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Thursday Paddock Notes

Famous families, double and triple duties

There was no track action for the FIA WEC cars on Thursday with the ELMS, Formula V8 3.5 and FIA F3 cars all seeing time on track in the afternoon for Free Practice, and the F3s their first qualifying session.

Joining a gaggle for sons and nephews of famous fathers in the FIA WEC paddock from the F3 ranks come Pedro Piquet, younger brother of Rebellion Racing’s Nelson Jr (both sons of course of double F1 World Champions Nelson Piquet), in F3, Mick Schumacher, another son of a multi F1 Championship winning father, Harrison Newey, son of aero superstar Adrian and the eventual polesitter, Lando Norris. Formula V8 3.5 driver Pietro Fittipaldi meanwhile is the grandson of F1 World Champ Emerson (and nephew of Max Papis)

Matt Griffin is doing triple duty this weekend racing on Sunday in the FIA WEC for Clearwater Racing, and together with double duty partner Duncan Cameron in the Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE in ELMS and in a Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 in British GT on Monday.

Nicolas Lapierre, Darren Turner and Nicki Thiim all do double WEC/ ELMS duty to as do Proton/ Dempsey Proton pairing Christian Ried and Matteo Cairoli

Spirit of Race and Proton Competition are the only two teams doing double duty (the latter under the Dempsey Proton banner in FIA WEC.) G-Drive Racing have an Oreca 07 on both entires but fielded by different teams with the WEC car under the wing of TDS Racing, the ELMS car fielded by G-Drive Racing by Dragonspeed.

Pipo Derani arrives at his first FIA WEC meeting with Ford with limited testing in the Ford GT under his belt, just two days testing completed, the Brazilian star missing the WEC Prologue at Monza earlier this month