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Jonas Andersson sets the pace in Indonesia, first free practice. Shaun Torrente 2nd and Marit Strømøy finish 3rd.

Frode Sundsdal on 25th February 2023

Jonas Andersson has only 1 thing on his mind. Revenge, Jonas wants to bring back what he lost in Sharjah back in Desember 2023. In the First Free Practice  he post a time of 59,90, the only pilot sub 1 minute. Shaun Torrente, defending Worldchampion was 0,217 sec off the pace and Marit Strømoy, who did not even test yesterday was 3rd. 0.585 off pace.


Marit Strømøy told PRW after FFP : 


A tricky racecircuit and some rollers makes everything quite unpredictable. We did some changes to the balance, the engine and props during the session and got things dialled in. Hopefully the weather stays ok for the qualifying👍


Shaun Torrente told PRW :


I feel good, when I did my time the water was not nice.. he did his time in the end, alone. Will be a fight but I like my chances


In a teams perspective, its :

F1 Team Sweden – 1 and 6

Team Abu Dhabi – 2 and 5 

Strømøy Racing – 3 and 4

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Officlal press release :


Saturday, February 25:  Team Sweden’s former World Champion Jonas Andersson became the first driver to break the one-minute lap time barrier during free practice for Sunday’s Kopiko Grand Prix of Indonesia. A flying lap of 59.90sec around the demanding Lake Toba circuit in Sumatra was enough for the Swede to win the free practice session by 0.216 seconds.


The defending World Champion Shaun Torrente was Andersson’s closest challenger and his best tour of 1min 00.12sec is an early indication that the Team Abu Dhabi man is ready to resume the thrilling duel that ended with him winning a third world title last December.


With a new engine and new propellers, a refreshed Norwegian Marit Strømøy finished the session in third place and her team-mate Bartek Marszalek and Thani Al-Qemzi of Team Abu Dhabi rounded off the top five.


All 20 racers managed to post credible times around the Lake Toba course in advance of BRM Qualifying on Saturday afternoon.


2023 Kopiko Grand Prix of Indonesia – free practice (Saturday):

1. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden59.90sec

2. Shaun Torrente (USA) Team Abu Dhabi 1min 00.12sec

3. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Strømøy Racing F1H2O Team 1min 00.18sec

4. Bartek Marszalek (POL) Strømøy Racing F1H2O Team 1min 00.48sec

5. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi  1min 00.63sec

6. Kalle Viippo (FIN) Team Sweden1min 00.78sec

7. Sami Seliö (FIN) Sharjah Team  1min 01.25sec

8. Erik Stark (SWE) Victory Team 1min 01.28sec

9. Peter Morin (FRA) China CTIC Team1min 01.50sec

10. Alberto Comparato (ITA) Comparato F11min 02.27sec

11. Brent Dillard (USA) China CTIC Team  1min 02.32sec

12. Ahmed Al-Fahim (UAE) Victory Team 1min 03.10sec

13. Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick Racing1min 04.59sec

14. Alec Weckström (FIN) Gillman Racing 1min 04.82sec

15. Ferdinand Zandbergen (NLD) Sharjah Team1min 05.10sec

16. Alexandre Bourgeot (FRA) Maverick Racing 1min 05.62sec

17. Brock Cohen (AUS) Comparato F1 1min 06.41sec

18. Duarte Benavente (POR) F1 Atlantic Team  1min 08.04sec

19. Ben Jelf (GBR) F1 Atlantic Team 1min 08.26sec

20. Filip Roms (FIN) Gillman Racing 1min 11.10sec

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