Deletraz ends Motorland pre-season test on top

Louis Deletraz set the pace on the final day of pre-season testing as the Formula V8 3.5 Series teams did their final preparations ahead of next weekend’s opening round of the season at Motorland Aragon.

The Swiss driver, who is racing for Fortec Motorsports having stepped up from Formula Renault 2.0 where he won the NEC championship in 2015 and finished runner-up in Eurocup, set the best time of 1m40.235s during the morning session, which unlike on day one was the quicker of the two sessions.

Day one pacesetter Egor Orudzhev continued his strong Aragon pace with the second fastest time, with the Arden Motorsport driver just 0.111s shy of Deletraz, while Frenchman Matthieu Vaxiviere ended the day third quickest for SMP Racing, a further 0.232s back of Orudzhev.

Pietro Fittipaldi placed the second Fortec machine into fourth but stopped on track during the afternoon session, necessitating in a red flag to recover the #2 car, but the Brazilian was one of six drivers to set a time beneath 1m41s on Sunday.

Frenchmen Tom Dillmann and Aurélien Panis were the final two drivers to set a time beneath 1m41s, with the AVF driver setting a time of 1m40.813s and the Arden driver a time of 1m40.950s.

Yu Kanamaru and Beitske Visser were seventh and eighth respectively for Teo Martin Motorsport, with the Lotus duo of Roy Nissany and Rene Binder following in ninth and tenth.

There were separate red flags during the morning session to recover the AVF of Alfonso Celis Jr, the RP Motorsport entry of Vitor Baptista and the Durango of Giuseppe Cipriani all stopped on track.

Dillmann was the fastest driver in the slower afternoon session with a 1m41.294s, with Nissany, Orudzhev, SMP Racing’s Matevos Isaakyan and Kanamaru filling out the top five.

The teams and drivers will now reconvene at the same circuit next weekend for the season opening round of the season.

Motorland Aragon Pre-Season Test Day 2 Morning Times

11Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1m40.235s39
27Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m40.346s29
323Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1m40.578s32
42Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m40.703s30
516Tom DillmannFRAAVF1m40.813s30
68Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1m40.950s35
725Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1m41.076s38
86Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport1m41.434s26
94Roy NissanyISRLotus1m41.489s26
103Rene BinderAUTLotus1m41.542s27
1126Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing1m42.049s29
1215Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m42.350s13
1321Johnny Cecotto JrVENRP Motorsport1m42.435s11
1422Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1m43.017s19
1520Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team1m47.323s28

Motorland Aragon Pre-Season Test Day 2 Afternoon Times

116Tom DillmannFRAAVF1m41.294s37
24Roy NissanyISRLotus1m41.434s22
37Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m41.538s49
426Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing1m41.630s44
525Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1m41.827s31
66Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport1m41.861s29
723Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1m41.875s40
88Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1m42.030s40
91Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1m42.381s43
103Rene BinderAUTLotus1m42.660s19
112Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m42.818s35
1221Johnny Cecotto JrVENRP Motorsport1m42.873s22
1322Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1m43.338s26
1415Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m45.215s17
1520Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team1m46.088s25