Ellinas leads Dillmann on final day in Spain

Tio Ellinas returned to his Strakka Racing seat for the first time since the season finale of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series season for the final day of the Formula 3.5 V8 test at Motorland Aragon on Friday and finished on top of the timing screens.

The Cypriot racer, twice a winner in 2015 and part of the Strakka development programme, set a time of 1m40.686s to sit just ahead of day two pacesetter Tom Dillmann, who continued his testing programme with AVF onto the final day of the three-day test at the Spanish circuit.

Ellinas and Dillmann were the only drivers to dip beneath the 1m41s barrier on Friday, with Kevin Jörg third quickest with a time of 1m41.068s for the Charouz-run Lotus team.

Dean Stoneman returned to the Carlin team for the final day after the team did not take part on day two, with the Red Bull-backed Briton ending fourth quickest, just ahead of Egor Orudzhev, who continued his allegiance with Arden Motorsport.

Alfonso Celis Jr confirmed AVF’s pace with the sixth fastest time on the final day, just ahead of 2015 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series runner-up Louis Deletraz of Fortec Motorsport, while Jake Hughes moved across from Strakka Racing to Carlin for the final day of the test and placed eighth.

Yu Kanamaru, who has run every day of the testing season with Pons Racing so far, ended ninth, while Callum Ilott, another Red Bull-backed driver, tested with Strakka Racing and finished the day tenth quickest.

Swedish driver Jimmy Eriksson, who is competing in the GP3 Series in 2015, took part in the days running for Arden Motorsport, ending eleventh, just ahead of 2015 Eurocup champion Jack Aitken of Fortec Motorsports.

Motorland Aragon Day 3 Test Times

1Tio EllinasCYPStrakka Racing1m40.686s1m41.344s
2Tom DillmannFRAAVF1m40.792s1m40.773s
3Kevin JorgSWILotus1m41.068s1m41.105s
4Dean StonemanGBRCarlin1m41.069s1m41.457s
5Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m41.085s1m41.470s
6Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m41.103s1m42.010s
7Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1m41.178s1m42.164s
8Jake HughesGBRCarlin1m41.212s1m41.232s
9Yu KanamaruJAPPons Racing1m41.472s1m41.801s
10Callum IlottGBRStrakka Racing1m41.649s1m41.617s
11Jimmy ErikssonSWEArden Motorsport1m41.642s1m42.221s
12Jack AitkenGBRFortec Motorsports1m41.716s1m41.756s
13Roy NissanyISRTech 1 Racing1m41.732s1m42.441s
14Anthoine HubertFRATech 1 Racing1m41.763sNo Time
15Tatiana CalderonCOLPons Racing1m41.817s1m42.811s
16Vladimir AtoevRUSSpirit of Race1m41.845s1m42.375s
17Nikita ZlobinRUSSpirit of Race1m42.199s1m43.348s
18Guillaume CunningtonFRALotus1m47.035s1m46.687s