Renaud Kuppens

Free practice

Paul Ricard - FRA

Jonathan Sicart / Ange Barde 

Barde/Sicart top the timesheet

The 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

0132Jonathan Sicart / Ange Barde2:16.701
0241Alberto Cola / Patrick Gobbo+0.109
0366Fabio Venier / Andrea Gardelli+0.199
0423Riccardo Ragazzi / Alan Simoni+0.233
0535Mauro Calamia / Riccardo Romagnoli+0.240
0622Mikkel Mac+0.273
071Renaud Kuppens+0.300
088Carlo Romani / Patrick Zamparini+0.676
097Giuseppe Fascicolo / Andrea Cecchellero+0.796
1099Maxim Akhtyamov+1.364
1128Mathijs Bakker+1.673
1250Felipe Merjech+2.206
1313Gianfranco Bocellari / Roberto Delli Guanti+2.249
145Andreas Segler+2.968
154Per Nielsen+3.241
1637Gianandrea Pellegrinelli / Niki Cadei+3.259
1746Mauro Cesari / Sandro Bettini+3.371
182Ibran Javier+3.764
1969Piero Foglio / Stefano Zanini+4.640
2014Adrien De Leener+4.670
2160Roberto Silva / Roberto Rayneri+4.672
2298Daniel Waszczinski+4.866
2356Thomas Herpell+5.043
2424Pierre Marie De Leener+28.795

Renaud Kuppens 

Kuppens gets off on the right foot

Renaud 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

011Renaud Kuppens2:16.221
0235Mauro Calamia / Riccardo Romagnoli+0.100
037Giuseppe Fascicolo / Andrea Cecchellero+0.189
0466Fabio Venier / Andrea Gardelli+0.473
0523Riccardo Ragazzi / Alan Simoni+0.958
0641Alberto Cola / Patrick Gobbo+1.127
0737Gianandrea Pellegrinelli / Niki Cadei+1.137
088Carlo Romani / Patrick Zamparini+1.307
095Andreas Segler+1.877
1028Mathijs Bakker+2.012
1122Mikkel Mac+2.059
1269Piero Foglio / Stefano Zanini+2.307
1399Maxim Akhtyamov+2.704
1446Mauro Cesari / Sandro Bettini+2.731
1514Adrien De Leener+2.915
1698Daniel Waszczinski+3.739
174Per Nielsen+4.095
182Ibran Javier+4.528
1950Felipe Merjech+5.084
2013Gianfranco Bocellari / Roberto Delli Guanti+5.171
2132Jonathan Sicart / Ange Barde+5.406
2256Thomas Herpell+5.472
2360Roberto Silva / Roberto Rayneri+5.647
2424Pierre Marie De Leener+8.453


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