Hughes and Dillmann set the pace in Barcelona


Jake Hughes and Tom Dillmann set the pace during the two-day Formula 3.5 V8 test at the Circuit de Catalunya that took place on Monday and Tuesday.

British driver Hughes, eyeing a promotion to the championship having been a race winner in Formula Renault 2.0 in 2015, set the pace on day one for Carlin, while the already confirmed Dillmann led the way on day two for AVF with a circuit record breaking pace.

Eight teams participated in the two-day private test, with RP Motorsport making their first appearance since announcing their plans to join the series in 2016, with the EuroFormula Open frontrunners testing two of their former champions Sandy Stuvik and Vitor Baptista, plus European Formula 3 race winner Markus Pommer across the two days.

Hughes set the best time of Monday’s running in the closing minutes of the day, beating Dillmann’s earlier pace by 0.275s, while Egor Orudzhev, who looks increasingly likely to be retained by Arden Motorsport for a second season, was third, just ahead of the second Carlin of Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi.

Roy Nissany and Kevin Jörg placed fifth and sixth for the Charouz-run Lotus team, with Eurocup champion Jack Aitken seventh for Fortec Motorsports ahead of AVF’s Alfonso Celis Jr, Pommer (who was running for Arden on day one) and Vladimir Atoev, who was running with Spirit of Race.

Dillmann set the best time during the morning session on day two, setting the best time ever around the circuit in one of these cars of 1m28.549s, which was at least a second faster than anyone else managed on the day.

Jörg placed second ahead of Celis Jr, while Aitken placed fourth ahead of the second Fortec entry of Louis Deletraz. Josef Zaruba was sixth in the sole Pons Racing entry present at the test, ahead of Pommer (now in the RP Motorsport car), Hughes, Nissany and Atoev.

Tech 1 Racing and Strakka Racing were absent from the test, as were Teo Martin Motorsport, who have yet to take to the race track following their decision to take over the entry vacated by DAMS.

Circuit de Catalunya Test Day 1 Times

POSDRIVERNATTEAMTIME (AM)TIME (PM)
1Jake HughesGBRCarlin1m31.376s1m29.918s
2Tom DillmannFRAAVF1m31.940s1m30.193s
3Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m31.755s1m30.444s
4Pietro FittipaldiBRZCarlin1m31.350s1m30.474s
5Roy NissanyISRLotus1m30.553s1m30.548s
6Kevin JorgSWILotus1m31.690s1m30.644s
7Jack AitkenGBRFortec Motorsports1m30.990s1m30.658s
8Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m31.455s1m30.674s
9Markus PommerGERArden Motorsport1m32.350s1m31.126s
10Vladimir AtoevRUSSpirit of Race1m32.405s1m31.235s
11Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1m31.554s1m31.840s
12Sandy StuvikTHARP Motorsport1m33.328s1m31.719s
13Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1m33.768s1m31.902s
14Josef ZarubaCZEPons Racing1m32.791s1m31.976s
15Matevos IsaakyanRUSSpirit of Race1m33.333sNo Time

Circuit de Catalunya Test Day 2 Times

POSDRIVERNATTEAMTIME (AM)TIME (PM)
1Tom DillmannFRAAVF1m28.549s1m29.562s
2Kevin JorgSWILotus1m29.549s1m29.696s
3Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m29.582s1m30.184s
4Jack AitkenGBRFortec Motorsports1m29.686s1m29.867s
5Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1m30.690s1m29.903s
6Josef ZarubaCZEPons Racing1m29.983s1m30.522s
7Markus PommerGERRP Motorsport1m30.009s1m30.582s
8Jake HughesGBRCarlin1m30.356s1m30.034s
9Roy NissanyISRLotus1m30.826s1m30.063s
10Vladimir AtoevRUSSpirit of Race1m30.071s1m32.435s
11Matevos IsaakyanRUSSpirit of Race1m30.199s1m30.757s
12Pietro FittipaldiBRZCarlin1m30.345s1m30.431s
13Antonio FuocoITAArden Motorsport1m31.137s1m30.446s
14Sandy StuvikTHARP Motorsport1m30.686sNo Time
15Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m30.784s1m31.745s
16Vitor BaptistaBRZRP MotorsportNo Time1m31.051s