Free practice

Infineon Raceway - USA

Free practice 

The Popow show

22/09/2012 - Infineon Raceway - USA
The same three drivers came out on top in free practice 2. This time the order was Popow, Fascicolo/Senagiotto, Kuppens as they battled it out on the US circuit of Sonoma.

The Venezuelan's time of 1:45.880 bettered the lap set by Kuppens in the first session.

However, the Belgian's consistency was rewarded with third spot, behind Fascicolo/Sernagiotto, in the afternoon session.

Popow's drive should not have been all that unexpected as he is North American champion in the American Le Mans series (Prototype Challenge class). Here he displayed his confidence on this type of track as his experience helped him into the lead positions.

Dromedari/Pigoli and De Leener/Sbirrazzuoli managed to stay within a second of the front runners. Simoni/Ragazzi's 1:47.133 was good enough for sixth, just ahead of Australian Denny's 1:47.399. Further down the field are Van Overbeek/Hedlund, Merjech, Garelli/Bakker, Venier/Gardelli, Richard/Krodestani, Tadlauoi and Azcarate. The Hollywood duo Tracy/Dempsey, despite improving their lap time by a few tenths, slipped to fifteenth. Next come the Ockey brothers, from Canada, German Segler is in seventeenth with Dane Rasmussen and Hedman up next. Nielsen is twentieth, just up on Kratz, Becker and Pierre Marie De Leener.

Free practice 2

0117Alex Popow1:45.880
027Giuseppe Fascicolo / Giorgio Sernagiotto+0.286
0399Renaud Kuppens+0.353
0411Andrea Dromedari / Max Pigoli+0.933
0514Adrien De Leener / Cedric Sbirrazzuoli+0.955
0623Riccardo Ragazzi / Alan Simoni+1.253
0715Richard Denny+1.519
0820Johannes Van Overbeek / Mike Hedlund+1.618
0950Felipe Merjech+1.788
108Stefano Garelli / Mathijs Bakker+2.118
1166Fabio Venier / Andrea Gardelli+2.226
1249Henri Richard / Vafa Kordestani+2.622
1335Larbi Tadlaoui+2.673
1425Justino Azcarate+2.771
1533Patrick Dempsey / Greg Tracy+3.260
1631Ryan Ockey / Damon Ockey+3.390
175Andreas Segler+3.655
183Mads Rasmussen+4.385
1910Henrik Hedman+5.390
204Per Nielsen+5.528
2151Owen Kratz+5.845
2222Jonathan Becker+6.164
2312Pierre Marie De Leener+7.364

Renaud Kuppens 

Kuppens strikes again

The summer break has done nothing to slow down Renaud Kuppens. Having pocketed the Trofeo Europa, at Sonoma, in what is the fifth round of the Maserati Trofeo MC World Series, he topped the timesheet in the first free practice session.

The Belgian's lap of 1:46.209 just outdid Fascicolo/Sernagiotto, .080 back. Taking third was a newcomer, Venezuela's Alex Popow (1:46.576).

The new pairing of De Leener/Sbirrazzuoli (1.46.847) took fourth; Venier/Gardelli (1:47.026) fifth and Ragazzi/Simoni (1.47.542) sixth. Next came Dromedari/Pigoli, Denny, Van Overbeek/Hedlund and Garelli/Bakker. Eleventh spot was filled by the returning Tadlauoi with the crew made up of actor Patrick Dempsey and stuntman Greg Tracy twelfth. The US stars are driving No.33, the Bowers & Wilkins guest car. In thirteenth was Morjech, the other Moroccan entrant. Closing out the field were Azcarate, Nielsen, the two Ockey brothers, Rasmussen, Segler, Hedman, Kratx, Becker, De Leener and Richard/Kordestani.


Free practice 1

0199Renaud Kuppens1:46.209
027Giuseppe Fascicolo / Giorgio Sernagiotto+0.080
0317Alex Popow+0.367
0414Adrien De Leener / Cedric Sbirrazzuoli+0.638
0566Fabio Venier / Andrea Gardelli+0.817
0623Riccardo Ragazzi / Alan Simoni+1.333
0711Andrea Dromedari / Max Pigoli+1.560
0815Richard Denny+1.682
0920Johannes Van Overbeek / Mike Hedlund+1.963
108Stefano Garelli / Mathijs Bakker+2.210
1135Larbi Tadlaoui+3.241
1233Patrick Dempsey / Greg Tracy+3.282
1350Felipe Merjech+3.599
1425Justino Azcarate+3.771
154Per Nielsen+4.325
1631Ryan Ockey / Damon Ockey+4.394
173Mads Rasmussen+6.201
185Andreas Segler+6.271
1910Henrik Hedman+6.776
2051Owen Kratz+6.835
2122Jonathan Becker+7.039
2212Pierre Marie De Leener+8.494
2349Henri Richard / Vafa Kordestani+12.131


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