The day started with the Free Practice 3 session, and the Aussie rider was working to build pace over the race distance, showing solid progress to finish in a great third place (1’49.363). Unfortunately, his teammate suffered an early crash which ruled him out of the session, he suffered some pain but escaped without any serious harm.
Afterwards, Gardner qualified ninth (1’49.031) in a hotly contested Tissot Superpole qualifier, just missing out on a second row start by less than two tenths of a second. On the other side of the garage, Aegerter struggled a bit to regain his confidence following the previous crash and settled for a solid 16th (1’50.005).
In Race 1, Gardner dropped a couple of positions at the start, but he quickly picked his way through the field. Throughout the 18-lap contest, the #87 showed strong speed to gain more places, eventually crossing the line in a solid seventh. His Swiss teammate had consistent pace, but he struggled in the latter stages of the race with grip. Aegerter salvaged 15th position and valuable data for tomorrow’s races.