Vaxiviere puts Spirit of Race on top in Jerez


Matthieu Vaxiviere set the pace for the new Spirit of Race team on day two of the Formula 3.5 V8 test at the Circuito de Jerez on Wednesday.

The Frenchman, who finished second in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series standings in 2015, set a time of 1m27.331s, three-tenths of a second faster than anyone else for the Spirit of Race team that are taking over the entry run by International Draco Racing this season.

Yu Kanamaru, who was fastest on the opening day on Tuesday, was second fastest on Wednesday for Pons Racing, just ahead of team-mate Matevos Isaakyan, while Jake Hughes of Strakka Racing placed fourth ahead of Louis Deletraz, who was running again with Fortec Motorsports.

Marvin Kirchhöfer ended the day sixth fastest for AVF ahead of team-mate Alfonso Celis Jr, while Egor Orudzhev and 2015 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series champion Jack Aitken were eighth and ninth for Arden Motorsport with George Russell completing the top ten for Strakka Racing.

All of the drivers set their best times in the morning session, with seventeen drivers getting out on track with only Slovakian racer Richard Gonda missing from those who tested on Tuesday.

Jerez Day 2 Times

POSDRIVERNATTEAMTIME (AM)TIME (PM)
1Matthieu VaxiviereFRASpirit of Race1m27.331s1m30.339s
2Yu KanamaruJAPPons Racing1m27.631s1m29.056s
3Matevos IsaakyanRUSPons Racing1m27.651s1m28.392s
4Jake HughesGBRStrakka Racing1m27.768s1m29.434s
5Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1m27.965s1m29.258s
6Marvin KirchhoferGERAVF1m28.029s1m29.218s
7Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m28.042s1m28.817s
8Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m28.226s1m28.889s
9Jack AitkenGBRArden Motorsport1m28.227s1m29.735s
10George RussellGBRStrakka Racing1m28.273s1m28.539s
11Kevin JorgSWILotus1m28.516s1m28.978s
12Gustav MaljaSWEFortec Motorsports1m28.517s1m29.359s
13Aurelien PanisFRATech 1 Racing1m28.745s1m30.505s
14Jehan DaruvalaINDComtec Racing1m28.886s1m29.363s
15Vladimir AtoevRUSCarlin1m29.250s1m29.667s
16Nikita ZlobinRUSCarlin1m29.272s1m30.191s
17Mahaveer RaghunathanINDComtec Racing1m30.767s1m31.725s