Victor Bernier’s impressive performance in the second collective session marked the conclusion of Friday’s activities at Hungaroring for the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine. This session served as the final opportunity for teams and drivers to finalize the work on their setups before the first qualifying session. The next time that the Pirelli tyres will hit the track will be, in fact, tomorrow, at 9:00, to determine the starting grid order of Race 1.
During the second session, it was Victor Bernier of MP Motorsport who took the lead, setting the benchmark with a lap time of 1’39.667. He was the only driver to break the 1’40 barrier. Kas Haverkort from Van Amersfoort Racing followed with a gap of 0.336 seconds on the stopwatch, matching the time of Trident Pole driver Roman Bilinski. Joshua Dufek, from Van Amersfoort Racing, secured the fourth-best lap, following them very closely with a +0.370 gap. Andrea Kimi Antonelli, top Italian driver of the Team Prema Racing, rounded out the top 5 with a gap just over half a second at +0.504.
Alessandro Giusti, the reigning French F4 Champion representing G4 Racing, put in a solid performance and claimed the sixth-best lap of the second collective test with a gap of +0.610. Seventh and eighth places were secured by a duo from Trident, with Owen Tangavelou and Nikhil Bohra achieving +0.614 and +0.649 respectively. Sami Meguetounif, in the orange Tatuus livery of MP Motorsport, finished in ninth place with a gap of +0.680, closely followed by RPM’s Macéo Capietto at +0.689
Although Victor Bernier’s lap topped the afternoon session, Santiago Ramos, the talented Mexican driver from RPM, retained his position as the fastest driver of the day. Ramos had set an impressive time of 1’39.174 during the morning session.
The appointment with the Hungaroring thrilling track is now tomorrow, Saturday, June 17, with an exciting day from the early stages, with the first qualifying session taking place in the morning. Group A will hit the track from 9:00 to 9:15, followed by Group B from 9:20 to 9:35. Then the first race of the weekend will start at 13:20, lasting for 30 minutes plus one lap. On Sunday, June 18, the drivers will once again battle it out in qualifying, with Group A taking to the track from 9:00 to 9:15 and Group B from 9:20 to 9:35. The thrilling finale of the weekend will take place at 16:30, featuring a 30-minute plus one lap duration.
Motorsport enthusiasts can catch all the qualifying sessions and both the races of the weekend live on the official Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine YouTube page (@formularegionaleubyalpine), or attend the event in person. Info and ticket are available on Hungaroring official website, here: https://hungaroring.hu/site/en/races/international-gt-open.