Formula Regional European Championship

Saucy and Hadjar Lead the Way in Opening Day of FRECA’s Test at Paul Ricard

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Credit: Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine

The final pre-season test for the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine drivers got underway on Tuesday at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France.

Two drivers, ART Grand Prix’s Grégoire Saucy and R-ace GP’s Isack Hadjar, led the way, setting identical lap times at the top of the timing screens, both completing the lap in 1:57.917.

Saucy was the first driver to set the time and as a result will end the day in first position, while Hadjar, a rookie in the category after stepping up from Formula 4, matched his time in the dying moments of the days running.

Arden’s Alex Quinn, a race winner in Formula Renault Eurocup in 2020, was only 0.055 seconds back in third, while another race winner from last year, Franco Colapinto, was just a tenth back from the best time of the day in fourth for MP Motorsport.

Andrea Rosso, another rookie in the championship, was an excellent fifth for FA Racing, just ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Thomas Ten Brinke, while Arden’s William Alatalo was four tenths back in seventh ahead of MP Motorsport’s Kas Haverkort.

R-ace GP drivers completed the top ten, with Barbadian driver Zane Maloney finishing just 0.024 seconds ahead of Frenchman Hadrien David, with the top ten separated by 0.550 seconds at the end of the day.

ART Grand Prix’s Gabriele Mini missed out on the top ten by just 0.018 seconds, while Prema Powerteam were noticeably absent from the top ten, with David Vidales their best placed driver in twelfth, just ahead of team-mate Paul Aron

Oliver Gøthe of MP Motorsport was just over nine-tenths of a second off the pace in fourteenth, with the Dane finishing just ahead of Swedish racer Dino Beganovic of Prema Powerteam.  Sixteenth-placed Eduardo Barrichello of JD Motorsport was the final driver to be within a second of the time set by Saucy and Hadjar at the front of the field.

FA Racing’s Alexandre Bardinon, Monolite Racing’s Pierre Delli Guanti, Van Amersfoort Racing’s Francesco Pizzi and KIC Motorsport’s Patrik Pasma completed the top ten.

Only thirty-one drivers took to the track, with FA Racing’s Mari Boya and Monolite Racing’s Jasin Ferati both absent from the timing screens, while Léna Bühler again missed out on track time as she recovers from her broken hand.  Her R-ace GP car was tested by W Series race winner Beitske Visser.

PosDriverNAT TeamTimeGapLaps
1Grégoire SaucyCHE ART Grand Prix1m57.91760.
2Isack HadjarFRA R-ace GP1m57.917+0.000s29
3Alex QuinnGBR Arden1m57.972+0.055s64.
4Franco ColapintoARG MP Motorsport1m58.026+0.109s20
5Andrea RossoITA FA Racing1m58.150+0.233s22
6Thomas ten BrinkeNED ART Grand Prix1m58.157+0.240s29
7William AlataloFIN Arden1m58.337+0.420s65.
8Kas HaverkortNED MP Motorsport1m58.362+0.445s22
9Zane MaloneyBAR R-ace GP1m58.393+0.476s28
10Hadrien DavidFRA R-ace GP1m58.467+0.550s29
11Gabriele MiniITA ART Grand Prix1m58.485+0.568s30
12David VidalesESP Prema1m58.747+0.830s33
13Paul AronEST Prema1m58.805+0.888s35
14Oliver GøtheDEN MP Motorsport1m58.834+0.917s22
15Dino BeganovicSWE Prema1m58.881+0.964s33
16Eduardo BarrichelloBRZ JD Motorsport1m58.910+0.993s23
17Alexandre BardinonFRA FA Racing1m58.939+1.022s33
18Pietro Delli GuantiITA Monolite Racing1m59.009+1.092s42
19Francesco PizziITA Van Amersfoort Racing1m59.083+1.166s38
20Patrik PasmaFIN KIC Motorsport1m59.133+1.216s34
21Elias SeppänenFIN KIC Motorsport1m59.138+1.221s35
22Lorenzo FluxáESP Van Amersfoort Racing1m59.168+1.251s40
23Nicola MarinangeliITA Arden1m59.490+1.573s29
24Brad BenavidesUSA DR Formula1m59.500+1.583s32
25Beitske VisserNED R-ace GP1m59.501+1.584s27
26Tommy SmithAUS JD Motorsport1m59.730+1.813s28
27Gabriel BortoletoBRZ DR Formula1m59.780+1.863s28
28Axel GnosCHE G4 Racing1m59.877+1.960s29
29Emidio PesceITA DR Formula2m00.174+2.257s30
30Nico GöhlerGER KIC Motorsport2m00.707+2.790s22
31Bélen GarciaESP G4 Racing2m01.073+3.156s20
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