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W-Series: Sarah Moore fastest in the closing stages of FP2 at Assen

British Sarah Moore went fastest in the closing minutes of the second practice session at Assen, topping a W-Series session for the first time.

The first day of action on the famous Dutch Assen TT Circuit ended with Sarah Moore topping the timesheets, after the British driver posted a 1:34.247 in the closing minutes.

It is the first time Moore leads a session, as it was the case for this morning's FP1 led by Emma Kimilainen. The Finnish racer's best lap of 1:34.195, signed earlier today, remains nonetheless Friday's fastest.

Kimilainen went again on top of the classify in the afternoon session, but she was this time beaten by Alice Powell, who enjoyed a very competitive Friday after the unbelievably unlucky round at the Norisring two weeks ago.

Times dropped rapidly, but Powell stayed on top of the standings for most of the 45 minutes session.

Jessica Hawkins and Emma Kimilainen followed closely, confirming their strong form of the earlier session. Another consistent presence in the top positions was Polish Gosia Rdest, who ended the last round's Friday on top.

Championship contenders Jamie Chadwick, Beitske Visser and Fabienne Wohlwend struggled to make it into the top 5 with the first set of tyres, with home hero Visser climbing the standings in the second part of the session.

Vicky Piria, after a convincing P8 this morning on a track that seemingly suits her driving style, went fastest with the second set of new tyres with 10 minutes left on the clock.

It was then Sarah Moore to beat Piria by 0.237 seconds and making Friday's headlines.

In the closing stages British Jamie Chadwick posted a 1:34.720 which was fast enough for third.

Alice Powell did not improve in the last round of flying laps and dropped to fourth, ahead of compatriot Jessica Hawkins, who revealed to have suffered an engine problem towards the end of FP2.

Kimilainen ended 6th without bolting on the last set of new tyres and Rdest was 7th fastest as she found traffic in her last attempt. Miki Koyama improved from her FP1 result and climbed to P8, while Wohlwend was P9. Tasmin Pepper once again finished within the top 10.

Sarah Bovy was again fastest of the reserve drivers, finishing P17.

Championship front-runners Visser and Garcia were P12 and P14 respectively, as they will try to climb the standings tomorrow morning for qualifying, which will go green at 09:30 local time.

Despite a sunny and warm Friday in Assen, rain is expected to hit the Ducth track tomorrow, as some of the drivers may have gambled with tyre strategy today.

Wet or dry, Saturday in Assen is set to be yet another highly competitive day of racing for W-Series, with more and more drivers joining the fight for the top positions.

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