Binder tops the times on day one of DohaGP

2021-04-06 07:47
It was a perfect start to the Grand Prix of Doha for Darryn Binder, who topped the times in FP2 and in the combined standings for the day. PETRONAS Sprinta Racing team-mate John McPhee also posted a strong lap around the Losail circuit, placing fourth overall. With high track temperatures predicted for tomorrow’s FP3 session, it was important to end the day within the top-14 positions to ensure a place in Q2.

Binder waited until the closing stages of the first practice session of the day to set his fastest time. The South African ended FP1 13th after posting a 2mins 6.821secs lap. In the cooler conditions of the second practice session of the day Darryn was quick to show his strength, heading straight to the top of the times after setting a 2mins 4.781secs lap. This proved to be an unbeatable time and Binder claimed the top spot in the combined times.

It was a steady start to FP1 for team-mate McPhee in the extreme heat of the afternoon, with the Scot also waiting until the final moments of the session to set his fastest lap. His best time of 2mins 6.215secs placed him fourth. John had a better start to FP2, setting the second fastest lap on his first run and stayed there until the closing minutes of the session. McPhee’s 2min 4.968secs lap saw him end FP2, and the combined times, in fourth.

Tomorrow’s Moto3 track action will begin with FP3 at 1.25pm local time (6.25pm MYT) for Binder and McPhee, with qualifying sessions due to get underway at 5.30pm local time (10.30pm MYT).

Darryn Binder
1st (2'04.781)

It’s been really good today, much better than last Friday. We had such a strong weekend last time that I just wanted to pick up where we left off. This morning was a little bit of a meaningless session because it was so hot and the track conditions weren’t great. We waited for FP2 and got out early to get a banker lap in. It stood throughout the session and I ended up top, so I’m really happy with that. Hopefully it’s enough to get me straight into Q2 tomorrow. Let’s see how FP3 goes though and see what we can do in qualifying.

Source: SIC Racing Team

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