Lariche fastest in Valencia practice

Benjamin Lariche set the fastest time in the opening Formula 2 free practice session at Valencia this morning

Lariche fastest in Valencia practice

The 23-year-old Frenchman posted a late flying lap to knock Philipp Eng off the top spot and set the quickest lap in a session for the first time this season.

Valencia holds fond memories for Lariche after he took his first, and to date only, major car racing victory at the Spanish track in the 2008 Formula Renault West European Cup.

Eng finished the session second quickest, ahead of Jack Clarke who set the pace in the early running, with Kazim Vasiliauskas, Sergei Afanasiev and Nicola de Marco completing the top six.

Title favourite Dean Stoneman was 11th, with challenger Jolyon Palmer 14th.

Natalia Kowalska returns to the series after missing the last round at Oschersleben and was 15th this morning, while Ramon Pineiro was 17th on his series debut.

 Pos Driver Time Gap Laps 1. Benjamin Lariche 1m28.022s 16 2. Philipp Eng 1m28.171s +0.149 16 3. Jack Clarke 1m28.280s +0.258 16 4. Kazim Vasiliauskas 1m28.800s +0.778 16 5. Sergei Afanasiev 1m28.801s +0.779 15 6. Nicola de Marco 1m28.893s +0.871 15 7. Kelvin Snoeks 1m28.965s +0.943 17 8. Will Bratt 1m29.057s +1.035 16 9. Mihai Marinescu 1m29.062s +1.040 16 10. Benjamin Bailly 1m29.105s +1.083 14 11. Dean Stoneman 1m29.139s +1.117 15 12. Armaan Ebrahim 1m29.178s +1.156 14 13. Ricardo Teixeira 1m29.244s +1.222 15 14. Jolyon Palmer 1m29.493s +1.471 15 15. Natalia Kowalska 1m29.494s +1.472 17 16. Ivan Samarin 1m30.052s +2.030 16 17. Ramon Pineiro 1m30.168s +2.146 17 18. Johannes Theobald 1m30.256s +2.234 16 19. Plamen Kralev 1m31.049s +3.027 16 
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