2020 Formula Regional European Championship – Leclerc and Hauger on Top in Free Practice


In the first free practice session on Friday the Imola track was wet and Leclerc was the fastest, but the Monegasque was hampered by gearbox problems for FP2, where a very fast and effective Hauger was the stand out on a dry track in the afternoon.

In the first session Arthur Leclerc (Prema Powerteam) was fastest with a 1:57.521, followed by Dennis Hauger (Van Amersfoort Racing) taking part in his second weekend of the series, having been immediately on the pace in Barcelona, atopping the watch with a 1:58.542. Third was Oliver Rasmussen, Leclerc’s teammate, with 1:58.545, just 3 thousandths off second place. The championship leader, Gianluca Petecof, was held up and could only manage sixth with a 1:59.326.

In the second session on a dry track, Leclerc was unfortunately sidelined by a gearbox problem that meant he never even made it out on track, so Hauger took advantage of his absence to set a best time of 1:46.222, while behind him newcomer Ian Rodriguez (DR Formula by RP Motorsport) was immediately fast with a 1:46.653. Third again was Rasmussen with a 1:46.661, while Gianluca Petecof still lagged behind, finishing eighth as a result of technical problems.

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