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Zamparelli on top in opening Monza practice

Friday, September 28 2012

Dino Zamparelli got his weekend off to the best possible start by topping the timesheets during today's (Friday) opening Formula Two practice session at Monza, finishing a mere 0.011s ahead of nearest rival Mathéo Tuscher.

The 19-year-old British/Italian racer, currently lying eighth in the standings with two podiums, set a best time of 1:38.691s around the legendary Italian circuit where drivers were hitting top speeds of 300kph.

The majority of the best times were set early on in the dry, warm session with positions remaining unchanged for much of the duration. Mihai Marinescu, who recorded his maiden F2 win here last year, secured third spot with just 0.113s separating the top three drivers.

Fourth position went to Markus Pommer, hoping to carry on from his Hungary win last time out, with Axcil Jefferies impressing in fifth spot. Championship leader and favourite to scoop the title crown this weekend Luciano Bacheta finished sixth closely followed by fellow countryman Hector Hurst.

2011 F2 runner-up Christopher Zanella was eighth ahead of Alex Fontana, supported by Alessia Regazzoni daughter of the legendary Clay this weekend, with Polish racer Kevin Mirocha rounding out the top 10.

The session saw brief stoppages for separate spins by Plamen Kralev and Max Snegirv, both at Ascari, with the two finishing in 13th and 15 places respectively.

Today's second practice session gets underway at 16:15 (local time) with full coverage on the official F2 website.

F2 Results: Monza - Practice 1:

1. Dino Zamparelli, 1:38.691s
2. Mathéo Tuscher, +0.011s  
3. Mihai Marinescu, +0.113s
4. Markus Pommer, +0.445s  
5. Axcil Jefferies, +0.511s        
6. Luciano Bacheta, +0.631s 
7. Hector Hurst, +0.637s 
8. Christopher Zanella, +0.652s
9. Alex Fontana, +0.767s       
10. Kevin Mirocha, +0.773s  
11. Daniel McKenzie, +1.160s
12. David Zhu, +1.263s
13. Plamen Kralev, +1.278s
14. Harald Schlegelmilch, +1.385s 
15. Max Snegirev, +1.752s