Freddie Slater topped the first free practice session of the Euro 4 Championship in Barcelona

The British driver from Prema led the session, with Zachary David from US Racing trailing closely behind by just 2 hundredths of a second


The first free practice session, the initial encounter with the Catalonian track in the final round of the Euro 4 Championship, concluded this morning at Barcelona. At the end of the forty minutes, it was "Fast Freddie," Freddie Slater, representing Prema Racing, one of the most promising talents from the UK, who set the fastest lap of the morning, stopping the clock at 1'42.029. Following closely on the timing sheet was Maltese-Filipino driver Zachary David from US Racing, with a mere 2-hundredths-of-a-second difference. In the first free practice session, the junior McLaren driver from Prema Racing, Ugo Ugochukwu, secured the third spot. The American, who led the practice for the first half, finished 0.201 seconds behind the fastest lap. In fourth place, closely trailing Ugochukwu, was Prema's Ferrari Driver Academy driver James Wharton. Expectations are high for the Australian, who this morning recorded a gap of 0.267, as the final race weekend opened with a display of speed. Fifth was New York-based originally from Singapore, Akshay Bohra, of Team US Racing. Bohra completed his best lap with a 0.345-second difference from Slater. Also sixth place went to a member of Gerhard Ungar and Ralf Schumacher's Team, the Australian Gianmarco Pradel, with a gap of 0.457. In the first practice, the fast Italian from Van Amersfoort Racing, Brando Badoer, secured the seventh spot, clocking in 0.461 seconds behind the fastest time. Eighth was another driver from Frits Van Amersfoort's Team, debutant of the series Lind Hodenius from the Netherlands, with a gap of 0.807. Rounding off the top 10 were Ruiqi Liu from US Racing in ninth place, trailing by 0.973 seconds, while the Championship leader, Prema Racing's Red Bull junior Arvid Lindblad, finished tenth, 1.001 seconds behind the leader.

The Tatuus will hit the track again for another 40-minute free practice session in the afternoon, the last opportunity for the Teams to fine-tune their setups for the Spanish round. Starting tomorrow, every result counts, with official qualifying in the morning, followed by the first of the 3 races, which, with the 2x coefficient set for the Euro 4 Championship's grand finale, will award double points.

The weekend's schedule includes another free practice session from 14:55 to 15:35. On Saturday, October 21st, the cars will take it to the track in the morning for qualifying, divided into two 15-minute sessions with a 10-minute pitlane stop in between, starting at 9:00 and ending at 9:40. Also on Saturday, the first race of the weekend, lasting 30 minutes + 1 lap, will begin at 12:40. On Sunday, October 22nd, Race 2 will start at 11:20 (30 minutes + 1 lap), followed by the race that will close the first edition of the Euro 4 Championship, Race 3 (30 minutes + 1 lap), starting at 16:30.

The three races of the weekend will be broadcast live with English commentary on the Euro 4 Championship's YouTube and Facebook pages and on Motorsport TV (; with Italian commentary on ACI Sport TV (Sky channel 228 and 52 Tivùsat), on, and on the Facebook page @acisporttv.