Formula Regional European Championship

Alex Quinn, Gabriele Mini Share Opening Day Practice Honours at Imola

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Credit: Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine

Alex Quinn topped the time sheets in the opening free practice session of the 2021 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine season at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari on Friday, while Gabriele Mini did likewise in session two.

Quinn, racing this year with Arden Motorsport, hit the top with a 1:38.740 late in the session, and it was almost a one-two for the British team as team-mate William Alatalo slotted into second, only for Prema Powerteam’s Paul Aron to displace the Finn.  Just 0.042 seconds separated Aron from Quinn’s best lap.

After appearing to be nowhere in testing, Prema Powerteam showed its hand as Spaniard David Vidales ended the day fourth in a second entry for the Italian outfit, while their third, Dino Beganovic – a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy – was eighth.

Mari Boya, who made the last-minute decision to race for Van Amersfoort Racing in 2021 rather than FA Racing, ended the opening session inside the top five, just ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Grégoire Saucy, while MP Motorsport’s Kas Haverkort placed seventh ahead of Beganovic.

R-ace GP’s Hadrien David ended the session in ninth, with KIC Motorsport’s Patrik Pasma rounding out the top ten ahead of ART Grand Prix’ Mini and JD Motorsport’s Eduardo Barrichello.

Gabriel Bortoleto, who’s place on the grid with FA Racing was only confirmed on Thursday, had a troubled session with his new team as he completed only six laps and ended up more than ten seconds off the pace.

In the second session, taking place after the first practice session for Formula 1, Mini hit the top with a lap of 1:38.021, with the Italian edging out team-mate Saucy by 0.071, while first session pacesetter Quinn was only a further 0.006 seconds back in third.

Boya’s impressive day continued as he moved into fourth ahead of Vidales, Alatalo and Aron, while R-ace GP’s Zane Maloney ended eighth ahead of Beganovic.  Bortoleto had a much better second session compared to the first and was able to break into the top ten, 0.903 seconds off the best time of Mini.  FA Racing’s Andrea Rosso ended just outside the top ten in eleventh, with Pasma twelfth.

The second session was interrupted by a red flag as Arden’s Nicola Marinangeli stopped on track with less than five minutes left of the clock.

Neither Franco Colapinto (MP Motorsport) and Thomas Ten Brinke (ART Grand Prix) took to the track in either session.  Colapinto is racing in the European Le Mans Series this weekend and looks to be prioritising that over FRECA, while it was unclear to while Dutchman Ten Brinke did not appear for ART.

Free Practice 1 Times

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21Paul AronESTPrema Powerteam+0.04222
38William AlataloFINArden Motorsport+0.20519
412David VidalesESPPrema Powerteam+0.30922
564Mari BoyaESPVan Amersfoort Racing+0.34621
626Grégoire SaucyCHEART Grand Prix+0.37619
727Kas HaverkortNEDMP Motorsport+0.38821
817Dino BeganovicSWEPrema Powerteam+0.48222
910Hadrien DavidFRAR-ace GP+0.54520
105Patrik PasmaFINKIC Motorsport+0.55420
1146Gabriele MiniITAART Grand Prix+0.56219
1291Eduardo BarrichelloBRZJD Motorsport+0.61920
1319Andrea RossoITAFA Racing+0.66122
1422Zane MaloneyBARR-ace GP+0.71720
1596Oliver GøtheDENMP Motorsport+0.74122
1614Nicola MarinangeliITAArden Motorsport+0.80919
1758Elias SeppänenFINKIC Motorsport+0.83022
1851Francesco PizziITAVan Amersfoort Racing+0.91521
1935Pietro Delli GuantiITAMonolite Racing+0.94620
206Isack HadjarFRAR-ace GP+0.97320
2162Lorenzo FluxáESPVan Amersfoort Racing+1.01922
2271Brad BenavidesUSADR Formula+1.11221
2316Tommy SmithAUSJD Motorsport+1.29320
2441Emidio PesceITADR Formula+1.64221
259Alexandre BardinonFRAFA Racing+1.72322
267Axel GnosCHEG4 Racing+1.84722
2713Jasin FeratiCHEMonolite Racing+1.89320
282Nico GöhlerGERKIC Motorsport+2.35622
2972Bélen GarciaESPG4 Racing+3.13519
3085Gabriel BortoletoBRZDR Formula+10.7186
3111Franco ColapintoARGMP MotorsportNo Time0
3223Thomas ten BrinkeNEDART Grand PrixNo Time0

Free Practice 2 Times

146Gabriele MiniITAART Grand Prix1:38.02119
226Grégoire SaucyCHEART Grand Prix+0.07117
321Alex QuinnGBRArden Motorsport+0.07720
464Mari BoyaESPVan Amersfoort Racing+0.21321
512David VidalesESPPrema Powerteam+0.52720
68William AlataloFINArden Motorsport+0.68716
71Paul AronESTPrema Powerteam+0.72920
822Zane MaloneyBARR-ace GP+0.81223
917Dino BeganovicSWEPrema Powerteam+0.82119
1085Gabriel BortoletoBRZDR Formula+0.90320
1119Andrea RossoITAFA Racing+0.91319
125Patrik PasmaFINKIC Motorsport+0.94819
136Isack HadjarFRAR-ace GP+0.97323
1491Eduardo BarrichelloBRZJD Motorsport+1.09020
1527Kas HaverkortNEDMP Motorsport+1.13121
1635Pietro Delli GuantiITAMonolite Racing+1.13918
1710Hadrien DavidFRAR-ace GP+1.14223
1862Lorenzo FluxáESPVan Amersfoort Racing+1.15118
1951Francesco PizziITAVan Amersfoort Racing+1.15318
2041Emidio PesceITADR Formula+1.39418
2171Brad BenavidesUSADR Formula+1.42418
2214Nicola MarinangeliITAArden Motorsport+1.44418
2396Oliver GøtheDENMP Motorsport+1.67320
2416Tommy SmithAUSJD Motorsport+1.69120
2558Elias SeppänenFINKIC Motorsport+1.86421
267Axel GnosCHEG4 Racing+2.04122
272Nico GöhlerGERKIC Motorsport+2.17120
2813Jasin FeratiCHEMonolite Racing+2.22919
2972Bélen GarciaESPG4 Racing+2.34722
309Alexandre BardinonFRAFA Racing+2.71719
3111Franco ColapintoARGMP MotorsportNo Time0
3223Thomas ten BrinkeNEDART Grand PrixNo Time0
Gabriele Mini ended fastest overall on Friday – Credit: Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine
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