Hyman charges to the top in Hungaroring Practice

Raoul Hyman was quickest at the Hungaroring on Friday - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

Raoul Hyman, making his EuroFormula Open debut this weekend at the Hungaroring for Campos Racing, paced the field during Friday’s practice sessions.

The South African, who’s primary focus this year is the GP3 Series with the same outfit, turned the best lap of the day during the morning session, with his 1:37.023s enough to beat the driver he replaced in the #1 Campos seat, Petru Florescu.

Florescu has switched over to Fortec Motorsports for the remainder of the season after a low-key opening few races, but the Romanian finished 0.237 seconds down on Hyman, while Harrison Scott, the winner of five of the first six rounds of the season, ended third fastest for RP Motorsport.

Jannes Fittje, who secured a maiden podium finish last time out at Paul Ricard, ended the opening session in fourth, while Teo Martin Motorsport’s Eliseo Martinez Merono completed the top five, 1.022 seconds down on Hyman.

The afternoon session saw Scott lead the way with a best time of 1:37.129s, while Hyman continued to show good form by getting within 0.040 seconds of the championship leader.

Martinez improved his time to finish third ahead of Drivex School’s Christian Hahn, while Matheus Iorio ended up fifth for Campos Racing as the top fifteen drivers were separated by just 0.715 seconds.

Qualifying for the opening race takes place on Saturday morning.

Hungaroring Free Practice 1 Result

11Raoul HymanRSACampos Racing1:37.023
220Petru FlorescuROMFortec Motorsport1:37.260
310Harrison ScottGBRRP Motorsport1:37.563
418Jannes FittjeGERFortec Motorsport1:37.868
542Eliseo Martinez MeronoESPTeo Martin Motorsport1:38.045
617Devlin De FrancescoCANCarlin1:38.098
72Thiago VivacquaBRZCampos Racing1:38.108
834Matheus IorioBRZCampos Racing1:38.283
93Simo LaaksonenFINCampos Racing1:38.362
1012Christian HahnBRZDrivex School1:38.381
1143Pedro CardosoBRZTeo Martin Motorsport1:38.492
1224Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin1:38.610
1311Alex KarkosikPOLRP Motorsport1:39.007
1414Tarun ReddyINDCarlin1:39.030
1516Nikita TroitskiyRUSDrivex School1:39.052
168Lodovico LauriniITARP Motorsport1:39.805
1722Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing1:39.956

Hungaroring Free Practice 2 Result

110Harrison ScottGBRRP Motorsport1:37.129
21Raoul HymanRSACampos Racing1:37.169
342Eliseo Martinez MeronoESPTeo Martin Motorsport1:37.392
412Christian HahnBRZDrivex School1:37.472
534Matheus IorioBRZCampos Racing1:37.589
616Nikita TroitskiyRUSDrivex School1:37.612
714Tarun ReddyINDCarlin1:37.687
818Jannes FittjeGERFortec Motorsport1:37.691
917Devlin De FrancescoCANCarlin1:37.698
1011Alex KarkosikPOLRP Motorsport1:37.700
1124Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin1:37.721
123Simo LaaksonenFINCampos Racing1:37.730
132Thiago VivacquaBRZCampos Racing1:37.733
1420Petru FlorescuROMFortec Motorsport1:37.819
1543Pedro CardosoBRZTeo Martin Motorsport1:37.844
168Lodovico LauriniITARP Motorsport1:38.628
1722Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing1:39.003