Evans sets the pace on first day of GP3 testing at Barcelona
|Monday, March 12th 2012, 17:21 GMT|
Mitch Evans set the pace on the first day of GP3's pre-season test at Barcelona.
The MW Arden driver got down to a 1m38.609s in the morning session, which was enough for him to end the day more than one tenth clear of the rest of the field.
Manor's Tio Ellinas came closest to toppling Evans, the Cypriot also setting his fastest time in the morning running.
Lotus GP's Daniel Abt ended the day third fastest, just 0.066s down the road from Ellinas. Abt then set the pace in the slower afternoon session, during which he was the only driver to dip below the 1m29s mark.
David Fumanelli and Mattias Laine completed a strong test for Arden, runners-up in the 2011 teams' championship, by finishing fourth and seventh fastest respectively in the morning. Laine then improved his time in the afternoon, in which he ended second fastest behind Abt.
Carlos Sainz Jr.(Lotus GP) was another who improved in the final minutes of the day, the Spaniard getting down to a 1m39.087s.
Trident Racing's Kevin Ceccon also improved in the afternoon, the Italian ending the day eighth fastest overall.
Morning times: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1m38.876s 2. Matias Laine MW Arden 1m39.014s + 0.138s 3. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor 1m39.079s + 0.203s 4. Carlos Sainz Jr. Lotus GP 1m39.087s + 0.211s 5. Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1m39.102s + 0.226s 6. Tom Blomqvist Status Grand Prix 1m39.139s + 0.263s 7. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1m39.214s + 0.338s 8. P.Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1m39.298s + 0.422s 9. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1m39.320s + 0.444s 10. A.F.da Costa Carlin 1m39.330s + 0.454s 11. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1m39.398s + 0.522s 12. M.Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1m39.582s + 0.706s 13. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1m39.747s + 0.871s 14. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1m39.792s + 0.916s 15. Mitchell Evans MW Arden 1m39.849s + 0.973s 16. Alex Brundle Carlin 1m39.898s + 1.022s 17. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor 1m40.107s + 1.231s 18. Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1m40.224s + 1.348s 19. Vittoria Piria Trident Racing 1m40.516s + 1.640s 20. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1m40.541s + 1.665s 21. D.Suranovich Marussia Manor 1m40.731s + 1.855s 22. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing 1m40.951s + 2.075s 23. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1m41.059s + 2.183s 24. William Buller Carlin 1m41.154s + 2.278s 25. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1m42.781s + 3.905s 26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing 1m44.009s + 5.133s Afternoon times: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Mitchell Evans MW Arden 1m38.609s 2. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor 1m38.733s + 0.124s 3. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1m38.799s + 0.190s 4. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1m38.944s + 0.335s 5. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1m39.075s + 0.466s 6. A.F.da Costa Carlin 1m39.105s + 0.496s 7. Matias Laine MW Arden 1m39.199s + 0.590s 8. Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1m39.211s + 0.602s 9. P.Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1m39.231s + 0.622s 10. Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1m39.271s + 0.662s 11. M.Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1m39.340s + 0.731s 12. Carlos Sainz Jr. Lotus GP 1m39.470s + 0.861s 13. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1m39.615s + 1.006s 14. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1m39.649s + 1.040s 15. Tom Blomqvist Status Grand Prix 1m39.826s + 1.217s 16. Alex Brundle Carlin 1m40.083s + 1.474s 17. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1m40.109s + 1.500s 18. William Buller Carlin 1m40.589s + 1.980s 19. D.Suranovich Marussia Manor 1m40.760s + 2.151s 20. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1m41.013s + 2.404s 21. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor 1m41.027s + 2.418s 22. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1m41.137s + 2.528s 23. Vittoria Piria Trident Racing 1m41.434s + 2.825s 24. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing 1m42.162s + 3.553s 25. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1m43.695s + 5.086s 26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing 1m44.012s + 5.403s