F3 racer Charles Leclerc tops first day of GP3 Abu Dhabi test

Formula 3 European championship race winner Charles Leclerc topped the first day of GP3 post-season testing in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday

F3 racer Charles Leclerc tops first day of GP3 Abu Dhabi test

The Monegasque racer, driving for 2015 championship-winning team ART, led the way by more than four tenths of a second from Ferrari junior Antonio Fuoco, driving for Trident.

After having a quiet morning session, Leclerc traded places at the top of the timesheets throughout the afternoon running, responding to laps from Ralph Boschung and Fuoco to retake top spot whenever he was usurped at the head of the field.

Any chance for late flying laps was ruined when Kevin Jorg spun at Turn 3 with just three minutes remaining, bringing out the red flags and ending the session early.

Leclerc's F3 rival Jake Dennis was third fastest in the afternoon session where the leading times for the day were set, while moring pacesetter Matt Parry was fourth overall for the day.

McLaren Autosport BRDC Award nominee Jake Hughes, stepping up from Formula Renault 2.0, set the fifth fastest time of the day with the Koiranen team he raced with in the Renault-backed category.

MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Matt Parry Trident 1m55.800s - 17
2 Jack Aitken Koiranen GP 1m55.958s 0.158s 23
3 Antonio Fuoco Trident 1m55.993s 0.193s 17
4 Jake Dennis Arden International 1m56.121s 0.321s 18
5 Jake Hughes Koiranen GP 1m56.228s 0.428s 18
6 Kevin Jorg Trident 1m56.244s 0.444s 19
7 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 1m56.437s 0.637s 25
8 Ralph Boschung Status Grand Prix 1m56.536s 0.736s 19
9 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 1m56.829s 1.029s 12
10 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 1m57.090s 1.290s 25
11 Nabil Jeffri ART Grand Prix 1m57.275s 1.475s 23
12 Santino Ferrucci Status Grand Prix 1m57.629s 1.829s 19
13 Pedro Cardoso Campos Racing 1m57.793s 1.993s 25
14 Leonardo Pulcini Jenzer Motorsport 1m57.921s 2.121s 18
15 Will Palmer Arden International 1m57.932s 2.132s 21
16 Tatiana Calderon Status Grand Prix 1m58.004s 2.204s 20
17 Antoni Ptak Jenzer Motorsport 1m58.557s 2.757s 18
18 Mahaveer Raghunathan Campos Racing 1m58.792s 2.992s 27
19 Giuliano Alesi Arden International 1m59.175s 3.375s 22
20 Nico Rindlisbacher Jenzer Motorsport 1m59.180s 3.380s 18
21 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 2m16.963s 21.163s 4

AFTERNOON TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 1m55.209s - 28
2 Antonio Fuoco Trident 1m55.657s 0.448s 25
3 Jake Dennis Arden International 1m55.760s 0.551s 29
4 Jake Hughes Koiranen GP 1m55.949s 0.740s 30
5 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 1m55.985s 0.776s 17
6 Kevin Jorg Trident 1m56.047s 0.838s 23
7 Ralph Boschung Status Grand Prix 1m56.065s 0.856s 23
8 Nabil Jeffri ART Grand Prix 1m56.156s 0.947s 28
9 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1m56.292s 1.083s 32
10 Matt Parry Trident 1m56.369s 1.160s 25
11 Jack Aitken Koiranen GP 1m56.450s 1.241s 26
12 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 1m56.621s 1.412s 18
13 Tatiana Calderon Status Grand Prix 1m56.664s 1.455s 25
14 Santino Ferrucci Status Grand Prix 1m56.755s 1.546s 22
15 Will Palmer Arden International 1m56.843s 1.634s 27
16 Leonardo Pulcini Jenzer Motorsport 1m57.136s 1.927s 23
17 Giuliano Alesi Arden International 1m57.250s 2.041s 29
18 Nico Rindlisbacher Jenzer Motorsport 1m57.444s 2.235s 30
19 Pedro Cardoso Campos Racing 1m57.515s 2.306s 29
20 Mahaveer Raghunathan Campos Racing 1m57.705s 2.496s 23
21 Antoni Ptak Jenzer Motorsport 1m57.904s 2.695s 20

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