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.
|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|
|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 MÃ¼cke 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 MÃ¼cke 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|
|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|
|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|
|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 MÃ¼cke 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 MÃ¼cke Motorsport||1:36.197||1.226|
|20||Michael Heche||Jenzer Motorsport||1:36.254||1.283|
|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|