Jörg fastest as the new season looms


2016 Barcelona Testing. Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday 20th April. Kevin Joerg (SUI, Dams). Action. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP3 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image 585A6375

The last day of testing before the start of the seventh GP3 Series saw DAMS driver Kevin Jörg take the overall quickest time of the day in the afternoon session. Charles Leclerc, claimed the top spot in the very wet morning session.

After being greeted by heavy rain many teams decided to work on their wet set ups in preparation of the opening round of the season, which takes place in just three weeks time at the same track.

As the session got going it was the ART Grand Prix quartet and the DAMS trio who seemed the most determined to get laps under their belt, with Leclerc setting the early pace.

There was an early appearance for the red flag, which was brought out as a result of Oscar Tunjo spinning at Turn 1. Meanwhile, the rain began to hammer down with growing intensity with many drivers opting to remain in their garages.

A handful of drivers decided to venture out on track in the final hour, with Alexander Albon initially demoting Leclerc to P2 – but the Monegasque driver retaliated and was back in P1 by 1.7s.

Rookie Nyck de Vries made a visit to the gravel bed at Turn 5 during this period, prior to this occurring Albon jumped up into second place.

Jörg and Konstantin Tereshchenko found some extra pace to move into P2 and P3 before the session was brought to an end when Jake Hughes had an excursion at Turn 5.

As the one hour lunch break was called Leclerc led the timings in front of: Jörg, Tereshchenko, Albon, Jack AitkenNirei FukuzumiSantino Ferrucci, de Vries, Akash Nandy and Richard Gonda.

When the running restarted following the break, the rain had finally stopped and blue skies were making an appearance.

Midway through the session the drivers had switched onto the slick compound tyres as the track dried out, Ferrucci was leading but was soon bettered by Gonda and Tunjo.

Matthew Parry was the first to dip into the 1m36s but was ultimately bettered by Antonio Fuoco and Fukuzumi. With 25 minutes left on the clock Jörg broke into the 1m35s with his teammate Hughes and Trident driver Fuoco being the only drivers to join him in doing so.

The day ended with the DAMS duo of Jörg and Hughes on top followed by: Fuoco, Alex Palou, Leclerc, Artur Janosz, Albon, Fukuzumi, Ralph Boschung and Tunjo.

Koiranen GP‘s Mahaveer Raghunathan was still unfit to participate in the day’s running.

The next time the GP3 drivers’ will take to track will be May 13-15 for the opening round of the season.

Barcelona Pre-Season Test Morning Session

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Charles LeclercART Grand Prix1:57.791
2Kevin JörgDAMS1:58.167
3Konstantin TereshchenkoCampos Racing1:58.862
4Alexander AlbonART Grand Prix1:59.537
5Jack AitkenArden International1:59.589
6Nirei FukuzumiART Grand Prix1:59.610
7Santinio FerrucciDAMS1:59.910
8Nyck de VriesART Grand Prix2:00.473
9Akash NandyJenzer Motorsport2:00.701
10Richard GondaJenzer Motorsport2:01.097
11Jake HughesDAMS2:01.556
12Oscar TunjoJenzer Motorsport2:01.569
13Antonio FuocoTrident2:12.644
14Artur JanoszTridentN/A
15Giuliano AlesiTridentN/A
16Sandy Stuvik TridentN/A
17Jake DennisArden InternationalN/A
18Tatiana CalderonArden InternationalN/A
19Matthew Parry Koiranen GPN/A
20Mahaveer RaghunathanKoiranen GPN/A
21Matevos IsaakyanKoiranen GPN/A
22Ralph BoschungKoiranen GPN/A
23Alex PalouCampos RacingN/A
24Steijn SchothorstCampos RacingN/A

Barcelona Pre-Season Test Afternoon Session

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Kevin JörgDAMS1:35.358
2Jake HughesDAMS1:35.692
3Antonio FuocoTrident1:35.942
4Alex PalouCampos Racing1:36.042
5Charles LeclercART Grand Prix1:36.126
6Artur JanoszTrident1:36.149
7Alexander AlbonART Grand Prix1:36.149
8Nirei FukuzumiART Grand Prix1:36.214
9Ralph BoschungKoiranen GP1:36.227
10Oscar TunjoJenzer Motorsport1:36.306
11Tatiana Calderon Arden International1:36.326
12Matthew ParryKoiranen GP1:36.345
13Santino FerrucciDAMS1:36.401
14Jack AitkenArden International1:36.415
15Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix1:36.496
16Steijn SchothorstCampos Racing1:36.551
17Konstantin TereshchenkoCampos Racing1:36.758
18Giuliano AlesiTrident1:36.778
19Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP1:36.808
20Jake DennisArden International1:36.932
21Richard GondaJenzer Motorsport1:36.969
22Sandy StuvikTrident1:37.023
23Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport1:37.333
24Mahaveer Raghunathan Koiranen GPN/A