Dutchman just edges out Bortolotti by 0.002s
Kelvin Snoeks was the fastest man during today’s (Friday) closely fought second practice session in the FIA Formula Two Championship at Brands Hatch, lapping a mere 0.002s ahead of Mirko Bortolotti.
The Dutchman just edged out the Italian front-runner to head the timesheets with Romanian Mihai Marinescu in third and Brit Jack Clarke once again impressing in fourth. Meanwhile Spaniard Ramon Pineiro completed the top five during the 45-minute session.
Drivers were once again greeted with bright, sunny conditions for the start of the second free practice session with Alex Brundle one of the early pace-setters, until a mistake at Sheene Curve brought about an early end to his stint and a halt to proceedings.
When the session resumed it was 21-year-old title-leader Bortolotti who went quickest with Tobias Hegewald, Marinescu and Snoeks all looking quick, as were British drivers Clarke and 17-year-old Jordan King.
With all the drivers so evenly matched – the top 10 within one second – the lead was changing constantly before Snoeks found some great pace to take the P1 spot and remain there until the end of the session. A late push from Bortolotti saw him get within 0.002s of Snoeks’ time, an indication of how close this weekend’s racing is likely to be, but it wasn’t quite enough to steal the honours.
German Hegewald looked quick to secure P6 followed by King, 19-year-old Monras and Frenchman Benjamin Lariche – one of his best ever results. Theimo Storz completed the top ten while further down the order in P14 lay Swiss driver and title contender Christopher Zanella.
The F2 cars on back on track tomorrow morning at 9am (local time) for the first qualifying session.
Free practice two, results:
1. Kelvin Snoeks, 1:17.568s
2. Mirko Bortolotti, +0.002s
3. Mihai Marinescu, +0.032s
4. Jack Clarke, +0.281s
5. Ramon Pineiro, +0.297s
6. Tobias Hegewald, +0.300s
7. Jordan King, +0.400s
8. Miki Monras, +0.416s
9. Benjamin Lariche, +0.472s
10. Thiemo Storz, +0.814s