Alguersuari tops final Barcelona test

British F3 champion Jaime Alguersuari headed the final Formula Renault 3.5 test session ahead of tomorrow's opening race of the season at Barcelona

Alguersuari tops final Barcelona test

Alguersuari's lap of 1m33.537s, set with just seconds remaining in the hour-long session, demolished the previous best time recorded by Bertrand Baguette by seven tenths of a second.

Third-year driver Baguette was bumped down to third by an outstanding late effort from Tech 1's rookie Brendon Hartley. The Kiwi, Alguersuari's team-mate at Carlin Motorsport in British F3 las season, just completed his flying lap as the chequered flag came out.

The second to fifth place drivers were separated by just hundredths of a second with Turvey fourth behind Baguette and ahead of Adrian Zaugg.

Like Hartley, Zaugg showed no ill effects of having missed the pre-season tests, with his Interwetten team having brought in long time Carlin FR3.5 team manager Harvey Spencer to work on his car.

Charles Pic shaved 0.04s off his morning time but repeated his earlier position of sixth. The Frenchman ended the day one place ahead of the morning pacesetter Miguel Molina, who concentrated on race set-up work.

Expected frontrunner James Walker was hit by gearbox problems and ended the session 11th.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Jaime Alguersuari Carlin 1m33.537s 2. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 1m34.214s +0.677 3. Bertrand Baguette Draco 1m34.221s +0.684 4. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1m34.237s +0.700 5. Adrian Zaugg Interwetten 1m34.268s +0.731 6. Charles Pic Tech 1 1m34.454s +0.917 7. Miguel Molina Ultimate 1m34.568s +1.031 8. Chris van der Drift Epsilon 1m34.612s +1.075 9. Federico Leo Pons 1m34.825s +1.288 10. Marco Barba Draco 1m35.062s +1.525 11. James Walker P1 1m35.366s +1.829 12. Mihai Marinescu Interwetten 1m35.416s +1.879 13. Anton Nebylitskiy Comtec 1m35.439s +1.902 14. Adrian Valles Epsilon 1m35.444s +1.907 15. Julian Leal Prema 1m35.613s +2.076 16. Daniil Move P1 1m35.627s +2.090 17. Haralds Schlegelmilch Comtec 1m35.718s +2.181 18. Fairuz Fauzy Fortec  1m35.854s +2.317 19. Sten Pentus Fortec 1m36.146s +2.609 20. Greg Mansell Ultimate 1m36.148s +2.611 21. Frankie Provenzano Prema 1m36.195s +2.658 22. Pasquale di Sabatino RC 1m36.642s +3.105 23. Marcos Martinez Pons 1m36.848s +3.311 
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