Sophia Floersch will start tomorrow's F3 Regional races in Imola from P11 and P8 respectively, while Sharon Scolari had a troubled first day.
Sophia Floersch finished the F3 Regional Europe first day at Imola with a disappointing P11 and P8 in the two 15-minutes qualifying sessions that will determine tomorrow's race 1 and race 2 starting grids.
The German girl was sixth fastest in both practice sessions earlier today, not far from 5th placed Nannini. The Italian was the "best of the rest", as Prema Powerteam trio once again set the pace until the first qualifying, when Igor Fraga clinched a surprise pole position at the very end of the session. It was Vesti again to top the second session, thus re-establishing the order.
A visibly annoyed Floersch spent the majority of the sessions again around the top 6, but in the closing stages her position dropped dramatically, as she could not capitalize her pace in her last attempts, as the 18-year old from Munich lamented two disbalanced set of tyres:
"Difficult to see the track with those vibrations. Not possible to do a fast lap. So sorry for my team." - she commented.
"Life doesn’t always work out how it should. I learnt that already when I was really young. Especially in Motorsport things happen which you can not control." - wrote Floersch on her social media feeds. "Let’s see which surprise tomorrow brings..."
Swiss Sharon Scolari started her first ever outing in Imola with optimism, as the four races of the weekend would have assured her more track time to learn and improve: "It's great to be here in Imola, it's my first time here on this track and those were my first 14 laps around this very fast and technical circuit." - said Sharon after the first practice. Unfortunately, an alternator issue prevented her from taking part in the second practice, affecting her program.
"I'm happy that at least I got to run in qualifying, as this morning after FP1 we found an electronical issue with the car so we had to change the alternator, so I could not take part in FP2. Not taking part in the second practice session was tough, so much so that I had to use both quali sessions to try to improve of a couple of seconds and I'll have to use tomorrow's races as well to get to know the track better. Luckily the weekend is long, four races, and I am hopeful for Sunday's races."
Sunday's afternoon will, in fact, host a fourth F3 Regional race, as the series was forced to cancel the third race at Vallelunga for torrential rain earlier in the season.
In Sophia's words:
"Let’s see which surprise tomorrow brings..."
Ph credits: Racers-BehindTheHelmet.com