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FORMULA RENAULT 3.5 NEWS 

Aragon FR3.5 test: Red Bull protege Carlos Sainz Jr tops day two

Carlos Sainz Jr

Carlos Sainz Jr set the pace on day two of the Aragon Formula Renault 3.5 test at Aragon.

The Spaniard was quickest in both sessions for DAMS, heading fellow Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly's Arden car by half a second in the morning, when Formula Renault 2.0 graduate Gasly felt he had been stymied by traffic.

Sainz's morning best of 1m38.340s was the day's benchmark and set a new circuit record for FR3.5.

Gasly fell to third in the second session as Sauber Formula 1 test driver Sergey Sirotkin took second for Fortec, 0.2s down on Sainz.

Pietro Fantin, Will Buller and Will Stevens filled the rest of the top six on combined times.

Tuesday pacesetter Oliver Rowland was only 19th this time in the second Fortec car.

GP2 race-winner Tom Dillmann joined the test for day two, taking over from Daniil Move at Pons and going 17th quickest.

Dillmann had been expecting to continue in GP2 with Russian Time before the team's reorganisation in the wake of founder Igor Mazepa's death.

Although he tested with ISR last winter, Dillmann has yet to race in FR3.5. He will stay in the car for Thursday.

Pos  Driver               Team     Time       Gap
 1.  Carlos Sainz Jr      DAMS     1m38.340s
 2.  Sergey Sirotkin      Fortec   1m38.798s  +0.458s
 3.  Pierre Gasly         Arden    1m38.828s  +0.488s
 4.  Pietro Fantin        Draco    1m38.864s  +0.524s
 5.  Will Buller          Arden    1m38.994s  +0.654s
 6.  Will Stevens         Strakka  1m39.030s  +0.690s
 7.  Nigel Melker         Tech 1   1m39.144s  +0.804s
 8.  Norman Nato          DAMS     1m39.161s  +0.821s
 9.  Jazeman Jaafar       ISR      1m39.205s  +0.865s
10.  Marlon Stockinger    Lotus    1m39.219s  +0.879s
11.  Luca Ghiotto         Draco    1m39.249s  +0.909s
12.  Matthieu Vaxiviere   Lotus    1m39.334s  +0.994s
13.  Matias Laine         Strakka  1m39.341s  +1.001s
14.  Zoel Amberg          AVF      1m39.359s  +1.019s
15.  Marco Sorensen       Tech 1   1m39.467s  +1.127s
16.  Nikolay Martsenko    Comtec   1m39.488s  +1.148s
17.  Tom Dillmann         Pons     1m39.499s  +1.159s
18.  Meindert van Buuren  Pons     1m40.051s  +1.711s
19.  Oliver Rowland       Fortec   1m40.451s  +2.111s
20.  Roberto Merhi        Zeta     1m40.498s  +2.158s
21.  Roman Mavlanov       Zeta     1m40.596s  +2.256s
22.  Beitske Visser       AVF      1m40.813s  +2.473s
23.  Liam Venter          Comtec   1m41.187s  +2.847s
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