Tio Ellinas puts Manor top on day one of GP3 Silverstone test

Tio Ellinas set the pace on the first day of GP3 pre-season testing at Silverstone

Tio Ellinas puts Manor top on day one of GP3 Silverstone test

Cold and blustery conditions produced a slow start to the day, with morning pacesetter Carlos Sainz Jr only completing 10 laps prior to the lunch break.

The afternoon heralded an increase in on-track activity and it was ART's Jack Harvey who first took advantage to go fastest.

He was soon displaced by stablemate Facu Regalia, who appeared on course to finish the day on top until Ellinas displaced him one minute from the day's end.

The Manor driver's best time, a 1m46.211s, was less than four hundredths of a second faster than Regalia's best.

Carlin's Nick Yelloly denied Harvey third spot, with Melville McKee - driving for the new Bamboo GP3 squad - and Trident's David Fumanelli rounding out the top six.

Fumanelli caused one of the afternoon's several red flags when he stopped out on circuit midway through the session. Regalia did likewise, while Luis Sa Silva kissed the barriers at Becketts and Adderley Fong ran wide at Chapel to also cause short disruptions.

Sainz, driving for Arden, had his afternoon times deleted when his car was found to be underweight. His morning best was still fast enough to put him seventh overall.

Morning session:
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Carlos Sainz Jnr MW Arden 1m46.795s 10 2. Tio Ellinas Manor 1m47.389s + 0.594s 10 3. David Fumanelli Trident 1m47.490s + 0.695s 11 4. Alex Fontana Jenzer 1m47.700s + 0.905s 24 5. Nick Cassidy Manor 1m47.850s + 1.055s 13 6. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1m47.904s + 1.109s 13 7. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1m47.942s + 1.147s 14 8. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1m48.047s + 1.252s 14 9. Aaro Vainio Koiranen 1m48.238s + 1.443s 7 10. Kevin Korjus Koiranen 1m48.242s + 1.447s 15 11. Patrick Kujala Koiranen 1m48.370s + 1.575s 13 12. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer 1m48.493s + 1.698s 15 13. Dino Zamparelli Manor 1m48.545s + 1.750s 12 14. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1m48.796s + 2.001s 12 15. Melville McKee Bamboo 1m48.889s + 2.094s 13 16. Josh Webster Status 1m49.025s + 2.230s 15 17. Adderly Fong Status 1m49.484s + 2.689s 15 18. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1m49.546s + 2.751s 13 19. Felipe Guimaraes Bamboo 1m49.633s + 2.838s 12 20. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1m49.644s + 2.849s 16 21. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1m49.725s + 2.930s 15 22. Jimmy Eriksson Status 1m50.566s + 3.771s 12 23. Carmen Jorda Bamboo 1m52.684s + 5.889s 13 24. Samin Gomez Jenzer 1m52.887s + 6.092s 10 25. Conor Daly ART 1 26. Jack Harvey ART 1 27. Facu Regalia ART 1

Afternoon session* Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Tio Ellinas Manor 1m46.211s 29 2. Facu Regalia ART 1m46.247s + 0.036s 31 3. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1m46.540s + 0.329s 37 4. Jack Harvey ART 1m46.664s + 0.453s 23 5. Melville McKee Bamboo 1m46.719s + 0.508s 20 6. David Fumanelli Trident 1m46.774s + 0.563s 24 7. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1m47.027s + 0.816s 32 8. Alex Fontana Jenzer 1m47.050s + 0.839s 28 9. Kevin Korjus Koiranen 1m47.143s + 0.932s 18 10. Conor Daly ART 1m47.177s + 0.966s 33 11. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1m47.345s + 1.134s 32 12. Dino Zamparelli Manor 1m47.391s + 1.180s 30 13. Jimmy Eriksson Status 1m47.402s + 1.191s 29 14. Josh Webster Status 1m47.474s + 1.263s 30 15. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer 1m47.698s + 1.487s 11 16. Felipe Guimaraes Bamboo 1m47.731s + 1.520s 25 17. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1m47.924s + 1.713s 25 18. Adderly Fong Status 1m47.983s + 1.772s 18 19. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1m48.305s + 2.094s 34 20. Patrick Kujala Koiranen 1m48.322s + 2.111s 24 21. Nick Cassidy Manor 1m48.755s + 2.544s 23 22. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1m48.977s + 2.766s 9 23. Aaro Vainio Koiranen 1m49.146s + 2.935s 11 24. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1m50.517s + 4.306s 15 25. Samin Gomez Jenzer 1m50.890s + 4.679s 15 26. Carmen Jorda Bamboo 1m51.457s + 5.246s 21 * Carlos Sainz's times deleted after car found to be underweight 

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