Koiranen and Eriksson End Jerez Test on Top


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

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
 1 Jimmy Eriksson SWE Koiranen GP 1:30.732
 2 Alex Lynn GBR Carlin 1:30.902
 3 Emil Bernstorff GBR Carlin 1:31.135
 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