Belgian wildcard entrant Max Defourny led the way in the collective test sessions ahead of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series finale in Jerez on Friday.
The ART Junior Team driver set a time of 1m40.408s in the first of the two sessions on Friday to lead the way, with his time just 0.001s faster than Tech 1 Racing’s Anthoine Hubert, who was the quickest of the championship contending drivers on the day in Spain.
Hubert is only fifteen points behind championship leader Louis Deletraz of Josef Kaufmann Racing, with the Swiss driver and his team having a disappointing day, ending up twenty-fifth fastest out of the twenty-seven drivers competing this weekend.
It wasn’t only a disappointing day for the championship leader, with Kevin Jörg, who sits second in the championship only twenty-first, while third placed Jack Aitken was down in sixteenth for Koiranen GP.
Ben Barnicoat and Jake Hughes, who are mathematically in with a chance of the title, were tenth and eighteenth for Fortec Motorsports and Koiranen GP respectively.
Ukyo Sasahara, the last of the drivers with a chance of the title was third quickest on Friday for the ART Junior Team, but the Japanese driver would need a near-perfect weekend and the rest of the contenders having a pointless run to secure the title.
Simon Gachet, team-mate to Hubert, ended fourth ahead of ARTA Engineering duo Amaury Richard and James Allen, while Russian drivers Vasily Romanov and Matevos Isaakyan were seventh and eighth for Cram Motorsport and JD Motorsport respectively.
Hugo de Sadeleer of Tech 1 Racing and Barnicoat completed the top ten.
The second session saw Isaakyan set the pace ahead of Fortec Motorsports’ Jehan Daruvala, with Ignazio D’Agosto third for Manor MP Motorsport ahead of Darius Oskoui (ART Junior Team) and Barnicoat.
Jerez Collective Tests Results (Combined)
POS NO. DRIVER NAT TEAM FP1 TIME FP2 TIME
1 49 Max Defourny BEL ART Junior Team 1m40.408s 1m43.068s
2 22 Anthoine Hubert FRA Tech 1 Racing 1m40.409s 1m42.410s
3 9 Ukyo Sasahara JAP ART Junior Team 1m40.487s 1m43.361s
4 21 Simon Gachet FRA Tech 1 Racing 1m40.510s 1m42.733s
5 25 Amaury Richard FRA ARTA Engineering 1m40.615s 1m43.990s
6 26 James Allen AUS ARTA Engineering 1m41.113s 1m43.430s
7 51 Vasily Romanov RUS Cram Motorsport 1m41.206s 1m43.148s
8 35 Matevos Isaakyan RUS JD Motorsport 1m41.229s 1m41.665s
9 20 Hugo de Sadeleer SWI Tech 1 Racing 1m41.313s 1m43.486s
10 6 Ben Barnicoat GBR Fortec Motorsports 1m41.630s 1m42.109s
11 54 Jehan Daruvala IND Fortec Motorsports 1m42.380s 1m41.704s
12 37 Alexey Korneev RUS JD Motorsport 1m41.847s 1m43.287s
13 19 Ignazio D'Agosto ITA Manor MP Motorsport 1m42.681s 1m41.885s
14 27 Harrison Scott GBR AVF 1m41.962s 1m42.386s
15 10 Darius Oskoui SWI ART Junior Team 1m42.911s 1m41.995s
16 3 Jack Aitken GBR Koiranen GP 1m42.008s 1m42.247s
17 59 Julien Falchero FRA GSK Grand Prix 1m42.030s 1m43.224s
18 2 Jake Hughes GBR Koiranen GP 1m42.066s 1m42.794s
19 17 Dennis Olsen NOR Manor MP Motorsport 1m42.879s 1m42.112s
20 8 Valentin Hasse-Clot FRA Fortec Motorsports 1m42.167s 1m42.686s
21 15 Kevin Jorg SWI Josef Kaufmann Racing 1m42.389s 1m42.248s
22 36 Thiago Vivacqua BRZ JD Motorsport 1m42.366s 1m42.466s
23 5 Martin Kodric CRO Fortec Motorsports 1m42.470s 1m42.442s
24 18 Bruno Baptista BRZ Manor MP Motorsport 1m42.824s 1m42.458s
25 14 Louis Deletraz SWI Josef Kaufmann Racing 1m42.997s 1m42.580s
26 48 Daniel Pronenko UKR BVM 1m42.856s 1m42.598s
27 58 Denis Bulatov RUS AVF 1m43.370s 1m42.953s