Free practice

Donington - GBR

Gaetano Ardagna

Ardagna, Piancastelli and Baldi; within five tenths of each other

The times and performances improved in the second free practice session at Donington, as the gaps between the drivers came down.

A shade over five seconds separate Ardagna, who set the top time of 1:37.475. Just .110 back is Piancastelli with David Baldi in third after improving by over a second to set 1:38.002.


Sbirrazzuoli/Chionna, from AF Corse, drove consistently to finish fourth in 1:38.036. The pairing bettered the times set by Mildenhall, Bakker, Kroes and Maddalena, in that order. Ninth quickest was the Swiss Team crew of Durante/Grassi, in 1:39.888, as they edged out debutant Riveroll and journalist Giordanelli.


Segler set the twelfth fastest time and the Benusiglio brothers performed much better this time round to finish ahead of Daniel Waszczinski from Belgian team Konvex Motorsport The sun shone as the session came to a close but the weather outlook is not so rosy. The forecast hints at rain and that could be a crucial factor in qualifying and in the races.

Free practice 2

1 90Gaetano Ardagna1:37.475
2 3Nicolò Piancastelli+0.110
3 23David Baldi+0.527
4 30Cedric Sbirrazzuoli / Alessandro Chionna+0.561
5 18Owen Mildenhall+0.770
6 7Mathjis Bakker+0.930
7 8Mark Kroes+1.727
8 43Leonardo Maddalena+1.947
9 36Davide Durante / Matteo Grassi+2.413
10 25Justino Riveroll+3.008

Ardagna edges out Piancastelli in Free Practice 1

Judging from the lap times, it promises to be a hot weekend at Donington, England.

With the sun peeking through the clouds, the fifth round of the Trofeo Maserati got off to a relaxing start with this morning’s free practice.

Venezuelan Gaetano Ardagna, second in the Trofeo standings, posted the best time of 1.37.815. This put him just .143 up on Nicolò Piancastelli, who also tails him overall.

The third best time (1:38.263) was set by the AF Corse pairing of Sbirrazzuoli/Chionna; the crew competes in the Team series. Next up was Leonardo Maddalena and then came Owen Mildenhall, the English journalist who is appearing as a guest and so does not collect any points. In sixth came the Durante/Grassi duo from Swiss Team.

Current Trofeo leader, David Baldi, clocked seventh; 1.536 down on top spot. His time nudged Bakker into eighth with Kroes (another guest) in ninth and journalist Roberto Giordanelli’s 1:41.066 good enough for tenth.

Riveroll, the Venezuelan making his debut, came next followed by Segler, Waszczinski (Konvex Motorsport) and the Renato and Mario Benusiglio crew (Team Renato Benusiglio).

Free practice 1

1 90Gaetano Ardagna1:37.815
2 3Nicolò Piancastelli+0.143
3 30Cedric Sbirrazzuoli / Alessandro Chionna+0.448
4 43Leonardo Maddalena+0.975
5 18Owen Mildenhall+1.264
6 36Davide Durante / Matteo Grassi+1.283
7 23David Baldi+1.536
8 7Mathjis Bakker+1.613
9 8Mark Kroes+2.618
10 19Roberto Giordanelli+3.251

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