Barde/Sicart top the timesheetThe Ange Barde/Jonathan Sicart crew was quickest in the second free practice session at the opening round of the 2013 Trofeo Maserati.
The French outfit clocked a best time of 2:16.701, slightly slower than the lap put in by Kuppens in the earlier workout, but still over a tenth faster than Cola/Gobbo. Session 2 was a close-run thing with the first seven grouped within three tenths of each other and the top nine within a second. There was nothing much to separate the drivers in the 45-minute session, showing just how much they were getting to know the track.
The quickest of the Team entrants were Venier/Gardelli, who came third overall. They did just enough to beat Calamia/Romagnoli, fifth behind Ragazzi/Simoni, and Renaud Kuppens. The Belgian called an early halt to his session and was just beaten by Mikkel Mac, a driver who really improved on his morning display.
Romani/Zamparini, in eighth, also did well, as did Fascicolo/Cecchellero; again in a top ten in which Maxim Akhtyamov claimed the final spot.
Free practice 2
|01||32||Jonathan Sicart / Ange Barde||2:16.701|
|02||41||Alberto Cola / Patrick Gobbo||+0.109|
|03||66||Fabio Venier / Andrea Gardelli||+0.199|
|04||23||Riccardo Ragazzi / Alan Simoni||+0.233|
|05||35||Mauro Calamia / Riccardo Romagnoli||+0.240|
|08||8||Carlo Romani / Patrick Zamparini||+0.676|
|09||7||Giuseppe Fascicolo / Andrea Cecchellero||+0.796|
|13||13||Gianfranco Bocellari / Roberto Delli Guanti||+2.249|
|16||37||Gianandrea Pellegrinelli / Niki Cadei||+3.259|
|17||46||Mauro Cesari / Sandro Bettini||+3.371|
|19||69||Piero Foglio / Stefano Zanini||+4.640|
|20||14||Adrien De Leener||+4.670|
|21||60||Roberto Silva / Roberto Rayneri||+4.672|
|24||24||Pierre Marie De Leener||+28.795|
Kuppens gets off on the right footRenaud Kuppens was the driver who engineered the quickest lap today. The free practice session at Paul Ricard, France, was the opening event in this weekend’s first round of the 2013 season.
The reigning champion posted 2:16.221, almost a tenth up on Calamia/Romagnoli and nearly two-tenths faster than Fascicolo/Cecchellero, the top Trofeo drivers. Next up came Swiss pairing Venier/Gardelli, Ragazzi/Simoni and Cola/Gobbo, making their series debut.
The early action was run on a dry track, with rain threatening, allowing the drivers to gradually get to know the circuit without taking too many risks. Later, with more rubber laid down, the times really dropped: the top ten drivers were bunched within two seconds of each other.
Pellegrinelli/Cadei stood out among the drivers making their debut – they came seventh, edging out Zamparini/Romani, a crew with experience in the last Trofeo Maserati Middle East. Also doing well were Foglio/Zanini, twelfth, and Cesari/Bettini, fourteenth; Boccellari/Delli Guanti and Silva/Rayneri had a tougher time of it. Mikkel Mac, driving alone, scored a superb eleventh place behind the experts Segler and Bakker. Another driver deserving a mention is Maxim Akhtyamov, thirteenth - the first Russian to appear in a Trofeo.
Free practice 1
|02||35||Mauro Calamia / Riccardo Romagnoli||+0.100|
|03||7||Giuseppe Fascicolo / Andrea Cecchellero||+0.189|
|04||66||Fabio Venier / Andrea Gardelli||+0.473|
|05||23||Riccardo Ragazzi / Alan Simoni||+0.958|
|06||41||Alberto Cola / Patrick Gobbo||+1.127|
|07||37||Gianandrea Pellegrinelli / Niki Cadei||+1.137|
|08||8||Carlo Romani / Patrick Zamparini||+1.307|
|12||69||Piero Foglio / Stefano Zanini||+2.307|
|14||46||Mauro Cesari / Sandro Bettini||+2.731|
|15||14||Adrien De Leener||+2.915|
|20||13||Gianfranco Bocellari / Roberto Delli Guanti||+5.171|
|21||32||Jonathan Sicart / Ange Barde||+5.406|
|23||60||Roberto Silva / Roberto Rayneri||+5.647|
|24||24||Pierre Marie De Leener||+8.453|
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