2020 Formula Regional European Championship – Rasmussen Not Ready to Throw In The Towel


Still with a mathematical chance of taking the 2020 title, Oliver Rasmussen, currently lying third in the championship, clearly had no intention of giving up and declared that he wants to win all three races at the Vallelunga circuit. Mission possible! In qualifying, on a wet track and running on wet weather tyres, the Danish driver was clearly the fastest man out. Pole for the first race was 1:44.803, with second placed Dennis Hauger 0.812 seconds adrift and Pierre-Louis Chovet in 3rd a massive 1.336 behind. A good result from Jamie Chadwick saw her clain 4th, while the best the championship leader Gianluca Petecof could manage was 5th (1:46.905).

In the second session, on a drying track but with everyone still on rain tyres, the sun and wind saw the Tarmac dry and the times progressively improve over the course of 15 minutes. Rasmussen was still fastest with a 1:42.814, ahead of Konsta Lappalainen by 0.0591, followed by Patrik Pasma (1:43.456), Petecof (1:43.577) and Chovet (1:43.582).

The session was a disaster for Arthur Leclerc, who after being plagued by technical problems in Imola, was again sidelined by an engine problem in Vallelunga and missed both qualifying sessions.

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