Free practice

Sonoma - USA

Renaud Kuppens

Kuppens at the last

Renaud Kuppens pulled another fantastic lap out of the bag to take the second free practice.

The Byrne/McQuarrie crew's time of 1:41.493 had seen them top the leaderboard but Kuppens was able to better their lap by .542. Kuppens had to cover 13 laps to secure top spot; his rivals ran just 6. The Fascicolo/Cecchellero duo needed even fewer laps, only 4, to finish third - just .795 down on the overall leader. Covering less ground in practice might turn out to be a benefit in the race itself.

 

Fourth place was taken by Bakker/Sbirrazzuoli, who managed to limit the gap to Kuppens to eight tenths. Ange Barde came next, tracked by Ragazzi/Simoni, feeling comfortable at Sonoma. Mauro Calamia came seventh but his session ended early with technical problems. Adrien De Leener put in a solid performance to come eighth with Cola/Gobbi ninth and the Venier/Gardelli partnership taking tenth.

 

Two crashes saw the red flag come out twice during the session. Luckily, the accidents involving cars driven Hedman/Vogel and Bocellari/Delli Guanti and the Trofeo commanded by Harry Cheung did not lead to any injuries.

Free practice 2

DriverTime
1 1Renaud Kuppens1:40.951
2 33Patrick Byrne / Tyler Mcquarrie+0.542
3 7Giuseppe Fascicolo / Andrea Cecchellero+0.795
4 28Mathjis Bakker / Cedric Sbirrazzuoli+0.858
5 32Ange Barde+0.942
6 23Riccardo Ragazzi / Alan Simoni+1.470
7 35Mauro Calamia+1.627
8 14Adrien De Leener+1.721
9 41Alberto Cola / Patrick Gobbo+1.867
10 66Fabio Venier / Andrea Gardelli+2.336
11 46Mauro Cesari / Sandro Bettini+2.793
12 31Damon Ockey+3.018
13 5Andreas Segler+3.645
14 4Per Nielsen+3.722
15 89Ryan Ockey+3.757
16 99Joe Becker / Jeff Westphal+4.017
17 60Roberto Rayneri / Roberto Silva+4.063
18 24Pierre Marie De Leener+4.454
19 98Daniel Waszczinski+4.722
20 2Javier Ibran+4.743
21 22Mikkel Mac+4.968
22 27Heinrik Hedman / Ronald Vogel+5.035
23 77Harry Cheung+5.593
24 13Gianfranco Bocellari / Roberto Delli Guanti+6.519
25 18Lino Curti / Carlo Curti+8.234
26 34David Knobel+11.418
27 8Carlo Romani+16.069

Kuppens untouchable

Renaud Kuppens came out on top in the first free practice session at Sonoma.

At the California circuit, the Belgian continued the form that has seen him secure the European title and seemed at home on a track where only a puncture in last year's Race 1 prevented him from scooping an amazing triple.

 

Kuppens' 1:40.538 was some three seconds faster than the lap that gave him pole in 2012. The other 26 drivers were off the leading pace: Riccardo Ragazzi, who finished second in last year's opening race and who is teaming up with Alan Simoni this weekend, came in six tenths down on the Belgian. Mathjis Bakker and Cedric Sbirrazzuoli drove brilliantly to take third, by two tenths, from Mikkel Mac - Mac stands second overall. Fifth went to Fascicolo/Cecchellero, followed by Mauro Calamia. The quickest Trofeo debutant was Jon Becker, 1.750 down on Kuppens. Venier/Gardelli, Cola/Gobbo and Damon Ockey filled the other top ten spots.
 

Free practice 1

DriverTime
1 1Renaud Kuppens1:40.538
2 23Riccardo Ragazzi+0.625
3 28Mathjis Bakker+0.880
4 22Mikkel Mac+1.099
5 7Giuseppe Fascicolo+1.443
6 35Mauro Calamia+1.519
7 99Joe Becker+1.750
8 66Fabio Venier+1.827
9 41Alberto Cola+1.875
10 31Damon Ockey+1.911
11 14Adrien De Leener+2.215
12 13Gianfranco Bocellari+2.740
13 5Andreas Segler+2.801
14 77Harry Cheung+2.894
15 32Ange Barde+3.061
16 89Ryan Ockey+3.136
17 4Per Nielsen+3.546
18 98Daniel Waszczinski+3.822
19 33Patrick Byrne+3.994
20 24Pierre Marie De Leener+3.998
21 60Roberto Rayneri+4.051
22 2Javier Ibran+5.003
23 46Mauro Cesari+5.085
24 27Heinrik Hedman+6.325
25 18Lino Curti+7.355
26 34David Knobel+12.299
27 8Carlo Romani+18.178

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