FV83.5 Nurburgring: Pietro Fittipaldi quickest in practice

Formula V8 3.5 championship leader Pietro Fittipaldi and Fortec Motorsport's Diego Menchaca took a top spot apiece in the two Friday practice sessions at the Nurburgring

FV83.5 Nurburgring: Pietro Fittipaldi quickest in practice

Lotus driver Fittipaldi, who has a 14-point lead coming into the sixth round of the season, set the fastest time across practice as he led the second session.

He was the only driver to dip below the 1m42s barrier, posting a best of 1m41.930s.

His time, set in much hotter conditions than the first practice session in the morning, was more than 1.5s better than he managed earlier in the day, when he was only good enough for fourth.

In the opening session Menchaca left it until the last lap of his 20-lap run to clock his fastest time of 1m43.296s to put himself a tenth of a second ahead of series debutant Alex Palou.

Japanese Formula 3 frontrunner Palou, a late addition to the small FV83.5 field for this weekend, had a brace of second places in his Teo Martin Motorsport entry.

Fittipaldi's Lotus team-mate Binder was third in FP2, having finish 10th in the first session with a time more than two seconds adrift of Menchaca.

Aragon race winner Egor Orudzhev's form went the other way.

The SMP Racing by AVF driver finished third this morning, less than two-tenths behind first place, but in the afternoon his 1m42.600s was only good enough for seventh.

PRACTICE ONE:

Pos Driver Team Gap Laps
1 Diego Menchaca Fortec Motorsports 1m43.296s 22
2 Alex Palou Teo Martin Motorsport 0.116s 20
3 Egor Orudzhev SMP Racing by AVF 0.189s 20
4 Pietro Fittipaldi Lotus 0.215s 19
5 Alfonso Celis Fortec Motorsports 0.340s 20
6 Yu Kanamaru RP Motorsport 0.387s 19
7 Matevos Isaakyan SMP Racing by AVF 1.106s 18
8 Konstantin Tereschenko Teo Martin Motorsport 1.298s 19
9 Damiano Fioravanti RP Motorsport 1.393s 17
10 Rene Binder Lotus 1.664s 20
11 Roy Nissany RP Motorsport 2.242s 12
12 Giuseppe Cipriani Il Barone Rampante 3.601s 21

PRACTICE TWO:

Pos Driver Team Gap Laps
1 Pietro Fittipaldi Lotus 1m41.930s 20
2 Alex Palou Teo Martin Motorsport 0.311s 20
3 Rene Binder Lotus 0.317s 19
4 Alfonso Celis Fortec Motorsports 0.535s 19
5 Diego Menchaca Fortec Motorsports 0.608s 23
6 Roy Nissany RP Motorsport 0.660s 17
7 Egor Orudzhev SMP Racing by AVF 0.670s 13
8 Konstantin Tereschenko Teo Martin Motorsport 0.742s 19
9 Matevos Isaakyan SMP Racing by AVF 1.009s 15
10 Damiano Fioravanti RP Motorsport 1.284s 19
11 Yu Kanamaru RP Motorsport 1.323s 20
12 Giuseppe Cipriani Il Barone Rampante 2.577s 17



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