Jousse tops first practice at Imola

Julien Jousse set the fastest time of the first free practice session of the penultimate Formula 2 round of the season at Imola this morning

Jousse tops first practice at Imola

The 23-year-old Frenchman is currently fourth in the championship, but only two points adrift of second-placed Mikhail Aleshin.

Jousse, who took his maiden F2 win at Donington Park in August, swapped fastest times with Tobias Hegewald mid-way through the session before moving four tenths clear with 12 minutes remaining.

His time remained untouched following a red flag stoppage five minutes from the end when Jens Hoing spun off at Tamburello.

The session restarted with just one minute remaining and although several cars took the circuit, there was no time for any improvements - although Carlos Iaconelli did set the fastest first sector time of the session after the chequered flag.

Hegewald kept the second quickest time ahead of Red Bull drivers Mirko Bortolotti and Aleshin. Kazim Vasiliauskas and Milos Pavlovic completed the top six, just ahead of Robert Wickens who is third in the standings.

Championship leader Andy Soucek can wrap up the title if he beats Aleshin, Wickens and Jousse in Saturday's race. He was ninth fastest this morning, behind Tom Gladdis.

Jason Moore did not take to the track after the FIA doctors insisted more strapping be applied to the fractured hand he sustained in an accident at Oschersleben two weeks ago.

Pos Driver Time Gap 1. Julien Jousse 1:39.496 2. Tobias Hegewald 1:39.915 +0.419 3. Mirko Bortolotti 1:39.943 +0.447 4. Mikhail Aleshin 1:40.229 +0.733 5. Kazim Vasiliauskas 1:40.284 +0.788 6. Milos Pavlovic 1:40.363 +0.867 7. Robert Wickens 1:40.544 +1.048 8. Tom Gladdis 1:40.649 +1.153 9. Andy Soucek 1:40.765 +1.269 10. Armaan Ebrahim 1:40.833 +1.337 11. Edoardo Piscopo 1:41.102 +1.606 12. Carlos Iaconelli 1:41.122 +1.626 13. German Sanchez 1:41.415 +1.919 14. Jens Hoing 1:41.431 +1.935 15. Natacha Gachnang 1:41.513 +2.017 16. Jack Clarke 1:41.515 +2.019 17. Ollie Hancock 1:41.525 +2.029 18. Nicola de Marco 1:41.545 +2.049 19. Jolyon Palmer 1:41.806 +2.310 20. Alex Brundle 1:42.031 +2.535 21. Sebastian Hohenthal 1:42.688 +3.192 22. Henri Karjalainen 1:43.020 +3.524 23. Pietro Gandolfi 1:43.844 +4.348 24. Philipp Eng 1:45.143 +5.647 25. Jason Moore no time 
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