Vaxiviere concludes pre-season on top once more

Matthieu Vaxiviere sent another warning signal to the rest of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series field by posting the fastest time on the final day of pre-season testing at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain.

On a day dedicated to low-downforce set-ups, Frenchman Vaxiviere was once again the only driver to dip below 1m41s, with the Lotus driver’s morning time of 1m40.662s beating Tio Ellinas of Strakka Racing by 0.421s.

The top five all set their fastest times in the morning, with the two Fortec Motorsport drivers, Oliver Rowland and Jazeman Jaafar, third and fifth, sandwiching the AVF machine of Beitske Visser.

Dean Stoneman was the quickest driver on track in the afternoon session, with the DAMS driver setting a time of 1m41.273s that saw him finish sixth overall on Tuesday.

Tom Dillmann was seventh in the sole Jagonya Ayam with Carlin machine present on day two, with team-mate Sean Geleal back in Britain to sit some exams. The second Lotus of Meindert van Buuren was eighth, while 2014 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series champion Nyck de Vries was ninth for DAMS, ahead of Strakka’s Gustav Malja.

Many drivers concentrated on set-up and long runs during the day, including Pons Racing duo Roberto Merhi and Philo Paz Patric Armand. Facu Regalia returned to the Zeta Corse seat in place of Roman Mavlanov, who had tested with the team on Monday.

The next time the teams will take to the track will be for the opening round of the season, at Motorland Aragon, over the weekend of 24-26 April.

2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Aragon Test Day 2 Times

19Matthieu VaxiviereFRALotus1m40.662s
211Tio EllinasCYPStrakka Racing1m41.083s
34Oliver RowlandGBRFortec Motorsports1m41.126s
416Beitske VisserNEDAVF1m41.245s
53Jazeman JaafarMALFortec Motorsports1m41.254s
62Dean StonemanGBRDAMS1m41.273s
726Tom DillmannFRAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m41.479s
810Meindert van BuurenNEDLotus1m41.505s
91Nyck de VriesNEDDAMS1m41.534s
1012Gustav MaljaSWEStrakka Racing1m41.559s
1119Pietro FantinBRZInternational Draco Racing1m41.694s
125Nicholas LatifiCANArden Motorsport1m41.809s
136Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m41.870s
147Facu RegaliaARGZeta Corse1m41.996s
1540Roberto MerhiESPPons Racing1m42.151s
1639Philo Paz Patric ArmandINOPons Racing1m42.395s
1715Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m42.452s
1820Bruno BonifacioBRZInternational Draco Racing1m42.479s
1917Roy NissanyISRTech 1 Racing1m42.491s
2018Aurelien PanisFRATech 1 Racing1m42.840s