Trummer fastest in GP3 testing

Simon Trummer continued MW Arden's impressive run in GP3 winter testing this week by setting the fastest time of the day at Jerez

Trummer fastest in GP3 testing

Trummer comfortably topped this morning's session with a 1m34.496s benchmark, nearly two tenths quicker than Mucke's Nigel Melker. Trummer's stellar performance follows Antonio Felix da Costa's clean sweep for the same team at Jerez yesterday. The Portugese driver was back today driving for Tech 1 Racing, alongside fellow Formula 3 Euro Series driver, Alexander Sims.

Jenzer Motorsport driver Nico Muller then ended MW Arden's run by topping the timesheets in the afternoon. Muller - who scored two victories this year on his way to third in the championship - lapped the Spanish circuit in 1m35.858s to knock MW Arden's Michael Christensen - who drove for ART yesterday - off the top spot by just over a tenth of a second as the session drew to a close. This ended a good day for the 18-year-old, who posted the third-fastest time this morning.

With moral support on hand from his two-time World Rally Championship winning father, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a low-key GP3 testing debut with the Addax Team. He finished a solid 13th in his first ever session this morning, but was unable to better his 1m35.529 fastest lap, and was nearly two seconds slower in the afternoon.

Spa race winner Adrien Tambay returned to action with Manor Racing, whilst Hockenheim polesitter Josef Newgarden continued his development work with Carlin.

Session one: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Simon Trummer MW Arden 1m34.496s 2. Nigel Melker Mucke 1m34.646s + 0.150s 3. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m34.853s + 0.357s 4. Michael Christensen MW Arden 1m35.082s + 0.586s 5. James Calado ART 1m35.280s + 0.784s 6. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 1m35.303s + 0.807s 7. Nick Yelloly Atech CRS 1m35.349s + 0.853s 8. Alexander Sims Tech 1 1m35.358s + 0.862s 9. Adrien Tambay Manor 1m35.362s + 0.866s 10. Zoel Amberg Jenzer 1m35.406s + 0.910s 11. Matias Laine ART 1m35.413s + 0.917s 12. Willi Steindl Mucke 1m35.425s + 0.929s 13. Carlos Sainz Jr Addax 1m35.529s + 1.033s 14. Thomas Hylkema Manor 1m35.628s + 1.132s 15. Callum Macleod Carlin 1m35.656s + 1.160s 16. Pedro Nunes ART 1m35.708s + 1.212s 17. Conor Daly Status 1m35.728s + 1.232s 18. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m35.729s + 1.233s 19. Roberto Merhi Atech CRS 1m35.733s + 1.237s 20. Marlon Stockinger Jenzer 1m35.741s + 1.245s 21. Arthur Pic MW Arden 1m35.790s + 1.294s 22. Antonio Felix da Costa Tech 1 1m35.795s + 1.299s 23. Carlos Munoz Mucke 1m35.806s + 1.310s 24. Facu Regalia Addax 1m35.836s + 1.340s 25. Vittorio Ghirelli Addax 1m35.963s + 1.467s 26. Leonardo Cordeiro Status 1m36.087s + 1.591s 27. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS 1m36.164s + 1.668s 28. Oli Webb Status 1m36.257s + 1.761s 29. Juan Carlos Sistos Carlin 1m36.356s + 1.860s 30. Josef Newgarden Carlin 1m36.429s + 1.933s Session two: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m35.858s 2. Michael Christensen MW Arden 1m36.051s + 0.193s 3. Nigel Melker Mucke 1m36.293s + 0.435s 4. Simon Trummer MW Arden 1m36.462s + 0.604s 5. Alexander Sims Tech 1 1m36.465s + 0.607s 6. Arthur Pic MW Arden 1m36.529s + 0.671s 7. Marlon Stockinger Jenzer 1m36.547s + 0.689s 8. James Calado ART 1m36.639s + 0.781s 9. Willi Steindl Mucke 1m36.751s + 0.893s 10. Callum Macleod Carlin 1m36.753s + 0.895s 11. Roberto Merhi Atech CRS 1m36.754s + 0.896s 12. Matias Laine ART 1m36.859s + 1.001s 13. Josef Newgarden Carlin 1m36.861s + 1.003s 14. Facu Regalia Addax 1m36.881s + 1.023s 15. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m36.919s + 1.061s 16. Adrien Tambay Manor 1m36.936s + 1.078s 17. Antonio Felix da Costa Tech 1 1m36.955s + 1.097s 18. Nick Yelloly Atech CRS 1m36.965s + 1.107s 19. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS 1m36.995s + 1.137s 20. Zoel Amberg Jenzer 1m37.050s + 1.192s 21. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 1m37.082s + 1.224s 22. Pedro Nunes ART 1m37.098s + 1.240s 23. Conor Daly Status 1m37.175s + 1.317s 24. Oli Webb Status 1m37.181s + 1.323s 25. Thomas Hylkema Manor 1m37.321s + 1.463s 26. Carlos Sainz Jr Addax 1m37.654s + 1.796s 27. Vittorio Ghirelli Addax 1m37.782s + 1.924s 28. Juan Carlos Sistos Carlin 1m37.816s + 1.958s 29. Leonardo Cordeiro Status 1m37.905s + 2.047s 30. Carlos Munoz Mucke 1m38.136s + 2.278s 
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