11/05/2018 – Engines, tyres and drivers start to warm up preparing for the ACI Racing Weekend at Paul Ricard Circuit, that on the 24th of June will see F1 back in France, after 27 years from last race at le Castellet, and 10 year after Magny Cours.
On the French 5,842 meters circuit first free practice session started at 9:00 has seen Ian Rodriguen (BRZ Benelli) tas the fastest, with 2’06.283, followed by Gregoire Saucy (Jenzer Motorsport) with 2’06.545 and, third, Giorgio Carrara (Jenzer Motorsport).
In the second session of free practice started at 12:00, real performances have started to be clearer, also because some teams have put on new tyres, so that best time of the British Olli Caldwell (Prema Theodore Racing) has been more than one second faster than best time of session 1, with 2’05.340. Second position for Leonardo Lorandi (Bhai Tech Racing, 2’05.
737) and third Enzo Fittipaldi (Prema Theodore Racing), who has set best time at 2’05.859, and who has lamented some personal driving mistakes, while car setup was good.
In free practice 3 probably real best performances have been more visible, as all cars were with new tyres and this session has been the last one before official qualifying tomorrow from 9:00 to 9:15 and from 9:25 to 9:40. Best time of the session and of the day has been set by Frederik Vesti, Danish driver of Van Amersfoort Racing, at his first race in the Italian F4 Championship Powered by Abarth and for the first time racing at Paul Ricard, with 2’05.039, followed by Olli Caldwell (Prema Theodore Racing) with 2’05.101, and third is the leader of the Championship, Enzo Fittipaldi (Prema Theodore Racing) with 2’05.130. So, finally, three drivers are extremely close and will battle tomorrow for pole position, while a little further away is Leonardo Lorandi (Bhai Tech Racing), who for sure tomorrow will work hard to catch up both in qualifying and in Race 1, to be able to take the lead of the Championship.
The 3 races of the Italian F4 Championship Powered by Abarth at Le Castellet will go live on: Sportitalia television, ACI Sport website page http://www.acisport.it/it/F4/home, and on Facebook at the link www.facebook.com/italianf4championship/