Jack Doohan set the free practice pace on Euroformula Open’s first visit to Hockenheim, despite nursing a bruised arm after the camera box fell off in his car.
The Australian was just edged by his Double R Racing team-mate Linus Lundqvist in the second session of the day - the one in which he was struck by the stray camera box- by 0.037 seconds, but rebounded in the final afternoon session to set the fastest lap of the day, pushing Lundqvist out of the first place with seconds to go.
“From the get-go we’ve seemed to have some pretty good pace. We’ve tried a few little things too,” Doohan said.
“We put some fresher rubber on in the end and tried to feel the balance for tomorrow, and it seems to be all not too bad.
“In FP2, the camera box fell off while I was in the car, so every time I was turning I was crashing into that. It built up a little bit of a bruise, I don’t have any real arm covers so I thought rags would do [to protect my elbow].”
Championship leader Liam Lawson also snuck past Lundqvist in the very last moments of the day, and the top three ended up being covered by 0.195s.
Teo Martín Motorsport’s Lukas Dunner started the day as fastest, but was beaten by team-mate Aldo Festante in the second session, as well as the Double R duo and Motopark’s Lawson. In FP3 the two Teo Martín drivers were closely matched, with Festante the better of the two once again after benefitting from a slipstream from his team-mate on his best lap.
Despite missing most of FP1 after stopping on track, Motopark’s Yuki Tsunoda recovered to be the seventh fastest driver of the day, ahead of team-mate Julian Hanses, the third Teo Martín car of Guilherme Samaia and Motopark’s fourth driver Marino Sato.
Another driver to have problems was Christian Hahn, spinning in FP2 and then sitting out most of FP3 to avoid damage after a crash, but he was still the fastest of Carlin’s quartet. He ended the day narrowly ahead of Fortec Motorsports’ Cameron Das, with Grand Prix de Pau winner Billy Monger less than two tenths behind in 15th.
The top 15 were covered by just 1.202s, with the top 10 all within a second of Doohan’s best time.