Artur Janosz on top on day one of Valencia test

2016 GP3 Series Test 2 - Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain. Thursday 7 April 2016. Artur Janosz (POL, Trident) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image _R6T7640

GP3 Series testing got back underway in Valencia, with Trident Motorsport‘s Artur Janosz setting the best time of the day – a 1m21.755s – in the morning session, while Koiranen GP‘s Matthew Parry topped the afternoon session with a 1m21.932s.

The only change since the first pre-season test was the addition of Richard Gonda who signed to Jenzer Motorsport earlier this week.

Jake Hughes was the first to take to the track, but it was Akash Nandy who first ventured into the 1m23s. It was DAMS and Haas F1 Team development driver Santino Ferrucci finding that extra pace to lower the benchmark, only to be beaten by Oscar Tunjo who rose to the top with a 1m22.029s.

A stoppage to the session was brought about following Parry stopping on track.

Up till the midpoint of the session, Tunjo still led the way before Janosz rocketed to the top of the timing screens to relegate him to second place – with Arden International‘s Jack Aitken in third place, with over 30 minutes remaining on the clock.

Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc soon leapt up into second place, only to be displaced by his team-mate Alexander Albon. Campos Racing driver Konstantin Tereshchenko improved up to third, pushing Leclerc down to fourth place.

As the morning session drew to a close, Janosz remained unchallenged ahead of: Albon, Tereshchenko, Leclerc, Tunjo, Alex Palou, Nyck de Vries, Tatiana Calderon and Giuliano Alesi.

Following the two hour lunch break, the Arden duo of Jake Dennis and Aitken led for much of the afternoon – separated by a mere 0.027s. The main focus of this session for the drivers was discovering their long run pace.

With 30 minutes left of the day’s running, Parry shot to the top of the timings to be the only driver to break the 1m21s barrier in the afternoon session.

The Koiranen driver remained P1 when the day drew to its close, ahead of: Dennis, Aitken, Nirei Fukuzumi, Leclerc, Albon, Tunjo, Steijn Schothorst, Ferrucci and Matevos Isaakyan.

Valencia Pre-Season Test Morning Session

1Artur Janosz Trident1:21.755
2Alexander AlbonART Grand Prix1:21.954
3Konstantin TereshchenkoCampos Racing 1:21.976
4Charles LeclercART Grand Prix1:22.017
5Oscar Tunjo Jenzer Motorsport 1:22.029
6Jack Aitken Arden International1:22.054
7Alex PalouCampos Racing 1:22.0.76
8Nyck De VriesART Grand Prix1:22.096
9Tatiana Calderon Arden International1:22.112
10Giuliano AlesiTrident1:22.184
11Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP1:22.199
12Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix1:22.232
13Matthew Parry Koiranen GP1:22.241
14Steijn SchothorstCampos Racing 1:22.317
15Kevin J?rg DAMS1:22.334
16Santino FerrucciDAMS1:22.344
17Jake Dennis Arden International1:22.377
18Jake Hughes DAMS1:22.388
19Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP1:22.470
20Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 1:22.798
21Richard Gonda Jenzer Motorsport 1:23.098
22Mahaveer RaghunathanKoiranen GP1:23.285
23Sandy Stuvik Trident1:38.343
24Antonio FuocoTrident1:38.861

Valencia Pre-Season Test Afternoon Session

1Matthew ParryKoiranen GP1:21.932
2Jake DennisArden International1:22.161
3Jack AitkenArden International1:22.188
4Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix1:22.286
5Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix1:22.295
6Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix1:22.411
7Oscar Tunjo Jenzer Motorsport1:22.433
8Steijn SchothorstCampos Racing1:22.435
9Santino FerrucciDAMS1:22.475
10Matevos IsaakyanKoiranen GP1:22.527
11Nyck De VriesART Grand Prix1:22.535
12Artur Janosz Trident1:22.545
13Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP1:22.565
14Giuliano Alesi Trident1:22.620
15Sandy StuvikTrident1:22.632
16Antonio FuocoTrident1:22.684
17Richard GondaJenzer Motorsport1:22.734
18Kevin J?rgDAMS1:22.866
19Konstantin TereshchenkoCampos Racing1:22.885
20Tatiana Calderon Arden International1:22.916
21Alex Palou Campos Racing1:22.925
22Jake Hughes DAMS1:22.937
23Mahaveer Raghunathan Koiranen GP1:23.061
24Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport1:23.166