsky, Matheus Iorio, Karkosik, Reddy, De Francesco and Vivacqua completed the top ten.

Autodromo do Estoril Combined Free Practice Results

124Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin1:32.0831:34.252
23Thiago VivacquaBRZCampos Racing1:32.3381:34.572
316Nikita TroitskiyRUSDrivex School1:32.4631:34.278
410Harrison ScottGBRRP Motorsport1:32.4671:33.935
517Devlin De FrancescoCANCarlin1:32.6411:34.486
61Petru FlorescuROMCampos Racing1:32.8401:34.104
711Alex KarkosikPOLRP Motorsport1:32.9391:34.333
82Simo LaaksonenFINCampos Racing1:32.9841:34.656
918Jannes FittjeGERFortec Motorsport1:33.0401:34.158
1019Yan ShlomRUSFortec Motorsport1:33.091No Time
114Matheus IorioBRZCampos Racing1:33.1581:34.317
1214Tarun ReddyINDCarlin1:33.1741:34.462
1312Christian HahnBRZDrivex School1:33.2031:35.143
1443Pedro CardosoBRZTeo Martin Motorsport1:33.3771:34.694
158Lodovico LauriniITARP Motorsport1:33.8481:35.447
1642Eliseo MartinezESPTeo Martin Motorsport1:33.8581:35.210
1744Javier CobianESPTeo Martin Motorsport1:33.8941:35.254
1820Najiy Ayyad RazakMALFortec Motorsport1:34.3161:35.959
1922Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing1:34.4021:35.828