ART driver Nirei Fukuzumi leads day one of GP3 test at Estoril

Nirei Fukuzumi topped the first day of the GP3 Series test at Estoril for the ART Grand Prix team

ART driver Nirei Fukuzumi leads day one of GP3 test at Estoril

The 19-year-old Japanese Formula 3 graduate set his best time in the afternoon session, which featured laptimes nearly a second faster than those posted in the morning.

Fukuzumi ended up just 16 thousandths faster than Jake Dennis's Arden machine.

The top four were covered by just nine hundredths of a second, with Alexander Albon and Charles Leclerc making it three ART cars in the top four.

Arden International's Jack Aitken and DAMS driver Jake Hughes rounded out the top six, both lapping around a quarter-of-a-second off the pace.

The morning session was topped by Campos Racing driver Steijn Schothorst, who was only nineteenth in the afternoon, with Dennis and Albon completing the top three.

Fukuzumi was seventh, two seconds off the time he set in the afternoon session.

There were two red flags during the morning session, the first triggered when Tatiana Calderon's Arden car stopped with a technical problem and the second when Konstantin Tereshchenko put his Campos Racing car in the gravel.

Tereshchenko then caused another red flag in the afternoon, this time for technical reasons.

The test will last three days, concluding on Thursday.

TUESDAY MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 1m29.792s - 26
2 Jake Dennis Arden International 1m30.191s 0.399s 17
3 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1m30.417s 0.625s 25
4 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1m30.546s 0.754s 31
5 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1m30.582s 0.790s 25
6 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1m30.590s 0.798s 12
7 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1m30.754s 0.962s 30
8 Jake Hughes DAMS 1m30.765s 0.973s 30
9 Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 1m31.029s 1.237s 18
10 Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing 1m31.202s 1.410s 18
11 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1m31.310s 1.518s 23
12 Jack Aitken Arden International 1m31.390s 1.598s 14
13 Artur Janosz Trident 1m31.626s 1.834s 25
14 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m31.715s 1.923s 21
15 Kevin Jorg DAMS 1m31.764s 1.972s 17
16 Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 1m31.920s 2.128s 28
17 Tatiana Calderon Arden International 1m32.499s 2.707s 12
18 Mahaveer Raghunathan Koiranen GP 1m32.576s 2.784s 9
19 Sandy Stuvik Trident 1m40.830s 11.038s 35
20 Antonio Fuoco Trident 1m46.339s 16.547s 27
21 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 1m49.396s 19.604s 5
- Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP - - 2
- Oscar Tunjo Jenzer Motorsport - - 2

TUESDAY AFTERNOON TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1m28.645s - 39
2 Jake Dennis Arden International 1m28.661s 0.016s 15
3 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1m28.705s 0.060s 36
4 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 1m28.735s 0.090s 36
5 Jack Aitken Arden International 1m28.867s 0.222s 27
6 Jake Hughes DAMS 1m28.905s 0.260s 26
7 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1m28.978s 0.333s 21
8 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1m29.031s 0.386s 29
9 Kevin Jorg DAMS 1m29.133s 0.488s 33
10 Oscar Tunjo Jenzer Motorsport 1m29.150s 0.505s 35
11 Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 1m29.176s 0.531s 25
12 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m29.378s 0.733s 33
13 Artur Janosz Trident 1m29.624s 0.979s 30
14 Tatiana Calderon Arden International 1m29.646s 1.001s 27
15 Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing 1m29.763s 1.118s 29
16 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1m29.777s 1.132s 28
17 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1m30.143s 1.498s 25
18 Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 1m30.266s 1.621s 26
19 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 1m31.060s 2.415s 35
20 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 1m31.548s 2.903s 34
21 Mahaveer Raghunathan Koiranen GP 1m31.694s 3.049s 22
22 Sandy Stuvik Trident 1m38.694s 10.049s 50
23 Antonio Fuoco Trident 1m40.681s 12.036s 37


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