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Evans edges Laine on first day of GP3 pre-season testing at Silverstone

Mitch EvansMitch Evans narrowly edged out Mattias Laine to finish fastest on the first day of GP3 pre-season testing at Silverstone.

In a morning dominated by heavy clouds and cool temperatures, Evans left it until the final 20 minutes of the session to post a 1m50.276s, enough to put him more than half a second clear of the field.

Second went to Carlin's Antonio Felix da Costa, who had ended GP3's previous test at Barcelona on top.

Manor's Tio Ellinas and Carlin's William Buller were the last two drivers to dip below the 1m51s mark.

Only three drivers managed the feat in the afternoon, with Evans again in the mix.

He could not match team-mate's Laine's 1m50.292s however, which was the second fastest time of the day and ensured Arden occupied the top two slots at the day's close.

Conor Daly (Lotus) posted a 1m50.085s to finish third fastest in the afternoon, with the session being brought to an effective close an hour from the finish when the expected rain finally fell.

British youngster Alice Powell, making her maiden GP3 appearance with Status, finished 22nd and 20th in the respective sessions, and also brought out the day's first red flag when she spun early on at Turn 13.

Ethan Ringel (Atech) brought out the second when he crashed just two laps into the afternoon running.

Morning session:

Pos  Driver                  Team       Time       Gap
 1.  Mitch Evans             MW Arden   1m50.276s
 2.  Antonio Felix Da Costa  Carlin     1m50.854s  + 0.578s
 3.  Tio Ellinas             Manor      1m50.942s  + 0.666s
 4.  William Buller          Carlin     1m50.951s  + 0.675s
 5.  Marlon Stockinger       Status     1m51.097s  + 0.821s
 6.  Alex Brundle            Carlin     1m51.119s  + 0.843s
 7.  Robert Visoiu           Jenzer     1m51.554s  + 1.278s
 8.  Aaro Vainio             Lotus      1m51.656s  + 1.380s
 9.  Matias Laine            MW Arden   1m51.672s  + 1.396s
10.  Kevin Ceccon            Ocean      1m51.970s  + 1.694s
11.  Patric Niederhauser     Jenzer     1m52.009s  + 1.733s
12.  Daniel Abt              Lotus      1m52.030s  + 1.754s
13.  Conor Daly              Lotus      1m52.099s  + 1.823s
14.  David Fumanelli         MW Arden   1m52.102s  + 1.826s
15.  Kotaro Sakurai          Status     1m52.979s  + 2.703s
16.  Fabiano Machado         Manor      1m53.422s  + 3.146s
17.  Dmitry Suranovich       Manor      1m53.478s  + 3.202s
18.  Antonio Spavone         Trident    1m53.516s  + 3.240s
19.  Tamas Pal Kiss          Atech      1m53.838s  + 3.562s
20.  Vicky Piria             Trident    1m54.267s  + 3.991s
21.  Ethan Ringel            Atech      1m54.386s  + 4.110s
22.  Alice Powell            Status     1m54.498s  + 4.222s
23.  Robert Cregan           Ocean      1m54.811s  + 4.535s
24.  John Wartique           Atech      1m55.317s  + 5.041s
25.  Carmen Jorda            Ocean      1m57.389s  + 7.113s

Afternoon session:

Pos  Driver                  Team       Time       Gap
 1.  Matias Laine            MW Arden   1m50.292s 
 2.  Mitch Evans             MW Arden   1m50.647s  + 0.355s
 3.  Conor Daly              Lotus      1m50.985s  + 0.693s
 4.  William Buller          Carlin     1m51.445s  + 1.153s
 5.  Aaro Vainio             Lotus      1m51.509s  + 1.217s
 6.  Tio Ellinas             Manor      1m51.567s  + 1.275s
 7.  Robert Visoiu           Jenzer     1m51.650s  + 1.358s
 8.  Daniel Abt              Lotus      1m51.660s  + 1.368s
 9.  Alex Brundle            Carlin     1m51.675s  + 1.383s
10.  Patric Niederhauser     Jenzer     1m51.797s  + 1.505s
11.  Kevin Ceccon            Ocean      1m51.893s  + 1.601s
12.  Antonio Felix Da Costa  Carlin     1m51.906s  + 1.614s
13.  David Fumanelli         MW Arden   1m51.918s  + 1.626s
14.  Marlon Stockinger       Status     1m52.043s  + 1.751s
15.  Fabiano Machado         Manor      1m52.187s  + 1.895s
16.  Tamas Pal Kiss          Atech      1m52.343s  + 2.051s
17.  Antonio Spavone         Trident    1m52.707s  + 2.415s
18.  Dmitry Suranovich       Manor      1m52.864s  + 2.572s
19.  Robert Cregan           Ocean      1m53.213s  + 2.921s
20.  Alice Powell            Status     1m53.263s  + 2.971s
21.  Kotaro Sakurai          Status     1m53.511s  + 3.219s
22.  Vicky Piria             Trident    1m54.280s  + 3.988s
23.  John Wartique           Atech      1m54.689s  + 4.397s
24.  Carmen Jorda            Ocean      1m55.669s  + 5.377s
25.  Ethan Ringel            Atech      2m05.819s + 15.527s

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