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GP3 testing: Emil Bernstorff fastest on day two at Barcelona

Emil Bernstorff, GP3 testing 2014Emil Bernstorff ended pre-season GP3 testing on top as he set the fastest time for Carlin at Barcelona on Thursday.

The Briton outpaced Jenzer's Pal Varhaug by 0.205 seconds in the quicker morning session.

"I just had a lap where I put everything together and didn't make any mistakes," said Bernstorff.

"The car feels really good, and it's a nice confidence boost to finish the final test quickest, particularly at the track we'll race on first."

Bernstorff's team-mate and Red Bull junior Alex Lynn completed the top three, with day one pacesetter Nick Yelloly making it three Brits in the top four places.

Another Brit hit the front in the afternoon, when Dean Stoneman was fastest for the Marussia Formula 1-affiliated Manor team, although times for the whole field were a long way adrift of the morning.

Varhaug was second again, with rookie Roman de Beer third for Trident.

Three red flags affected the running, caused by incidents for Denis Nagulin and Victor Carbone, and Patric Niederhauser coming to a halt on the circuit.

The 2014 GP3 driver line-up also took a step closer to completion on Thursday when Koiranen announced that it had signed Carmen Jorda for her third season in the category.

The GP3 season starts as part of the Spanish Grand Prix support bill at Barcelona in three weeks' time.

Pos  Driver               Team      Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Emil Bernstorff      Carlin    1m34.494s           62
 2.  Pal Varhaug          Jenzer    1m34.699s  +0.205s  65
 3.  Alex Lynn            Carlin    1m34.727s  +0.233s  62
 4.  Nick Yelloly         Status    1m34.754s  +0.260s  64
 5.  Patric Niederhauser  Arden     1m34.845s  +0.351s  69
 6.  Luis Sa Silva        Carlin    1m34.897s  +0.403s  58
 7.  Alex Fontana         ART       1m34.908s  +0.414s  79
 8.  Marvin Kirchhofer    ART       1m34.981s  +0.487s  79
 9.  Jimmy Eriksson       Koiranen  1m35.096s  +0.602s  60
10.  Patrick Kujala       Manor     1m35.114s  +0.620s  59
11.  Dino Zamparelli      ART       1m35.144s  +0.650s  73
12.  Adderly Fong         Jenzer    1m35.171s  +0.677s  62
13.  Santiago Urrutia     Koiranen  1m35.282s  +0.788s  61
14.  Matheo Tuscher       Jenzer    1m35.305s  +0.811s  60
15.  Dean Stoneman        Manor     1m35.353s  +0.859s  63
16.  Roman de Beer        Trident   1m35.398s  +0.904s  65
17.  Jann Mardenborough   Arden     1m35.572s  +1.078s  74
18.  Robert Visoiu        Arden     1m35.693s  +1.199s  65
19.  Richie Stanaway      Status    1m35.839s  +1.345s  55
20.  Alfonso Celis Jr     Status    1m36.165s  +1.671s  70
21.  Ryan Cullen          Manor     1m36.312s  +1.818s  50
22.  Nelson Mason         Hilmer    1m36.334s  +1.840s  58
23.  Victor Carbone       Trident   1m36.620s  +2.126s  66
24.  Ivan Taranov         Hilmer    1m37.211s  +2.717s  71
25.  Denis Nagulin        Trident   1m37.296s  +2.802s  70
26.  Carmen Jorda         Koiranen  1m39.117s  +4.623s  33
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