Matteo Cairoli dominated Free Practice at the high-speed Monza as he looked to reignite his championship challenge by claiming top spot in Free Practice.
The Italian set a blistering time of 1.52.612, almost five tenths faster than race-winner last time out Mathieu Jaminet.
Championship leader Sven Müller couldn’t keep on the pace of his championship rivals as he finished the session in ninth and just over a second off Cairoli’s time.
The home crowd not only had Cairoli to cheer about at the end of the session as 18-year-old Guest Star driver, Mattia Drudi finished third for the Dinamic Motorsport team.
Cairoli did admit after the session his fastest time wasn’t a true reflection: “In my fastest lap I cut too much so I guess the time will be cancelled”.
He did however go on to say: “However, the second fastest lap was about two tenth of a second slower, so I will still stay on top of the list. We still have to work a little on the set-up of my Porsche, but we are on a good way here in Monza.”
Mathieu Jaminet was pleased with his Free Practice running: “I am quite satisfied with the result”, nevertheless, like last weekend in Spa-Francorchamps we have to improve the balance of the car. It’s more difficult to drive with new tyres than with a used set. We have to look what we can do for the qualifying tomorrow.”
Sven Müller quickly found out the reason for being dramatically off the pace, his seat of his Porsche Car was the problem.
Even knowing this, the German honestly admitted it wasn’t a flawless day: “I made some mistakes today”, “That was the (proof) that one has to do a 100% job to be level within the top contenders, no matter if it is the free practice, the qualifying or the race.”