Daniel Abt tops second day of Valencia GP3 test for ART
|Thursday, November 24th 2011, 16:14 GMT|
Daniel Abt continued his fine form as the ART driver ended the Valencia GP3 test on top of the timesheets.
The 18-year-old German, who competed in the F3 Euro Series this year, set the pace in 1m26.147s during the morning session, a time good enough to knock Manor driver Matias Laine off the top spot by just 0.075s.
Marlon Stockinger put his Status car third, ahead of Jenzer's Patric Niederhauser and Atech CRS driver Tamas Pal Kiss, a race-winner in GP3 with Tech 1 this year.
James Calado, who finished second in this year's championship, but is moving up to GP2 with ART in 2012, drove for the squad and was sixth quickest.
Conor Daly headed the afternoon times for Carlin, but with track conditions being less conducive to quick laps and most teams turning their attentions to race simulations, this failed to help him improve on his seventh place overall.
Maxim Zimin (MW Arden), Michael Heche (Jenzer) and Aaron Vainio (ART) completed the top 10, while British drivers Will Stevens and Tom Blomqvist were 14th and 15th for the MW Arden and Carlin squads respectively.
Japanese F3 champion Yuhi Sekiguchi crashed his RSC Mucke car during the morning session and was unable to get out during the afternoon.
Day Two times:
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Daniel Abt ART 1m26.147s 2. Matias Laine Manor 1m26.222s + 0.075s 3. Marlon Stockinger Status 1m26.407s + 0.260s 4. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer 1m26.448s + 0.301s 5. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS 1m26.453s + 0.306s 6. James Calado ART 1m26.564s + 0.417s 7. Conor Daly Carlin 1m26.677s + 0.530s 8. Maxim Zimin MW Arden 1m26.745s + 0.598s 9. Michael Heche Jenzer 1m26.815s + 0.668s 10. Aaro Vainio ART 1m26.820s + 0.673s 11. Robert Visoiu Jenzer 1m26.845s + 0.698s 12. Tio Ellinas Manor 1m26.867s + 0.720s 13. Gabby Chaves Status 1m26.891s + 0.744s 14. Will Stevens MW Arden 1m26.905s + 0.758s 15. Tom Blomqvist Carlin 1m27.212s + 1.065s 16. Lorenzo Camplese Tech 1 1m27.504s + 1.357s 17. Fabio Gamberini MW Arden 1m27.649s + 1.502s 18. Alex Fontana Tech 1 1m27.796s + 1.649s 19. Pascal Wehrlein RSC Mucke 1m28.038s + 1.891s 20. Dmitry Suranovich Addax 1m28.393s + 2.246s 21. Yuri Grigorenko Manor 1m28.443s + 2.296s 22. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS 1m28.669s + 2.522s 23. Picho Toledano Tech 1 1m29.171s + 3.024s 24. Michela Cerruti Addax 1m29.698s + 3.551s 25. Kotaro Sakurai Status 1m29.721s + 3.574s 26. Yuhi Sekiguchi RSC Mucke 1m29.943s + 3.796s