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FORMULA RENAULT 3.5 NEWS 

Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello flies in Formula Renault 3.5 test

Raffaele Marciello, FR3.5 testing, Strakka Racing

Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello dominated Formula Renault 3.5 testing for the second day running at Aragon.

The Formula 3 European champion remained with Strakka Racing for day two in Spain, and again topped the times in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

The Italian's best lap on new tyres in the final hour was the fastest time set in a FR3.5 car at the Spanish track, and it put him four tenths of a second clear of Carlos Sainz Jr's best lap for DAMS.

"These two days with Strakka Racing have gone really well," said Marciello, who will switch to Arden Caterham for the third and final day of the test.

"The car was good, easy to drive, we didn't have any problems so it was quite easy to push to the limit and that's what we did with the lap record."

Sainz enjoyed a brief spell on top before Marciello improved for the final time and was a comfortable second by the end of the day, while Formula Renault Eurocup runner-up Oliver Rowland was a frontrunner for the second day running as he took third for Fortec.

2013 FR3.5 racers Jazeman Jaafar and Nikolay Martsenko completed the top five.

Rowland's FR2.0 rival Pierre Gasly was sixth for Arden Caterham having set the pace early on in the afternoon session.

Combined Thursday times:

Pos  Driver              Team            Time       Gap
 1.  Raffaele Marciello  Strakka         1m38.976s
 2.  Carlos Sainz Jr     DAMS            1m39.428s  +0.452s
 3.  Oliver Rowland      Fortec          1m39.719s  +0.743s
 4.  Jazeman Jaafar      ISR             1m39.782s  +0.806s
 5.  Nikolay Martsenko   Zeta            1m39.794s  +0.818s
 6.  Pierre Gasly        Arden Caterham  1m39.888s  +0.912s
 7.  Luca Ghiotto        Draco           1m39.938s  +0.962s
 8.  Sergey Sirotkin     Fortec          1m39.987s  +1.011s
 9.  Zoel Amberg         Arden Caterham  1m40.077s  +1.101s
10.  Pietro Fantin       Draco           1m40.086s  +1.110s
11.  Will Buller         AV              1m40.157s  +1.181s
12.  Nico Muller         SMP/Comtec      1m40.228s  +1.252s
13.  Matias Laine        Strakka         1m40.371s  +1.395s
14.  Nick Yelloly        Carlin          1m40.565s  +1.589s
15.  Mathieu Vaxiviere   Pons            1m40.633s  +1.657s
16.  Marlon Stockinger   Lotus           1m40.711s  +1.735s
17.  Kimiya Sato         Lotus           1m40.741s  +1.765s
18.  Roman Mavlanov      Zeta            1m40.850s  +1.874s
19.  Alex Lynn           DAMS            1m40.859s  +1.883s
20.  Marco Sorensen      Tech 1          1m40.891s  +1.915s
21.  Dean Stoneman       Carlin          1m40.981s  +2.005s
22.  Andrea Pizzitola    AV              1m41.126s  +2.150s
23.  Riccardo Agostini   Pons            1m41.447s  +2.471s
24.  Jordan Oon          Tech 1          1m43.812s  +4.836s
25.  Liam Venter         SMP/Comtec      1m44.495s  +5.519s
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