Baguette stays top in second practice

Bertrand Baguette repeated his morning form to go fastest in the second Formula Renault 3.5 free practice session at Motorland Aragon

Baguette stays top in second practice

With the newly-completed circuit yet to fully rubber in, the Belgian was able to slice 1.7 seconds from his earlier effort.

Chris van der Drift, hunting his and Epsilon Euskadi's maiden win of the season, went second quickest in a session that was interrupted by three red flags. The final stoppage occurred just seven minutes before the chequered flag, shortly after van der Drift had toppled Baguette's best time with a lap of 1m45.273s.

With the clock still counting down, Baguette was afforded just one flying lap to reclaim his position when the session restarted, and responded with a 1m45.053s.

Julian Leal had one of his best showings of the season with Prema to end the day in third, while Comtec's new, all-British pairing of Jon Lancaster and Greg Mansell took fourth and sixth positions, sandwiching early season points leader Marcos Martinez.

James Walker was eighth fastest for P1 Motorsport, and the Jersey driver felt that his plans to overhaul Charles Pic for second in the championship remained on course.

"We have spent the entire day experimenting, and the tyres that I used to set my final lap time were really old in comparison to some others," said Walker. "I think that we are there or thereabouts, I am not saying we have an advantage, but I think we can do our usual job of making Superpole."

"If I can stay ahead of Pic, then I think we should also be able to handle [the threat of fourth placed] Alguersuari.

"The balance of aero is really important here, because the first part of the lap is quite twisty and then you have a very long straight. If you can get it just right I think that there's a big advantage to be had. If you overdrive, you can lose a lot of time."

Among those to cause red flags today have been Salvador Duran, Bruno Mendez and Mansell. Daniil Move was forced to sit out 10 minutes of track time, after the Russian P1 driver was judged to have set a quick lap under reds.

"The first I saw of a red flag was crossing the start/finish line, but I think the officials only looked at the sector times," said Move.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Bertrand Baguette Draco 1m45.053s 2. Chris van der Drift Epsilon Euskadi 1m45.273s + 0.220s 3. Julian Leal Prema 1m45.766s + 0.713s 4. Jon Lancaster Comtec 1m45.855s + 0.802s 5. Marcos Martinez Pons 1m45.933s + 0.880s 6. Greg Mansell Comtec 1m46.035s + 0.982s 7. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 1m46.042s + 0.989s 8. James Walker P1 1m46.187s + 1.134s 9. Filip Salaquarda Prema 1m46.222s + 1.169s 10. Daniil Move P1 1m46.252s + 1.199s 11. Federico Leo Pons 1m46.390s + 1.337s 12. Sten Pentus Mofaz 1m46.498s + 1.445s 13. Marco Barba Draco 1m46.570s + 1.517s 14. Fairuz Fauzy Mofaz 1m47.019s + 1.966s 15. Anton Nebylitskiy SG 1m47.039s + 1.986s 16. Esteban Guerrieri RC 1m47.056s + 2.003s 17. Jaime Alguersuari Carlin 1m47.187s + 2.134s 18. Charles Pic Tech 1 1m47.267s + 2.214s 19. Salvador Duran Interwetten 1m47.305s + 2.252s 20. Keisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi 1m47.379s + 2.326s 21. Mihai Marinescu Interwetten 1m47.834s + 2.781s 22. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1m47.910s + 2.857s 23. Guillaume Moreau SG 1m48.261s + 3.208s 24. Bruno Mendez RC 1m49.516s + 4.463s 
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