Free Practice

Shanghai - CHN

Kuppens finds his groove

Renaud Kuppens came out on top in the second 45-minute free practice session. Shanghai, China, is the stage on which act five of the Maserati Trofeo is being played out.

The Belgian put in a lap of 1'55"633, 0.424 up on the De Leener/Sbirrazzuoli duo.

The Shanghai circuit is a tricky and spectacular one that stretched the drivers, tested the Trofeo's handling and the grip of the Pirelli tyres.

Things were even behind the reigning champion with nine drivers within 1.5 seconds of each other. In third came the Swiss Team duo of Gardelli/Venier, 0.653 off Kuppens, with Cecchellero/Fascicolo in fourth. Barde claimed fifth just as the session was coming to a close, ahead of Mac and Gobbo/Cola. Just behind the Italian crew, Simoni/Ragazzi were unable to repeat their fine first session display and finished eighth. They classified ahead of the Chinese duo of Tengyl/Liu and the Cesari/Wong crew that is teaming up again after their Race 2 win at Silverstone.


Free practice 2

1 1Renaud Kuppens1:55.633
2 14Sbirrazzuoli / De Leener+0.424
3 66Gardelli / Venier+0.653
4 7Cecchellero / Fascicolo+0.813
5 88Ange Barde+0.837
6 22Mac+1.030
7 41Gobbo / Cola+1.037
8 23Simoni / Ragazzi+1.279
9 89Tengylliu+1.369
10 46Wong / Cesari+1.439

Simoni/Ragazzi get off on the right foot

Simoni/Ragazzi were quickest in free practice, a session that marked the opening of Maserati's weekend in Shanghai, China.

The pairing, still in the title hunt, stopped the clock at 1'54"840, just .048 up on a consistent Ange Barde. Behind the Frenchman came Renaud Kuppens.

Also catching the eye were Venier/Gardelli, fourth, Mikkel Mac, fifth, and the Adrian De Leener/Cedric Sbirrazzuoli crew, in sixth.

The drivers in the title chase focused mainly on getting to know the Shanghai circuit and avoided taking any unnecessary risks.

Overall, the session was evenly-balanced with eleven drivers bunched within less than two seconds with seven were less than a second off the time posted by the championship leader.

Free practice 1

1 23Alan Simoni / Riccardo Ragazzi1:54.840
2 88Ange Barde+0.048
3 1Renaud Kuppens+0.348
4 66Andrea Gardelli / Fabio Venier+0.561
5 22Mikkel Mac+0.631
6 14Cedric Sbirrazzuoli / Andrea De Leener+0.689
7 7Andrea Cecchellero / Giuseppe Fascicolo+0.854
8 41Patrick Gobbo / Alberto Cola+1.212
9 89Tengylliu+1.552
10 35Mauro Calamia+1.639

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