Long Beach – EL2: Best time for Kirkwood, Pourchaire flirts with the limits

Winner last year, Kyle Kirkwood (Andretti) set the best time in the second free practice session for the Long Beach Grand Prix. Théo Pourchaire (McLaren) got closer, and also flirted with the walls.

Published on 20/04/2024 à 18:32

Michael Duforest

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Long Beach – EL2: Best time for Kirkwood, Pourchaire flirts with the limits

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Kirkwood set the best time, just a hundredth of a second ahead of his teammate Colton Herta in second place. Unlike this Friday's session, clouds were present above Long Beach, and the temperature was lower.

Christian Lundgaard (Rahal Letterman Lanigan), Felix Rosenqvist (Meyer Shank) and Scott McLaughlin (Penske) completed the top 5 in a session interrupted only once by the red flag. Will Power actually made a mistake, lightly hitting the wall with the front of his Team Penske Dallara.

The Australian had a complicated session, only completing 11 laps, a far cry from the 31 revolutions of Pato O'Ward, the most prolific in this area. Power indeed hit the left-back in the first minutes of the session, forcing him to stay in the box for several minutes to repair his suspension. Number 12 finally ranks eighth, just behind Romain Grosjean (Juncos Hollinger Racing).

A scare without consequences for Pourchaire

Learning continues for Theo Pourchaire, who replaces David Malukas this weekend, still convalescing after a mountain bike fall. The Frenchman finished his session in 19th place, one second behind the best time.

Pourchaire also lightly brushed the wall at turn 5, without however causing any damage to his car. The native of Grasse thus added 23 laps to his 35 loops on Friday, and he was thus able to build up an initial knowledge database before qualifying. These will take place from 20:25 p.m. French time.

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