Swedish driver Jimmy Eriksson ended the Jerez GP3 pre-season test at the top of the time sheets. The Koiranen GP racer’s time of 1:30.732s in the morning session was good enough to see him finish the day fastest of all, just ahead of the ever-impressive Alex Lynn in the Red Bull backed Carlin entry. Brit Lynn has been in the top three of all four days of pre-season testing so far. Eriksson and Lynn were the only two drivers to dip under the 1:31s barrier.
Lynn’s team-mate and fellow Brit Emil Bernstorff confirmed Carlin’s pace by setting the third fastest time, while Romanian Robert Visoiu enjoyed his best day of pre-season testing to date by ending up in fourth and as the highest placed Arden International driver. The leading ART Grand Prix driver was Dino Zamparelli in fifth; meaning three Brits were in the top five during the day.
Pal Varhaug put in an impressive display for Jenzer Motorsport, with the Norwegian setting the sixth fastest time of the day in the morning session. The afternoon was not so good for Varhaug however, as his times were deleted for running an underweight car.
2013 German Formula 3 champion Marvin Kirchhofer finished the day seventh in the second ART Grand Prix car, just ahead of the third of Swiss driver Alex Fontana. Day one pacesetter Nick Yelloly ended day two in ninth for Status Grand Prix, with Uruguayan Santiago Urrutia completing the top ten in the second Koiranen entry.
Victor Carbone caused the first of three red flags during the day when he spun his Trident Racing machine in the morning session. The other two stoppages were for Urrutia, who also spun into the gravel, and for Varhaug who stopped on track.
The final pre-season test takes place at the Circuit de Catalunya on April 16th-17th 2014. We should know by then a few more confirmed drivers for the season that begins in Barcelona the second weekend of May.
Jerez Day 2 Pre-season Test Times
|1||Jimmy Eriksson||SWE||Koiranen GP||1:30.732|
|4||Robert Visoiu||ROM||Arden International||1:31.139|
|5||Dino Zamparelli||GBR||ART Grand Prix||1:31.140|
|6||Pal Varhaug||NOR||Jenzer Motorsport||1:31.291|
|7||Marvin Kirchhofer||GER||ART Grand Prix||1:31.372|
|8||Alex Fontana||SWI||ART Grand Prix||1:31.374|
|9||Nick Yelloly||GBR||Status Grand Prix||1:31.379|
|10||Santiago Urrutia||URU||Koiranen GP||1:31.413|
|11||Patric Niederhauser||SWI||Arden International||1:31.578|
|12||Jann Mardenborough||GBR||Arden International||1:31.686|
|13||Dean Stoneman||GBR||Marussia Manor Racing||1:31.867|
|14||Roman De Beer||RSA||Trident Racing||1:31.888|
|15||Patrick Kujala||FIN||Marussia Manor Racing||1:32.026|
|16||Richie Stanaway||NZL||Status Grand Prix||1:32.065|
|17||Luis Sa Silva||MAC||Carlin||1:32.174|
|18||Christopher Hoher||AUT||Jenzer Motorsport||1:32.213|
|19||Nelson Mason||CAN||Hilmer Motorsport||1:32.231|
|20||Adderly Fong||CHN||Jenzer Motorsport||1:32.234|
|21||Ryan Cullen||GBR||Marussia Manor Racing||1:32.416|
|22||Alfonso Celis Jr||MEX||Status Grand Prix||1:32.421|
|23||Victor Carbone||BRZ||Trident Racing||1:32.646|
|24||Denis Nagulin||RUS||Trident Racing||1:33.628|
|25||Ivan Taranov||RUS||Hilmer Motorsport||1:34.266|
|26||Carmen Jorda||ESP||Koiranen GP||1:35.362|