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Josh Files (Team Pyro) produced the fastest lap of the day in collective testing at the Red Bull Ring on Friday. Driving on the Austrian circuit for the first time, the Briton finished ahead of Oscar Nogues (RMS Engineering) – the fastest man in the morning session – and Salvatore Arcarese (Composit Motorsport).

The 27 Eurocup Clio drivers took to the track this morning in bright sunshine. Éric Trémoulet (Vic’ Team) went quickest at the start of the session, before Ivan Pulic (Lema Racing Team), Daniele Perfetti (Seminole Racing Team) and Gonzalo Martin de Andrés (SMC Junior Motorsport) traded fastest times.

Oscar Nogues, the 2011 Eurocup Clio champion, then lapped in 1:48.321 to take the lead ahead of Josh Files, Ivan Pulic (Lema Racing Team), Massimiliano Pedalà (Composit Motorsport) and Fabian Danz (Jenzer Motorsport). The order remained unchanged from that point, with Sami Luka (Milan Competition) going off the track and bringing a premature end to the session.

With the sun now covered, Salvatore Arcarese started the second session fastest, before seeing Josh Files take the lead ten minutes from the end. The Briton then posted an improved lap of 1:47.980, which proved to be the fastest time of the day.

Fabian Danz later went off and prompted the red flag, which brought an end to the session and left Josh Files as the only driver to lap in under 1:48. Salvatore Arcares finished second fastest, ahead of Massimiliano Pedalà, Daniele Perfetti and Facundo Della Motta (Milan Competition).

What they said

Josh Files: "I'm not completely satisfied. We had to test a few things in the morning, which diverted us from what we should have been concentrating on. Nonetheless, our adjustments seem to be working. It's my first time on this track, and I like it. The performance is there, which I'm delighted about. But both sessions were cut short, so there's still a lot to gain in qualifying."

Oscar Nogues: "I still think I can improve. My fastest lap came while I was on very worn tyres. Lots of drivers could have improved, had it not been for the red flag. In the end it was all only practice, and we'll see after qualifying exactly where we stand. After four races without picking up any points, it's hard to be optimistic."

Ivan Pulic: "It's not my kind of circuit, but that doesn't make it any less interesting. I just prefer fast bends to long straights. I think I can be up there with the best on this track. It's very hot, and it's difficult to drive in these conditions."

Official Renault Sport Press Release.

Posted: 19 July 2013
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