In one of the most amazing F1 tracks in the World, the Circuit Spa-Francorchamps, 32 drivers of the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine – Certified by FIA and co-organized by ACI Sport and Alpine, have started their preparation this morning in a 3 hours session. After more than one month of stop it does not seem that Grégoire Saucy (ART Grand Prix) has lost his pace, as in fact, at the end of the morning, he is once again the fastest with 2:15.206. 0.167 behind him is the Russian driver Michael Belov (G4 Racing), showing his experience is key to obtaining good results in the new series, and also confirming a fast adaptation to the new car after his start of the year in F3.
Once again the Formula Regional by Alpine series shows the great balance in performance, with drivers of four different teams in the first four positions of these collective tests. After Saucy and Belov, in fact, we find Franco Colapinto (MP Motorsport – 2:15.454) and Isack Hadjar (R-ace GP – 2:15.491), the first of the Rookies. Fifth is Patrik Pasma (2:15.586), racing for the first time with ART Grand Prix, after having raced the first half of the season with KIC Motorsport. The latter team having as new entry Jasin Ferati, coming from Monolite, but not starting well as he is last in this morning session.
A good sixth position in the collective tests by Gabriele Minì (ART Grand Prix – 2:15.694), second of the Rookies, followed by Hadrien David (R-ace GP – 2:15.733) and David Vidales (Prema Powerteam – 2:15.974).
Some off tracks and crashes for drivers trying to gain confidence with the circuit, such as Paul Aron (Prema Powerteam), Nicola Marinangeli (Arden Motorsport), Lorenzo Fluxa (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Léna Bühler (R-ace GP).
Not a bad debut in the series for Dexter Patterson (Monolite Racing – 2:16.807), 17th out of 32 drivers.
Collective tests 1 and 2 will take place on Friday, starting at 10.55 and 14.55, for 50 minutes session each, while QP1 and QP2 will be run on Saturday, respectively at 11.20 and 16.50 local time, for two 20 minutes sessions. Race 1 will start at 19.25 still on Saturday for 30 minutes plus 1 lap, and Race 2 will close the racing weekend of the series, on Sunday with the start at 11.35.