Scott fastest on opening day of Paul Ricard weekend

Harrison Scott was fastest during practice at Paul Ricard on Friday - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

EuroFormula Open championship leader Harrison Scott continued where he left off at Spa-Francorchamps by setting the fastest time of the day during the practice sessions at a warm Circuit Paul Ricard on Friday.

After three wins in the opening four races of the year, the RP Motorsport driver has been the one to beat this season, and Scott set a best time of 2:01.275s during the second of the three sessions to hit the front.

Only two other drivers managed laps beneath 2:02s, with Nikita Troitskiy ending 0.249 seconds back for Drivex School, while Jannes Fittje placed third, and quickest of all in the final session, with a 2:01.694s for Fortec Motorsports.

Devlin De Francesco, a double podium finisher in Belgium, was fourth fastest in the first of the four Carlin Motorsport entries, while Simo Laaksonen made it five different teams, and four rookie drivers, inside the top five places for Campos Racing.

Ameya Vaidyanathan, the only other driver to win in 2017 aside from Scott after triumphing in race one at Spa-Francorchamps, was down in sixth for Carlin after a best lap of 2:02.076s, while Eliseo Martinez, Petru Florescu, Alex Karkosik and Christian Hahn completed the top ten.

Circuit Paul Ricard Free Practice Results (Combined)

110Harrison ScottGBRRP Motorsport2:04.5692:01.2752:01.732
216Nikita TroitskiyRUSDrivex School2:03.8622:01.5242:02.417
318Jannes FittjeGERFortec Motorsport2:03.9862:02.5512:01.694
417Devlin De FrancescoCANCarlin2:04.2602:02.0202:02.818
53Simo LaaksonenFINCampos Racing2:05.9482:02.0652:02.616
624Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin2:03.8222:02.0762:02.749
742Eliseo Martinez MeronoESPTeo Martin Motorsport2:04.9382:02.2152:03.001
81Petru FlorescuROMCampos Racing2:05.0432:02.6132:02.221
911Alex KarkosikPOLRP Motorsport2:05.3092:02.4662:03.056
1012Christian HahnBRZDrivex School2:03.8492:02.4882:02.856
114Matheus IorioBRZCampos Racing2:04.2252:02.8682:02.566
1214Tarun ReddyINDCarlin2:04.9022:02.6522:03.186
1343Pedro CardosoBRZTeo Martin Motorsport2:05.8832:02.8732:03.603
148Lodovico LauriniITARP Motorsport2:05.6252:03.6602:02.896
1521Alexey ChuklinUKRFortec Motorsport2:04.4832:03.8112:02.922
162Thiago VivacquaBRZCampos Racing2:03.4122:04.0732:03.015
1722Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing2:05.8042:03.4082:04.628