Tio Ellinas - Photo Credit: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Media Service

Tio Ellinas - Photo Credit: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Media Service

Tio Ellinas set the pace on the first day of the final GP3 test of the year at Jerez in Spain.

The Cypriot racer, who was a race-winner in Formula Renault UK in 2011, was in action for the Marussia Manor Racing outfit. He went to the top of the timesheets with an hour remaining of the morning session – his time remaining the fastest for the duration of the day.

Just 0.050 seconds slower than Ellinas in the morning was Italian David Fumanelli, who made an impressive GP3 debut driving for MW Arden after finishing runner-up in the European F3 Open.

Ellinas' Marussia Manor teammate Matias Laine continued his improved post-season pace with the third fastest time of the morning, just 0.071s away from Elllinas. The second MW Arden car of Maxim Zimin was fourth, ahead of the man who beat Fumanelli to the F3 Open crown, Alex Fontana (Tech 1).

Romanian Robert Visoiu was the pick of the Jenzer Motorsport trio in sixth, ahead of Carlin's Tom Blomqvist, Valencia test pacesetter Daniel Abt (Lotus ART) and Tamas Pal Kiss of Atech CRS. Conor Daly rounded out the top ten, making his debut for ART after switching from his regular team Carlin for the day.

Fumanelli was able to turn the tables on Ellinas in the afternoon session by posting the fastest time, going nearly half a second quicker than Ellinas could manage.

Argentina's Facu Regalia was third quickest for Lotus ART, followed by Laine, Blomqvist and Abt. Gabby Chaves was seventh driving for Tech 1, ahead of Marlon Stockinger of Status and Zimin.

Completing the top ten was GP3 returnee Nigel Melker, who was working with new team Trident Racing. The Italian squad was making its first official appearance since taking over the Addax team's entry.

Morning times:

Pos Driver Team Best Lap Gap
1 Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:34.748  
2 David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:34.798 0.050
3 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 1:34.819 0.071
4 Maxim Zimin MW Arden 1:34.937 0.189
5 Alex Fontana Tech 1 Racing 1:34.988 0.240
6 Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.015 0.267
7 Tom Blomqvist Carlin 1:35.039 0.291
8 Daniel Abt Lotus ART 1:35.058 0.310
9 Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:35.059 0.311
10 Conor Daly Lotus ART 1:35.146 0.398
11 Michael Heche Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.222 0.474
12 Nigel Melker Trident Racing 1:35.267 0.519
13 Michael Christensen RSC Mücke Motorsport 1:35.344 0.596
14 Gabby Chaves Tech 1 Racing 1:35.374 0.626
15 Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.424 0.676
16 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:35.477 0.729
17 Pascal Wehrlein RSC Mücke Motorsport 1:35.669 0.921
18 Brandon Maisano MW Arden 1:36.090 1.342
19 Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1:36.307 1.559
20 Stephan Richelmi Trident Racing 1:36.366 1.618
21 Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:36.372 1.624
22 Jim Pla Carlin 1:36.405 1.657
23 Kristian Lindbom Tech 1 Racing 1:36.438 1.690
24 Facu Regalia Lotus ART 1:36.838 2.090
25 Fabio Gamberini Status Grand Prix 1:37.239 2.491
26 Michela Cerruti Trident Racing 1:38.509 3.761
27 Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:39.101 4.353

Afternoon times:

Pos Driver Team Best Lap Gap
1 David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:34.971  
2 Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:35.453 0.482
3 Facu Regalia Lotus ART 1:35.587 0.616
4 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 1:35.604 0.633
5 Tom Blomqvist Carlin 1:35.701 0.730
6 Daniel Abt Lotus ART 1:35.726 0.755
7 Gabby Chaves Tech 1 Racing 1:35.730 0.759
8 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:35.788 0.817
9 Maxim Zimin MW Arden 1:35.799 0.828
10 Nigel Melker Trident Racing 1:35.814 0.843
11 Brandon Maisano MW Arden 1:35.872 0.901
12 Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:35.926 0.955
13 Pascal Wehrlein RSC Mücke Motorsport 1:35.937 0.966
14 Alex Fontana Tech 1 Racing 1:35.960 0.989
15 Stephan Richelmi Trident Racing 1:35.974 1.003
16 Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.976 1.005
17 Conor Daly Lotus ART 1:35.987 1.016
18 Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1:36.176 1.205
19 Michael Christensen RSC Mücke Motorsport 1:36.197 1.226
20 Michael Heche Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.254 1.283
21 Jim Pla Carlin 1:36.520 1.549
22 Fabio Gamberini Status Grand Prix 1:36.520 1.549
23 Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.721 1.750
24 Kristian Lindbom Tech 1 Racing 1:36.905 1.934
25 Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:37.004 2.033
26 Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:37.637 2.666
27 Michela Cerruti Trident Racing 1:38.427 3.456