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Bortolotti sets the pace once more

Friday, September 30 2011

Mirko Bortolotti continued to lead the way during today's (Friday) second free practice session in the FIA Formula Two Championship, with the Italian once again heading the timesheets in Monza.

The 21-year-old narrowly beat his best time from this morning's 45-minute session to fend off nearest rival Mihai Marinescu, who recovered from a spin at Turn 1 towards the end of the session.

Alex Brundle ended the session third quickest ahead of Spaniard Miki Monras and Mikkel Mac who rounded out the top five ahead of rounds 13 and 14 this weekend.

Brit Brundle was the first of the early pace-setters as the afternoon's second free practice session got underway, lapping in the mid 1min 41s. Bortolotti wasn't far behind though together with Marinescu and young Danish driver Mac.

By the halfway stage Brundle continued to set the benchmark while drivers including Monras, Kelvin Snoeks and Tobias Hegewald moved up into the top five.

As the sun-soaked session drew to a close it was Bortolotti who jumped to the top of the timesheets with a 1:40.731s and edging his way ever closer to the 2011 title crown.

Just outside the top five lay Swiss racer Christopher Zanella followed by Hegewald and Ramon Pineiro with Thiemo Storz and Korean driver Sunghak Mun completing the top 10.

Parthiva Sureshwaren also impressed during the session going 12th fastest.

The action resumes tomorrow with the first qualifying session taking place at 10:15 (local time) with full coverage on the official F2 website.

Results: Monza - Free practice two:

1. Mirko Bortolotti, 1:40.731s
2. Mihai Marinescu, +0.271s
3. Alex Brundle, +0.287s
4. Miki Monras, +0.402s
5. Mikkel Mac, +0.601s
6. Christopher Zanella, +0.640s
7. Tobias Hegewald, +0.823s
8. Ramon Pineiro, +0.979s
9. Theimo Storz, +1.131s
10. Sunghak Mun, +1.158s

Click here to download the full classification