Teemu Leino has topped the first of two controlled practice sessions here in Bologna for the 1/10th class, the Infinity driver making up one of a very close trio that was competed by the Xray pairing of Alessio Mazzeo and Leo Arnold. Split by less than 7/100ths, behind the top 3 was reigning class champion Jilles Groskamp, followed by the Shepherd trio of Melvin Diekmann, Thilo Todtmann and Eduardo Escandon completing the top 7 with the difference between first to seventh less than a second over 3-consecutive laps. Asked about how his practice has been so far, Leino simply said ‘good’, before elaborating saying that they have changed the car every run, but now it is the best it has been. Feeling there is still a little bit still to come he said his IF15 is very easy to drive and the setup they have is perfect for the final.
A very close second in the opening round of controlled practice, Alessio Mazzeo was very content with his new Xray NT1. With the 2019 spec being released recently, the likeable Italian was very happy with the changes made, which he said made the car more like the brand’s EP car in terms of adjustability. Very happy with his current setup, he finished up by saying ‘it’s looking good for the race’.
Also very happy with his new Xray ride, Leo Arnold was the final driver in the 50 second range. The Frenchman summed it up by saying ‘ it was easy to drive and consistent over the 6 minutes’ expanding on that by saying ‘the car has more traction so we can go more aggressive on the front’. Asked his opinion on tire wear, he feels that for sure the wear is high but mostly on the right side meaning they will have to manage trim carefully in the race and for sure ‘change the right side tires at least twice in the final’.
Completing the top 4, current ENS Champion, Jilles Groskamp, who is running in his first race with new engine sponsors Max Power and Maxima fuel, commented on how close it was at the front. ‘Power track, more power equals more speed’ the Dutchman felt there is more to come from his engine but said there is no point in finding the limit so soon in the event.