Derlot on top Renaud Derlot (TP Competition) put in the best lap time of the free practice sessions today in Valencia. The TP Competition driver can look forward to the weekend's racing with confidence. Jan Heylen (Racing for Belgium), Jeffrey...
Derlot on top
Renaud Derlot (TP Competition) put in the best lap time of the free practice sessions today in Valencia. The TP Competition driver can look forward to the weekend's racing with confidence. Jan Heylen (Racing for Belgium), Jeffrey Van Hooydonk (Thierry Boutsen Racing) and Ludovic Badey (Pouchelon Racing) are also on top form and will be vying neck and neck for the honours, as always!
First out on track this morning was Nicolas Gianniberti (Oregon Racing). But the Italian was soon robbed of the best lap time by Ludovic Badey, then successively by Jan Heylen and Renaud Derlot, who lapped in 1'39''073.
The session came to a close with a coming together between Pascal Ballay (Energy Racing) and Equipe Verschuur drivers Bernhard Ten Brinke and Frans Verschuur. Thankfully, without too much damage --
The track wasn't as quick in the afternoon and Derlot's record stood throughout the second session. Cesar Campanico (Racing for Belgium), first to punch in a significant lap time, was beaten by Ludovic Badey then by - Renaud Derlot - once again!
Luis Miguel Reyes (Team Elias): "In spite of the fact we haven't run the car enough, I'm very pleased with our set-up, except for a slight understeer. The line-up is very competitive, with at least ten potential winners out there. It's going to make for a very interesting championship."
Cesar Campanico (Racing for Belgium): "It's been a very good day; we've done some good testing and tried out new set-ups on the car. I've been working on my driving too. We're in touch with the top 5 and I'm hoping to be battling for pole tomorrow."
Ludovic Badey (Pouchelon Racing): "I was feeling good after the testing early in the week, when I wasn't having any problems. But since yesterday I've had a lot of engine cut-outs. The lap times are pretty good when we can work, but it's not easy. We'll have to see how it goes in qualifying tomorrow."
Mike Parisy (Gemo Sport): "We've had our fair share of mechanical hitches because this is the car's first outing here. We're getting the times down second by second and we're definitely on the right track."
<pre> Cumulative free practice sessions classification
1 Renaud DERLOT FRA TP Competition 1'39.073 1'39.455 1'39.073 2 Jan HEYLEN BEL Racing for Belgium 1'39.404 1'39.474 1'39.404 3 Jeffrey V.HOOYDONK BEL Thierry Boutsen Racing 1'40.883 1'39.575 1'39.575 4 Ludovic BADEY FRA Pouchelon Racing 1'39.674 1'39.957 1'39.674 5 Angel BURGUEÑO ESP Team Elias 1'40.713 1'39.770 1'39.770 6 Jean Christophe RAVIER FRA Epsilon Euskadi 1'40.361 1'39.834 1'39.834 7 Cesar CAMPANIÇO POR Racing for Belgium 1'40.381 1'39.924 1'39.924 8 Simon ABADIE FRA Tech 1 Racing 1'40.222 1'41.550 1'40.222 9 Frederic GABILLON FRA Team Lompech Sport 1'40.937 1'40.309 1'40.309 10 L.Miguel REYES ESP Team Elias 1'40.355 1'40.543 1'40.355 11 Santiago PORTEIRO ESP Porfesa Competicion 1'41.092 1'40.375 1'40.375 12 Mathieu LAHAYE FRA Tech 1 Racing 1'40.639 1'40.392 1'40.392 13 Renaud KUPPENS BEL Thierry Boutsen Racing 1'41.871 1'40.864 1'40.864 14 Mike PARISY FRA Gemo Sport 1'40.991 1'40.991 15 Jean-Claud COPPENS FRA TP Competition 1'42.064 1'41.109 1'41.109 16 Nicol a GIANNIBERTI ITA Oregon Team 1'41.170 1'41.605 1'41.170 17 Antonio ARISTI ESP Epsilon Euskadi 1'41.290 1'41.465 1'41.290 18 Bernard TEN BRINKE NED Equipe Verschuur 1'42.439 1'41.400 1'41.400 19 Pedro PETIZ POR Oregon Team 1'41.452 1'41.687 1'41.452 20 Marc BENZ SUI Iris Racing 1'41.531 1'42.596 1'41.531 21 Frans VERSCHUUR NED Equipe Verschuur 1'42.768 1'41.536 1'41.536 22 Wim COEKELBERGS BEL Racing for Belgium 1'43.543 1'41.893 1'41.893 23 Philippe MACE FRA TP Competition 1'42.977 1'42.284 1'42.284 24 Jean Yves MALLAT LBN TP Competition 1'42.297 1'42.844 1'42.297 25 Sebastien DHOUAILLY FRA Team Lompech Sport 1'42.576 1'42.389 1'42.389 26 Pascal BALLAY FRA Energy Racing 1'44.118 1'43.262 1'43.262 27 Andreas MAYERL AUT Senn Motorsport 1'44.384 1'43.432 1'43.432 28 Victor FERNANDEZ ESP Saturn Motorsport 1'46.159 1'45.580 1'45.580 29 Rafael UNZURRUNZAGA ESP Blue Jumeirah Team 1'48.842 1'48.409 1'48.409 30 Juan MORALES ESP Hervas 1'56.056 1'53.617 1'53.617