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Markus Pommer goes quickest in second Portimão practice

Friday, April 27 2012

Markus Pommer ended today's (Friday) second Formula Two practice session at Portimão as the quickest man, closely followed by Mihai Marinescu and Alex Fontana.

On a now dry track following this morning's rain, the 21-year-old German set a best lap of 1:33.811s early on and couldn't be bettered with Swiss teenager Mathéo Tuscher in fourth and practice one pace-setter Luciano Bacheta in fifth.

In the first part of the 45-minute session it was British driver Bacheta who laid down the early benchmark lapping in the 1:34s ahead of Chinese racer David Zhu, Kevin Mirocha and Daniel McKenzie.

Tuscher then went top shortly after the halfway point before Fontana and then Pommer eclipsed the 15-year-old with Marinescu, currently lying second in the championship, moved into P2.

With five minutes to go and now on a completely dry track, the front runners were able to match the times set during yesterday's final test session with Pommer the first and only driver to break into the 1:33s and going 0.224s ahead of his nearest rival.

Indian racer Parthiva Sureshwaren impressed to finish in sixth for the session ahead of Zhu and 2011 F2 runner-up Christopher Zanella who was off his usual quick pace.
McKenzie ended ninth with Pole Mirocha completing the top 10 driver which were separated by just over a second.

Tomorrow's (Saturday) opening qualifying session gets underway at 09:15 (local time) with full coverage, including live timing, on the F2 website www.formulatwo.com. 

F2 Results: Portugal Free Practice 2:

1. Markus Pommer, 1:33.811s
2. Mihai Marinescu, +0.224s  
3. Alex Fontana, +0.433s 
4. Mathéo Tuscher, +0.531s 
5. Luciano Bacheta, +0.576s 
6. Parthiva Sureshwaren, +0.738s
7. David Zhu, +0.838s
8. Christopher Zanella, +0.987s
9. Daniel McKenzie, +1.069s
10. Kevin Mirocha, +1.123s