Ellinas puts Strakka Racing on top at home

Tio Ellinas put Strakka Racing on top of the timing screens in the second collective test session of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series weekend at Silverstone for the teams’ home event.

Ellinas set a best time of 1m41.494s towards the end of the session to hit the front, with his lap ending up being 0.158s quicker than Dean Stoneman in his Red Bull-backed DAMS machine.

Matthieu Vaxiviere was third quickest for Lotus ahead of his championship rival Oliver Rowland of Fortec Motorsports, while McLaren junior driver Nyck de Vries ended fifth in the second DAMS.

Gustav Malja ended sixth, making it a good session all round for the Strakka Racing team, with morning pace setter Pietro Fantin seventh for International Draco Racing.

Tom Dillmann and Sean Gelael were eighth and ninth respectively for the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team, while Egor Orudzhev completed the top ten for Arden Motorsport.

Nicholas Latifi caused a brief red flag period early in the session when he spun his Arden machine at turn seventeen, while Alfonso Celis Jr stopped on track late in the session in his AVF machine, although this did not require the session to be halted.

Silverstone Collective Test Afternoon Session Times

111Tio EllinasCYPStrakka Racing1m41.494s
22Dean StonemanGBRDAMS1m41.652s
39Matthieu VaxiviereFRALotus1m41.671s
44Oliver RowlandGBRFortec Motorsports1m41.894s
51Nyck de VriesNEDDAMS1m41.917s
612Gustav MaljaSWEStrakka Racing1m41.960s
719Pietro FantinBRZInternational Draco Racing1m42.019s
826Tom DillmannFRAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m42.075s
925Sean GelaelINOJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m42.176s
106Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m42.179s
113Jazeman JaafarMALFortec Motorsports1m42.245s
125Nicholas LatifiCANArden Motorsport1m42.282s
1310Nick YellolyGBRLotus1m42.690s
1418Aurelien PanisFRATech 1 Racing1m42.845s
1516Beitske VisserNEDAVF1m42.907s
1617Roy NissanyISRTech 1 Racing1m42.914s
1720Bruno BonifacioBRZInternational Draco Racing1m43.210s
1815Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m43.537s
1939Philo Paz Patric ArmandINOPons Racing1m44.893s
2040Will BrattGBRPons Racing1m45.059s