The 2020 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup finally hit the track for the first official session of a race weekend this year at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
Following a two-day test last week, the 25 competitors headed out in the Austrian sunshine at the end of the first day of action at the Styrian circuit.
Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer set the early pace before Dylan Pereira forged his way to the top of the timesheets shortly before Stéphane Denoual ran wide on to a kerb, sliding across the track and gravel trap, and colliding with the barriers. A short red flag period was called as the marshals recovered the stricken Porsche.
Philipp Sager lined up in the pitlane as the drivers awaited the restart of the session. As the lights turned green the track got busy. Almost all of the cars headed out on track as they scrambled for some space in the only practice session of the weekend.
Florian Latorre ran wide briefly later in the session while Jukka Honkavuori was lucky to recover after a lockup; a brief trip through the gravel trap and the Finn got back to business.
As the session timer counted down, the drivers continued to explore the track limits, a number of laps were wiped as a result with the stewards being kept busy.
Entering into the final 10 minutes it was Pereira leading the way ahead of Ayhancan Güven and Simmenauer. Larry ten Voorde, Jaxon Evans and Julian Hanses rounded out the top six places.
Ten Voorde was on the move with six minutes remaining, setting the fastest time in the first sector, unfortunately, the final two sectors were not as promising, and on the final corner, the Dutchman ran wide across the grass, losing time.
There was little movement in the times in the last five minutes of the session, other than Marius Nakken setting a personal best time and Simmenauer moving up to second as the chequered flag fell.
Periera would end the session as the fastest driver with a time of1:31.105, it was an impressive performance from the rookie driver Simmenauer as he finished the day in second place, just 0.060 seconds off of the pace of the leader; Guven took third place 0.284 seconds behind Peirera. Fastest in the Pro-Am class was reigning champion Roar Lindland.