With no fewer than forty-seven cars on the track during Friday's Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. collective testing, the main objective for the drivers was to get a clear run at a flying lap.
In the morning session, Korainen Motorsport's Carlos Sainz Jr. came out on top in a session cut short by a crash for R-Ace Grand Prix's Pieter Schothorst. In the afternoon, Josef Kauffmann Racing's Robin Frijns set the fastest lap.
This weekend, moreso than others, qualifying will be critical. As the competitors from Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup joined drivers from the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 for the Spa-Francorchamps round this weekend, a total of 47 cars took to the track for collective testing. Interwetten.com's Gustavo Menezes and Fortec Motorsport's Mohammed Fahmi Bin joined the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 drivers for the occasion.
The leaderboard was in a constant state of flux as Epic Racing's Alex Riberas, Tech 1 Racing's Javier Tarancon, Interwetten.com Junior Team's Timmy Hansen and Carlos Sainz Jr. distinguished themselves from the rest of the pack early on in the proceedings. The Koiranen Motorsport drivers took the ascendant in the first fifteen minutes.
With a lap time 2'22''244, Carlos Sainz Jr. had the upper hand, pursued by KTR's Daniil Kvyat and Liroy Stuart.
The session was interrupted when R-Ace Grand Prix's Pieter Schothorst crashed out at the Raidillon. Schothorst's accident put paid to the morning's action in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0.
The Netherlander was evacuated to hospital where he underwent a full examination of his knees, but he was back at the circuit with a clean bill of health for the start of the afternoon session.
After a short first session, the afternoon saw all drivers knuckling down. Daniil Kvyat set the tempo at the start of the afternoon, but it was up to Carlos Sainz Jr. to improve on his own time from the morning, with a 2'21''970 lap. The Spaniard led the action ahead of Tarancon, Kvyat and Stoffel Vandoorne until the session was interrupted when Fortec Motorsport's Felix Serralles crashed.
On the restart, the flying laps kept on coming. MP Motorsport's Kevin Kleveros unseated Carlos Sainz Jr. from top-spot. The Swede only enjoyed his provisional fastest lap for a few seconds, before Frinjs, Kvyat and Will Stevens immediately bettered his efforts. The session was interrupted once more when Korainen Motorsport's Joni Wiman lost it.
Ultimately, it would be Frijns who would finish the day on top with a lap time of 2'21''216.
Robin Frijns: "With forty-seven cars on the track it wasn't easy to do my job. I was lucky enough to get a clear lap, which no doubt explains my position. It's a circuit that I love, and where I've already won in Formula Renault 2.0. We still have some work to do to get our car spot on, but we'll do everything we can to win."
Daniil Kvyat: "I made the cut today, even if we lost a lot of time due to interruptions. I need a good weekend, as I made a bit of a hash of the first meeting. I love this circuit, like a lot of drivers. Winning at Spa is always a big deal."
Gustavo Menezes: "It's the first time I've driven single-seaters in Europe. It's a world apart from the US; I love it! This circuit is crazy. Getting to grips with the car Spa-Francorchamps isn't the easiest thing in the world, but it's certainly exciting. I just need not to focus too much on the results this weekend."