Oliver Rowland quickest on day two of GP3 Yas Marina test
|By Sam Tremayne||Wednesday, November 6th 2013, 14:47 GMT|
Oliver Rowland, the 2011 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner set the pace on the second day of GP3's post-season test at Yas Marina.
The 21-year-old Briton, who finished runner-up in this year's Formula Renault Eurocup, topped both the morning and afternoon sessions for the Manor squad.
As was the case on day one, it was the latter session that proved the faster, with Rowland improving by almost half a second to go fastest with a 1m55.600s.
That left him just over 37 hundredths of a second clear of ART's Patric Niederhauser, who combined a full season in GP3 - scoring two podiums - with LMP2 commitments both at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the ELMS.
Day one pacesetter Dean Stoneman, who took a podium finish on his series debut at Yas Marina last weekend, was third fastest for Koiranen GP.
MW Arden pair Robert Visoiu - who won twice in GP3 this year - and Marvin Kirchhofer - the German F3 champion - were next up, both getting to within a quarter of a second of Rowland's benchmark.
Roman de Beer, testing for Trident, meanwhile shaded Lotus F1 Junior Team member Alex Fontana in the fight for sixth, with just 0.030s to choose between the pair in the afternoon.
Jimmy Eriksson was eighth fastest as Russian Time took part in its second full day of testing ahead of an inaugural GP3 campaign next year, while Carlin's Jann Mardenborough and MW Arden's Ed Jones rounded out the top 10.
Kirchhofer caused one of three red flags when he stopped out on track with an hour of the day remaining.
Russian Time's Ivan Taranov brought about the first stoppage when he made light contact with the Turn 8 barriers early on, while Kuba Dalewski's spin caused the other interruption.
Morning times Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Oliver Rowland Manor 1m56.020s 23 2. Patric Niederhauser ART 1m56.270s +0.250s 24 3. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1m56.285s +0.265s 22 4. Dean Stoneman Koiranen 1m56.299s +0.279s 20 5. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1m56.312s +0.292s 23 6. Roman de Beer Trident 1m56.365s +0.345s 24 7. Marvin Kirchhofer MW Arden 1m56.383s +0.363s 16 8. Alex Fontana ART 1m56.610s +0.590s 22 9. Ed Jones MW Arden 1m56.670s +0.650s 17 10. Jimmy Eriksson Russian Time 1m56.727s +0.707s 23 11. Emanuele Zonzini ART 1m56.858s +0.838s 25 12. David Fumanelli Jenzer 1m56.928s +0.908s 22 13. Jann Mardenborough Carlin 1m57.015s +0.995s 24 14. Nick Cassidy Status 1m57.372s +1.352s 19 15. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen 1m57.451s +1.431s 23 16. Kevin Joerg Jenzer 1m57.497s +1.477s 22 17. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1m57.503s +1.483s 23 18. Jack Hawksworth Status 1m57.760s +1.740s 29 19. Robert Cregan Trident 1m57.908s +1.888s 32 20. Markus Pommer Russian Time 1m57.948s +1.928s 29 21. Kuba Dalewski Trident 1m57.965s +1.945s 23 22. Dino Zamparelli Manor 1m58.023s +2.003s 12 23. Ryan Cullen Manor 1m58.220s +2.200s 15 24. Ivan Taranov Russian Time 1m58.377s +2.357s 21 25. Nicholas Latifi Status 1m58.399s +2.379s 24 26. Carmen Jorda Koiranen 1m58.742s +2.722s 19 Afternoon times Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Oliver Rowland Manor 1m55.600s 31 2. Patric Niederhauser ART 1m55.637s +0.037s 27 3. Dean Stoneman Koiranen 1m55.711s +0.111s 27 4. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1m55.770s +0.170s 28 5. Marvin Kirchhofer MW Arden 1m55.816s +0.216s 22 6. Roman de Beer Trident 1m55.866s +0.266s 19 7. Alex Fontana ART 1m55.896s +0.296s 25 8. Jimmy Eriksson Russian Time 1m56.114s +0.514s 36 9. Jann Mardenborough Carlin 1m56.145s +0.545s 30 10. Ed Jones MW Arden 1m56.227s +0.627s 26 11. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1m56.231s +0.631s 31 12. David Fumanelli Jenzer 1m56.285s +0.685s 17 13. Kevin Joerg Jenzer 1m56.430s +0.830s 30 14. Robert Cregan Trident 1m56.522s +0.922s 23 15. Jack Hawksworth Status 1m56.627s +1.027s 20 16. Nick Cassidy Status 1m56.686s +1.086s 16 17. Markus Pommer Russian Time 1m56.764s +1.164s 27 18. Emanuele Zonzini ART 1m56.766s +1.166s 22 19. Dino Zamparelli Manor 1m56.864s +1.264s 32 20. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen 1m56.881s +1.281s 22 21. Nicholas Latifi Status 1m57.079s +1.479s 26 22. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1m57.216s +1.616s 27 23. Gustavo Menezes Jenzer 1m57.444s +1.844s 32 24. Kuba Dalewski Trident 1m57.596s +1.996s 22 25. Ryan Cullen Manor 1m57.789s +2.189s 26 26. Ivan Taranov Russian Time 1m58.004s +2.404s 30 27. Carmen Jorda Koiranen 2m00.080s +4.480s 12