Bermingrud on the ropes

by Tim Whittington |

Norwegian veteran stymied by engine trouble.

Free practice has been completed with little in the way of drama or incident. The revised PS Racing Center has proven a challenge both for those who have previous experience of the track and those new to it, the new last corner – a tight hairpin that has been inserted to the track to allow the old section to form the Joker Lap – particularly tricky and the scene of several spins and near misses.

The only driver of note who did not set a time in either of the sessions is Morten Bermingrud, the Norwegian former event winner, stopping his Citroën C4 in the first hour before completing a flying lap and then having to sit out the second session while engineers from his own team and engine builder Oreca., worked to resolve the problem. Reluctant to identify the exact cause of the problem, Bermingrud hoped to be back in the running later today. “It’s engine. We think we can fix it but it’s a problem because I did not drive any laps in practice,” he said.

Just for the record, fastest in the three classes after both free practice sessions are, Liam Doran, Christian Petrakovits and Lars Øivind Enerberg.


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