Ralf Aron from Estonia set the pace in the first free practice session of the MRF Challenge’s season-opening round, which kicked off the racing action in the Bahrain Motorsport Festival Thursday morning at Bahrain International Circuit.

Aron clocked a fastest lap of two minutes 01.144 seconds around BIC’s 5.412-kilometre track. He completed 13 laps in the half-hour session and registered a top speed of 160.8kph.

Aron was 0.119 seconds ahead of Briton Harrison Newey, the son of Formula 1 design guru Adrian Newey.

Mick Schumacher, son of legendary Formula 1 Michael Schumacher, was classified third 0.226s from the first.

Each of the top eight drivers were within a second of Aron. They included Aron’s countryman Juri Vips, Brazilian Felipe Drugovich, German Kimi Schramm, Australian Joey Mawson and Dutchman Rinus van Kalmthout.

Free Practice 1 - Classification

Practice two and qualifying takes place later in the day on Thursday.

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