R-ace GP underlined their performance with a top-four lockout in the final Formula Renault Northern European Cup (NEC) practice session at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, with a last-gasp effort for Charles Milesi earning the Frenchman top spot.
Milesi left it until his final flying lap in the searing heat to post a best time of 1:50.214 seconds, eclipsing team-mate Logan Sargeant by three tenths of a second, with Victor Martins and Max Fewtrell third and fourth respectively.
Tech1 Racing were ‘best of the rest’ after building on their promise from the morning session to go fifth and sixth quickest in the hands of Thomas Neubauer and Frank Bird, with FP1 pace-setter Lorenzo Colombo (JD Motorsport) only seventh.
Gabriel Gandulia kept up a perfect record as the quickest full-season NEC entry around the iconic 3.6 mile circuit, with Doureid Ghattas ninth once again for Anders Motorsport.
The German outfit did well to repair an electrical problem on Phil Hill’s car in time for the afternoon session, and despite the limited running thus far he rounded out the top ten, within touching distance of his team-mate Ghattas.
Both Sharon Scolari (ScoRace Team) and Zichao Wang (Cram Motorsport) improved their times from the opening session, and will head into tomorrow morning’s all-important qualifying session with optimism high.
That session gets underway at 10:10 CEST, with live timing available at: livetiming2.alkamelsystems.com.
Charles Milesi said, “It was a good session. I made a few mistakes on my first run but after that I tried to pull everything together, which I managed in the final laps. The car itself isn’t too hot, but when you stop it hits you.
“We have quite a large break between Monaco and Austria in the Eurocup calendar, so this weekend definitely helps in terms of keeping in a rhythm. I’d also like to be able to draw comparisons with the Monza Eurocup round in April and see some improvements.
“It would be great to finish the races this weekend in the top three – or even first – but the main objective is to improve and get a rhythm before heading to the Red Bull Ring.”