Haase puts Comtoyou Racing Audi on top in Free Practice at Misano

Haase puts Comtoyou Racing Audi on top in Free Practice at Misano

Christopher Haase kicked off the Sprint Cup weekend at Misano in style by putting Comtoyou Racing on top in this morning's Free Practice.

The #11 Audi led the way at the conclusion of a competitive session, which saw 24 cars separated by just a second. Haase delivered a 1m31.954s to beat Giacomo Altoé (#14 Emil Frey Racing Ferrari) to P1. Notably, the Italian was the only other driver to break into the 1m31s.  

Third went to the #32 Team WRT BMW of Charles Weerts, who is looking to extend a five-race winning steak at Misano. The #87 Akkodis ASP Mercedes-AMG completed a top-four featuring as many different brands, with Jim Pla setting a 1m32.220s that also put the French team on top of the Bronze Cup order. 

Niklas Krütten led the Gold Cup runners at the wheel of the #30 Team WRT BMW. The German driver posted a 1m32.600s, edging out the #26 Saintéloc Junior Team Audi by just 0.010s. Tresor Attempto Racing paced the Silver Cup class courtesy of its #333 Audi. Sprint Cup debutant Pietro Delli Guanti was at the wheel for a 1m32.619s. 

All but one of the 42 cars entered for this weekend's event turned laps in Free Practice. The exception was the #99 Tresor Attempto Racing Audi, which was absent throughout the 80 minutes. 

Two red flags interrupted the session, the first caused by the #52 AF Corse Ferrari of Louis Machiels spinning into the gravel at turn 13. The second was caused by a different car from the same team, with youngster Nicola Marinageli also finding the gravel in the #71 Ferrari. Both stoppages were brief, ensuring that plenty of running was completed. 

Cars will be back on-track at 15:20 CEST for Pre-Qualifying, which will provide another 80 minutes of running for the full field. Live streaming begins with Saturday morning's qualifying session and continues for the remainder of the weekend. 

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