GP3 Series

Fuoco fastest on the second day of GP3 testing

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2016 GP3 Series Testing. Estoril, Portugal. Wednesday 23 March 2016. Antonio Fuoco (ITA) Trident Photo: Malclom Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image F80P1995

Trident Motorsport and Ferrari Driver Academy driver Antonio Fuoco was quickest in both of the second day’s sessions at Circuito Estoril in Portugal for the GP3 Series pre-season testing.

The Italian driver set the quickest time of the day in the morning session with a 1m27.991s which was two tenths quicker than ART Grand Prix‘s Alexander Albon.

Despite having rain prior to the session as with the first day of running, the drivers were greeted by a dry track. DAMSKevin Jörg and Jenzer Motorsport‘s Oscar Tunjo set the early pace before Jack Aitken went to the top of the timing screens.

Times continued to improve, with Aitken remaining on top ahead of Albon and Fuoco at the midway point of the session.

As the final hour ticked down, Albon bettered Aitken’s time to make himself P1 as the rest of the field concentrated on perfecting their set-ups and working on longer runs. Fuoco found some extra pace as the clock ticked on to, be the first and only driver of the day to, dip into the 1m27s.

As the chequered flag dropped, Fuoco remained unchallenged ahead of Albon, Aitken, Jack Hughes, Nirei Fukuzumi, Charles Leclerc, Nyck de Vries, Tunjo, Alex Palou and Jörg.

Following the two hour lunch break, DAMS driver Santino Ferrucci was keen to get going and led the way early on from Jake Dennis and Jörg. At the halfway point of the sessions Aitken headed the time sheets before his team-mate Tatiana Calderon lapped three tenths faster than him.

Artur Janosz was first to break into the 1m28s in the afternoon before a series of changes at the top saw Dennis and Aitken claim an Arden one-two over Ferrucci, Ralph Boschung and Janosz.

A red flag was brought out briefly due to a quick spin from Mahaveer Raghunathan, and with 25 minutes left the session resumed.

Not for long although, a second red flag was brought out after Leclerc stopped on track with 10 minutes to go. When the session restarted following this Fuoco was on another flier which saw him reclaim the top spot with Aitken 0.062s shy of the Italian’s best effort.

Behind Fuoco and Aitken were Janosz, Dennis, de Vries, Matthew Parry, Jörg, Ferrucci, Tunjo and Boschung.

Morning Session

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Afternoon Session

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