Pentus fastest in practice at Aragon

Estonian Sten Pentus continued his formidable pre-season testing form to lead Friday morning practice at the opening Formula Renault 3.5 round of 2010 at Motorland Aragon

Pentus fastest in practice at Aragon

The Fortec driver moved to the top of the timesheet just before the quarter hour mark and gradually lowered his benchmark to 1m43.970s.

British Formula 3 champion Daniel Ricciardo briefly moved into top spot with 10 minutes remaining, only for Pentus to respond and edge out the Australian by 0.056s.

Reigning Italian F3 champion Daniel Zampieri took third for Pons Racing, ahead of Pentus's Fortec team-mate Jon Lancaster, who finished on the podium at Motorland last October.

Julian Leal finished fifth with 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 teams' champions Draco, eclipsing his fancied rookie team-mate Nathanael Berthon by five places.

Junior Lotus Racing's Daniil Move, another to mount the podium last year, rounded out the top six.

Formula Renault Eurocup champion Albert Costa made his comeback to the cockpit following a prolonged hand injury sustained in a Barcelona testing crash.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Sten Pentus Fortec 1m43.615s 29 2. Daniel Ricciardo Tech 1 1m43.671s +0.056 21 3. Daniel Zampieri Pons 1m43.867s +0.252 19 4. Jon Lancaster Fortec 1m44.158s +0.543 20 5. Julian Leal Draco 1m44.315s +0.700 23 6. Daniil Move Junior Lotus 1m44.339s +0.724 16 7. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 1m44.390s +0.775 22 8. Stefano Coletti Comtec 1m44.439s +0.824 24 9. Nelson Panciatici Junior Lotus 1m44.475s +0.860 20 10. Nathanael Berthon Draco 1m44.502s +0.887 18 11. Keisuke Kunimoto Epsilon 1m44.538s +0.923 21 12. Jan Charouz P1 1m44.607s +0.992 18 13. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m44.650s +1.035 19 14. Victor Garcia KMP 1m44.740s +1.125 20 15. Jake Rosenzweig Carlin 1m44.749s +1.134 21 16. Federico Leo Pons 1m44.819s +1.204 19 17. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP 1m44.841s +1.226 23 18. Esteban Guerrieri ISR 1m45.095s +1.480 10 19. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1m45.127s +1.512 14 20. Sergio Canamasas Interwetten 1m45.299s +1.684 23 21. Greg Mansell Comtec 1m45.448s +1.833 23 22. Albert Costa Epsilon 1m45.638s +2.023 19 23. Bruno Mendez Interwetten 1m46.890s +3.275 22 24. Filip Salaquarda ISR 1m47.078s +3.463 11 
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