Kanamaru fastest on first Formula 3.5 V8 test day

Japanese ace Yu Kanamaru topped the first day of the two-day test at the Circuito de Jerez to get the era of the newly renamed Formula 3.5 V8 underway.

The EuroFormula Open race winner continued with the Pons Racing outfit that gave him his Formula Renault 3.5 Series debut this season, and set the pace with a time of 1m28.067s in the morning session, although he could only manage a time of 1m28.668s in the afternoon.

Egor Orudzhev, also back with the team he ran with during 2015, ended fastest in the afternoon session, just 0.016s back for Arden Motorsport.

Kanamaru was more than a second faster than newly crowned Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series champion Jack Aitken during the morning session, with the British driver testing with Fortec Motorsports, who took both the Formula Renault 3.5 Series Teams’ title and the Drivers’ championship with Oliver Rowland in 2015.

Matthieu Vaxiviere, who finished runner up to Rowland, finished third in the morning session for the new Spirit of Race team, who made their first appearance in the series having taken over the running of the Draco Racing machines post-season.

Jake Hughes, who was a race winner in Eurocup in 2015, finished the morning in fourth for Strakka Racing, just ahead of the team’s regular 2015 driver Gustav Malja.

Hughes finished second behind Orudzhev during the afternoon session, with the Briton 0.143s back on the Russian, while Vaxiviere once again third ahead of Aitken, while Marvin Kirchhöfer, a race winner in the GP3 Series in both 2014 and 2015 was fifth for AVF.

There were a few red flag interruptions during the day, with Hughes stopping on track and both Kirchhöfer and Jehan Daruvala spinning in the morning, while Matevos Isaakyan spun off in the afternoon.

Jerez Test Day 1 Times (Combined)

1Yu KanamaruJAPPons Racing1m28.067s1m28.668s
2Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m29.817s1m28.083s
3Jake HughesGBRStrakka Racing1m28.909s1m28.226s
4Matthieu VaxiviereFRASpirit of Race1m28.791s1m28.300s
5Jack AitkenGBRFortec Motorsports1m28.588s1m28.438s
6Marvin KirchhoferGERAVF1m30.314s1m28.440s
7Gustav MaljaSWEStrakka Racing1m28.955s1m28.872s
8Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1m29.092s1m28.952s
9George RussellGBRTech 1 Racing1m30.252s1m29.088s
10Mateovos IsaakyanRUSPons Racing1m29.194s1m29.762s
11Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m29.419s1m29.561s
12Richard GondaSVKLotus1m30.684s1m29.589s
13Nikita ZlobinRUSCarlin1m29.740s1m30.022s
14Aurelien PanisFRATech 1 Racing1m30.062s1m29.932s
15Jehan DaruvalaINDComtec Racing1m30.784s1m29.988s
16Kevin JorgSWIArden Motorsport1m31.159s1m30.676s
17Vladimir AtoevRUSCarlin1m31.792s1m30.933s
18Mahaveer RaghunathanINDComtec Racing1m35.191s1m32.787s