Panis on top on opening day of Barcelona test

by Paul Hensby

Aurélien Panis led the way on the opening day of the Formula V8 3.5 Series pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday.

The Frenchman set the pace in both the morning and afternoon sessions, with the Arden Motorsport setting his best time of the day of 1m30.835s during the morning’s running.

Tom Dillmann was second quickest during the morning, almost half a second down for AVF, while Emil Bernstorff, testing with Strakka Racing with one eye on securing one of the two available seats within the team was third, 0.847s down on Panis.

Bernstorff was responsible for one of the two red flag periods during the session when he stopped on track, with Johnny Cecotto Jr responsible for the second, with the Venezuelan testing for RP Motorsport.

Pietro Fittipaldi of Fortec Motorsports was fourth ahead of the season AVF of Alfonso Celis Jr, while the second Fortec of Louis Deletraz ended the session in sixth, with Beitske Visser (Strakka), Matthieu Vaxiviere (SMP Racing), Rene Binder (Lotus) and Egor Orudzhev (Arden) completed the top ten.

Panis once again led the way in the afternoon with a lap time of 1m31.156s, with Binder denying Arden a 1-2 with second place ahead of Orudzhev, while Vaxiviere and Fittipaldi were fourth and fifth.

Roy Nissany placed sixth for Lotus ahead of Deletraz and Bernstorff, while Teo Martin Motorsport duo Matevos Isaakyan and Yu Kanamaru completed the top ten.

Gentleman driver Giuseppe Cipriani took to the track for Durango Racing Team for the first time but was over seven seconds off the ultimate pace, while Cecotto’s morning issue saw him miss the afternoon session.

Circuit de Catalunya Test Day 1 Morning Times

18Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1m30.835s40
216Tom DillmannFRAAVF1m31.289s48
35Emil BernstorffGBRStrakka Racing1m31.682s36
42Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m31.782s42
515Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m31.821s36
61Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1m31.886s43
76Beitske VisserNEDStrakka Racing1m32.099s45
823Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1m32.154s27
93Rene BinderAUTLotus1m32.630s21
107Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m32.676s22
1125Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1m32.703s32
124Roy NissanyISRLotus1m33.087s15
1326Matevos IsaakyanRUSTeo Martin Motorsport1m33.180s34
1421Johnny Cecotto JrVENRP Motorsport1m33.258s15
1522Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1m33.362s34
1624Vladimir AtoevRUSSMP Racing1m33.788s33
1720Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team1m38.392s28

Circuit de Catalunya Test Day 1 Afternoon Times

18Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1m31.156s26
23Rene BinderAUTLotus1m31.295s25
37Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m31.323s25
423Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1m31.343s28
52Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m31.518s37
64Roy NissanyISRLotus1m31.654s29
71Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1m31.708s29
85Emil BernstorffGBRStrakka Racing1m31.909s28
926Matevos IsaakyanRUSTeo Martin Motorsport1m32.013s19
1025Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1m32.052s28
116Beitske VisserNEDStrakka Racing1m32.081s28
1222Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1m32.242s26
1315Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m32.246s39
1416Tom DillmannFRAAVF1m32.810s31
1524Vladimir AtoevRUSSMP Racing1m33.561s16
1620Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team1m38.031s16
1721Johnny Cecotto JrVENRP MotorsportNo Time0

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