Abu Dhabi GP3 test: Alessio Lorandi and Niko Kari lead day two

Formula 3 European Championship race winners Alessio Lorandi and Niko Kari topped the two sessions on the second day of the GP3 Series post-season test at Yas Marina

Abu Dhabi GP3 test: Alessio Lorandi and Niko Kari lead day two

Italian Lorandi popped in a lap right at the end of the afternoon that stands as the quickest of the day.

This was Lorandi's second day of testing with Jenzer Motorsport after contesting the last two rounds of the 2016 GP3 season with the Swiss squad.

Finnish racer Kari set the quickest time of the morning session on his second day with Arden International.

Kari has already confirmed that he will remain on the Red Bull Junior programme for 2017 and is almost certain to make the switch to GP3 next season after a one-off appearance at Spa this year.

Second fastest in the morning was Jack Aitken, who continued testing with the ART Grand Prix team and lapped 0.170 seconds slower than Kari's best.

Kari and Aitken were two of only six drivers who did not improve in the afternoon, ending the day fourth and seventh respectively overall.

Like Lorandi, Santino Ferrucci improved right at the end of the day and moved into second place, the American Haas Formula 1 protege having his first test outing with Trident after driving for DAMS this season and during the first day of the test.

Ferrucci finished just 0.080s behind Lorandi's best.

The duo displaced Steijn Schothorst, the Dutchman also occupying a new cockpit with his first run-out for Arden after a season at Campos and a day at DAMS on Wednesday.

Behind Kari, fellow European F3 race winner Anthoine Hubert ended his first day in a GP3 car in fifth place for ART, with Raoul Hyman sixth after switching from DAMS to Koiranen GP for Thursday's running.

BRDC British Formula 3 champion Matheus Leist switched from Arden to Trident for day two of the test, taking eighth position behind Aitken.

MORNING TIMES

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Niko Kari Arden International 1m55.949s - 24
2 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1m56.119s 0.170s 26
3 Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1m56.302s 0.353s 25
4 Matheus Leist Trident 1m56.444s 0.495s 23
5 Arjun Maini ART Grand Prix 1m56.580s 0.631s 16
6 Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1m56.638s 0.689s 31
7 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1m56.655s 0.706s 31
8 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m56.805s 0.856s 26
9 Max Defourny ART Grand Prix 1m56.819s 0.870s 26
10 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 1m56.844s 0.895s 25
11 Marcos Siebert Jenzer Motorsport 1m56.885s 0.936s 22
12 Raoul Hyman Koiranen GP 1m56.904s 0.955s 20
13 Ryan Tveter Trident 1m57.069s 1.120s 30
14 Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1m57.091s 1.142s 30
15 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1m57.207s 1.258s 23
16 Patricio O'Ward Koiranen GP 1m57.260s 1.311s 21
17 Robert Shwartzman Koiranen GP 1m57.303s 1.354s 22
18 Dorian Boccolacci DAMS 1m57.311s 1.362s 29
19 Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1m57.323s 1.374s 19
20 Kevin Jorg Arden International 1m57.499s 1.550s 22
21 Bruno Baptista Jenzer Motorsport 1m58.042s 2.093s 18
22 Tarun Reddy DAMS 1m58.697s 2.748s 27
23 Petru Florescu Campos Racing 1m58.757s 2.808s 29

AFTERNOON TIMES

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1m55.734s - 34
2 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1m55.814s 0.080s 18
3 Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1m55.942s 0.208s 34
4 Niko Kari Arden International 1m55.967s 0.233s 35
5 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1m56.046s 0.312s 33
6 Raoul Hyman Koiranen GP 1m56.065s 0.331s 29
7 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1m56.139s 0.405s 31
8 Matheus Leist Trident 1m56.329s 0.595s 30
9 Arjun Maini ART Grand Prix 1m56.353s 0.619s 38
10 Kevin Jorg Arden International 1m56.491s 0.757s 34
11 Marcos Siebert Jenzer Motorsport 1m56.616s 0.882s 31
12 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 1m56.640s 0.906s 31
13 Robert Shwartzman Koiranen GP 1m56.814s 1.080s 20
14 Dorian Boccolacci DAMS 1m56.874s 1.140s 28
15 Ryan Tveter Trident 1m56.881s 1.147s 26
16 Patricio O'Ward Koiranen GP 1m56.911s 1.177s 19
17 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m56.923s 1.189s 30
18 Bruno Baptista Jenzer Motorsport 1m57.062s 1.328s 31
19 Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1m57.164s 1.430s 18
20 Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1m57.255s 1.521s 31
21 Tarun Reddy DAMS 1m57.470s 1.736s 28
22 Max Defourny ART Grand Prix 1m57.518s 1.784s 32
23 Petru Florescu Campos Racing 1m59.316s 3.582s 9

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