Daniel Abt - Photo Credit: GP3 Media Service

Daniel Abt - Photo Credit: GP3 Media Service

Daniel Abt returned to the top of the timesheets on the final day of GP3 testing for 2011 at Jerez.

The German, who had dominated proceedings last week at Valencia, secured the top spot in the morning for Lotus ART, prior to the session being hit by rain with an hour to go.

He ended up 0.055 seconds ahead of Marussia Manor's Matias Laine, with David Fumanelli in third for MW Arden – the Italian continuing to impress after his GP3 debut run yesterday.

Marlon Stockinger was fourth for Status, ahead of Arden's Maxim Zimin and Thursday's pacesetter Tio Ellinas of Manor. Michael Christensen was seventh for Mucke, followed by Nigel Melker with newcomers Trident, Ferrari protégé Brandon Maisano driving for Arden and Tom Blomqvist with Status.

The rain had stopped by the time the afternoon session began, though the track would never quite dry enough for times to start rivalling those from the morning. Laine would conclude post-season testing with top spot, a fitting reward after showing considerable upturn in pace over the three Spanish tests.

He was 3.7 tenths clear of Romanian rookie Robert Visoiu of Jenzer Motorsport, with the returning Melker close behind in third. Patric Niederhauser was fourth for Jenzer just ahead of Fumanelli, while Michael Heche made it all three Jenzer drivers/Formula Abarth graduates in the top six for the final session.

European F3 Open champion Alex Fontana took seventh, ahead of the Blomqvist, Christensen and Gabby Chaves.

Morning times:

Pos Driver Team Laps Best Time Gap
1 Daniel Abt Lotus ART 32 1:33.885 —-
2 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 21 1:33.940 0.055
3 David Fumanelli MW Arden 29 1:34.156 0.271
4 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 18 1:34.280 0.395
5 Maxim Zimin MW Arden 30 1:34.353 0.468
6 Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 27 1:34.386 0.501
7 Michael Christensen RSC Mücke Motorsport 19 1:34.663 0.778
8 Nigel Melker Trident Racing 26 1:34.749 0.864
9 Brandon Maisano MW Arden 33 1:34.798 0.913
10 Tom Blomqvist Status Grand Prix 26 1:34.801 0.916
11 Gabby Chaves Tech 1 Racing 23 1:34.831 0.946
12 Facu Regalia Status Grand Prix 23 1:34.836 0.951
13 Conor Daly Carlin 37 1:34.842 0.957
14 Aaro Vainio Lotus ART 26 1:34.849 0.964
15 Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 24 1:34.911 1.026
16 Michael Heche Jenzer Motorsport 36 1:34.927 1.042
17 Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 24 1:34.961 1.076
18 Stephan Richelmi Trident Racing 36 1:35.011 1.126
19 Alex Fontana Tech 1 Racing 19 1:35.039 1.154
20 Fabio Gamberini RSC Mücke Motorsport 29 1:35.139 1.254
21 Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 28 1:35.202 1.317
22 Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 25 1:35.417 1.532
23 Kristian Lindbom Tech 1 Racing 17 1:35.630 1.745
24 Jim Pla Carlin 39 1:36.086 2.201
25 Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 24 1:37.127 3.242
26 Michela Cerruti Trident Racing 27 1:38.003 4.118

Afternoon times:

Pos Driver Team Laps Best Time Gap
1 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 26 1:36.446 —-
2 Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 28 1:36.816 0.370
3 Nigel Melker Trident Racing 45 1:36.824 0.378
4 Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 30 1:36.937 0.491
5 David Fumanelli MW Arden 22 1:36.945 0.499
6 Michael Heche Jenzer Motorsport 51 1:36.960 0.514
7 Alex Fontana Tech 1 Racing 32 1:37.021 0.575
8 Tom Blomqvist Status Grand Prix 14 1:37.048 0.602
9 Michael Christensen RSC Mücke Motorsport 23 1:37.094 0.648
10 Gabby Chaves Tech 1 Racing 16 1:37.507 1.061
11 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 33 1:37.518 1.072
12 Brandon Maisano MW Arden 23 1:37.531 1.085
13 Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 35 1:37.573 1.127
14 Stephan Richelmi Trident Racing 24 1:37.748 1.302
15 Conor Daly Carlin 25 1:37.755 1.309
16 Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 35 1:37.772 1.326
17 Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 16 1:38.002 1.556
18 Facu Regalia Status Grand Prix 26 1:38.100 1.654
19 Fabio Gamberini RSC Mücke Motorsport 35 1:38.171 1.725
20 Aaro Vainio Lotus ART 29 1:38.225 1.779
21 Maxim Zimin MW Arden 26 1:38.273 1.827
22 Jim Pla Carlin 28 1:38.624 2.178
23 Daniel Abt Lotus ART 45 1:38.689 2.243
24 Kristian Lindbom Tech 1 Racing 30 1:39.058 2.612
25 Michela Cerruti Trident Racing 22 1:39.301 2.855
26 Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 51 1:45.412 8.966