Mitch Evans - Photo Credit: Drew Gibson / GP3 Series Media Service

Evans, who scored his first GP3 victory at the Circuit de Catalunya last year - Photo Credit: Drew Gibson / GP3 Series Media Service

GP3 Series pre-season favourite Mitch Evans recorded the fastest time on the first day of the second pre-season test at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

The MW Arden driver took over P1 during the morning session from early pacesetter Lotus GP driver Daniel Abt. The Kiwi remained there until the finish, with Cypriot Tio Ellinas jumping into second place at the expense of Abt. The leading trio were separated by less than two tenths at the checkered flag.

David Fumanelli was the best of the rest in fourth place for MW Arden, 0.14 seconds behind Abt and 0.13s clear of fifth placed Tamas Pal Kiss (Atech CRS GP). Just behind him was Antonio Felix da Costa with Carlin, ahead of Matias Laine in the third and final MW Arden machine.

GP3 debutant Kevin Ceccon was a strong eighth for Trident, ahead of the Jenzer duo of Patric Niederhauser and Maxim Zimin.

Abt held top spot for much of the slower afternoon session, although a mighty scrap emerged for the quickest time in the final 30 minutes of the day's running. Ellinas went top, only to be displaced by Carlos Sainz Jr – making a one-off appearance in the Lotus GP car of Aaro Vainio, who was absent  due to an exam. Ceccon took second, and then Laine pipped Sainz for top spot. Abt then regained his place at the head of the timesheets with less than five minutes left on the clock.

Laine, Ellinas, Sainz and Ceccon filled the remainder of the top five, with Tom Blomqvist a strong sixth, posting the fastest time of the day for a Status Grand Prix driver. Fumanelli and Niederhauser were next up, with Conor Daly and Felix da Costa completing the top ten times.

For the second and final day tomorrow, Vainio returns to the hotseat in place of his substitute Sainz, while Blomqvist is replaced at Status by a GP3 debutant in the form of Formula Renault race winner Yann Zimmer.

Morning session

  Driver Team Laptime Gap Laps
1. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:38.609   17
2. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.733 0.124 15
3. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:38.799 0.190 30
4. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:38.944 0.335 26
5. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:39.075 0.466 16
6. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:39.105 0.496 37
7. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:39.199 0.590 9
8. Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1:39.211 0.602 38
9. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.231 0.622 26
10. Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.271 0.662 35
11. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:39.340 0.731 28
12. Carlos Sainz Jnr Lotus GP 1:39.470 0.861 32
13. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:39.615 1.006 29
14. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.649 1.040 24
15. Tom Blomqvist Status Grand Prix 1:39.826 1.217 23
16. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:40.083 1.474 23
17. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:40.109 1.500 32
18. William Buller Carlin 1:40.589 1.980 24
19. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:40.760 2.151 26
20. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:41.013 2.404 26
21. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:41.027 2.418 27
22. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1:41.137 2.528 26
23. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:41.434 2.825 33
24. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:42.162 3.553 23
25. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:43.695 5.086 22
26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:44.012 5.403 22

Afternoon Session

  Driver Team Laptime Gap Laps
1. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:38.876   24
2. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:39.014 0.138 27
3. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.079 0.203 29
4. Carlos Sainz Jnr Lotus GP 1:39.087 0.211 28
5. Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1:39.102 0.226 29
6. Tom Blomqvist Status Grand Prix 1:39.139 0.263 25
7. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:39.214 0.338 30
8. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.298 0.422 32
9. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:39.320 0.444 33
10. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:39.330 0.454 35
11. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:39.398 0.522 15
12. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:39.582 0.706 23
13. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:39.747 0.871 45
14. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.792 0.916 28
15. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:39.849 0.973 21
16. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:39.898 1.022 48
17. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:40.107 1.231 42
18. Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1:40.224 1.348 20
19. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:40.516. 1.640 28
20. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1:40.541 1.665 12
21. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:40.731 1.855 34
22. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:40.951 2.075 26
23. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:41.059 2.183 26
24. William Buller Carlin 1:41.154 2.278 24
25. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:42.781 3.905 19
26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:44.009 5.133 35