Free Practice

Abu Dhabi - UAE

Mac's light shines bright

11/12/2013 - Abu Dhabi
At the end of a session in which the red flag was shown, Mikkel Mac proved to be the quickest on the track with his 2:21.086.

The Dane continued the fine form shown in session one as he drove on a floodlit circuit to prepare for the second race here in Abu Dhabi.

Mac, who is still hoping to snatch the world title from reigning champion Kuppens, finished .017 ahead of an improving Cecchellero/Fascicolo. Kuppens, came in third, a shade under four tenths off his rival's time. Behind him came De Leener/Sbirrazzuoli, Ragazzi/Simoni and Gobbo/Mantovani. The top seven, a group that finished within less than a second of each other, was rounded off by Calamia as he showed how competitive he still is.

Ange Barde and Patrick Zamparini struggled a bit more than they did in the first session and were the two who suffered most from the break, even though they set decent lap times. Another stand-out driver was Pierre Marie De Leener, tenth overall, ahead of Mario Cordoni and Andreas Segler.

Segler and Tani Hanna, twelfth and thirteenth, also put in solid laps as they lined up again after both competing in the 2011 Trofeo Middle East.

Free practice 2

0122Mikkel Mac2:21.086
027Fascicolo / Cecchellero+0.017
031Renaud Kuppens+0.387
0414De Leener / Sbirrazzuoli+0.458
0523Ragazzi / Simoni+0.888
0641Gobbo Mantovani+0.942
0735Mauro Calamia+0.972
0888Ange Barde+1.137
098Patrick Zamparini+1.494
1024Pierre Marie De Leener+1.821
1130Mario Cordoni+1.857
125Andreas Segler+2.191
1333Tani Hanna+2.494
1428Braams / Braams+3.084
1532Jonathan Sicart+3.246
1613Bocellari - Delli Guanti+3.261
1760Silva / Rayneri+3.701
1818Curti / Curti+4.220
192Javier Ibran+4.295
204Per Nielsen+4.589
2146Bettini - Dionisio+4.777
2269Zanini - Foglio+5.051
2338Christian Overgaard+5.113
2498Daniel Waszczinski+5.434
2556Thomas Herpell+5.835
2699Shovlin Cullen+6.063
2731Charly Conde+6.077

Barde comes out on top in the shootout

11/12/2013 - Abu Dhabi
The Trofeo competitors today got their first taste of the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. In the end Frenchman Ange Barde, winner of the last two endurance events at Sonoma and Shanghai, set the quickest lap in free practice.

His 2:20.559 was .440 up on Renaud Kuppens and .543 better than Mikkel Mac's time. The two title chasers got their bids off to a decent start in what promises to be the meet's most eagerly anticipated battle.

The session saw the lead swap hands more than once: Barde was first to top the leaderboard but his time was soon lowered by Ragazzi/Simoni. Towards the end, Kuppens and Mac kicked off their personal duel with the lap times slowly improving all round until Barde posted the winning lap.

The opening free practice session gave the drivers the chance to get to know the Formula 1 circuit with the drivers chasing pole (Barde, Kuppens, Mac, Zamparini, Calamia, Cordoni) within seven tenths off each other.

Behind them Cordoni, De Leener/Sbirrazzuoli, Ragazzi/Simoni, Fascicolo/Cecchellero and Gobbo/Mantovani closed out the top ten.

Free practice 1

0188Ange Barde2:20.559
021Renaud Kuppens+0.440
0322Mikkel Mac+0.543
048Patrick Zamparini+0.704
0535Mauro Calamia+0.718
0630Mario Cordoni+0.797
0714De Leener / Sbirrazuoli+1.431
0823Ragazzi / Simoni+1.486
097Fascicolo / Cecchellero+1.510
1041Gobbo / Mantovani+1.636
1128Braams / Braams+2.102
125Andreas Segler+2.307
1346Bettini / Dionisio+2.511
142Javier Ibran+3.187
1532Johathan Sicart+3.200
1669Zanini / Foglio+3.360
1713Bocellari / Delli Guanti+3.446
1860Rayneri / Silva+3.678
1918Curti / Curti+3.777
2033Tani Hanna+3.977
214Per Nielsen+4.771
2299Shovlin / Cullen+5.054
2338Christian Overgaard+5.476
2456Thomas Herpell+6.410
2598Daniel Waszcinski+7.312
2624Pierre Marie De Leener+7.793
2731Charly Conde+9.038


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