Aragon Formula 3.5 V8 test: Tio Ellinas returns to set Friday pace

Tio Ellinas ended 2015's final day of Formula 3.5 V8 testing quickest for Strakka Racing at Aragon

Aragon Formula 3.5 V8 test: Tio Ellinas returns to set Friday pace

The Cypriot's time of 1m40.686s was recorded in Friday's morning session.

Thursday's pacesetter Tom Dillmann was quickest in the afternoon for AVF, and second fastest on Friday's combined times.

"The morning was pretty good," said Ellinas, who scored victories for Strakka at Silverstone and the Nurburgring in 2015, but did not participate in the opening two days of testing.

"I got the opportunity after a call from the team. I just came to check what's going on with the set-up.

"I knew the other guys would keep going on after two days but this morning I took some time with the used tyres just to keep up.

"At the end, we've done a very good job, good testing with different stuff to set a baseline.

"When we put the new tyres on, the time was there so it's pretty good to show this to everyone."

Both Ellinas and Dillmann featured strongly in this season's Formula Renault 3.5 championship, but behind the old hands, this year's Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup title contender Kevin Jorg continued his impressive adaption to the now-renamed category.

The Swiss finished third fastest in session one, runner-up to Dillmann in the afternoon and comfortably clear of the other rookies.

Dean Stoneman was just a thousandth of a second shy of Jorg's time in fourth for Carlin, while Egor Orudzhev and Alfonso Celis Jr continued with their regular 2015 teams Arden and AVF respectively to complete Friday's top six.

Arden had a new driver in its second car: 2012 German Formula 3 champion and GP3 race winner Jimmy Eriksson, who finished 11th.

"It's quite difficult, as a lot of drivers out today have already done a full season or all three days," said the Swede.

"As I am coming in for the very last day, it's quite tough to just jump in the car and compare myself with all of them.

"It has also been a long time since I last drove on this track, so it's not the best preparation for me but I'm quite happy with how it's going.

"I have been getting comfortable in the car, and doing long stints to see how the Michelin tyres work because it's so different to GP3."

The Formula 3.5 V8 teams will return to action on March 29-30 at Barcelona for the first official tests of the 2016 season.

Championship organiser RPM also unveiled its new logo, which incorporates the company's colours and "stays faithful to the values of the series".

MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Tio Ellinas Strakka Racing 1m40.686s - 42
2 Tom Dillmann AVF 1m40.792s 0.106s 35
3 Kevin Jorg Lotus 1m41.068s 0.382s 23
4 Dean Stoneman Carlin 1m41.069s 0.383s 27
5 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m41.085s 0.399s 38
6 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m41.103s 0.417s 32
7 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports 1m41.178s 0.492s 37
8 Jake Hughes Carlin 1m41.212s 0.526s 26
9 Yu Kanamaru Pons Racing 1m41.472s 0.786s 39
10 Jimmy Eriksson Arden Motorsport 1m41.642s 0.956s 43
11 Callum Ilott Strakka Racing 1m41.649s 0.963s 44
12 Jack Aitken Fortec Motorsports 1m41.716s 1.030s 46
13 Roy Nissany Tech 1 Racing 1m41.732s 1.046s 45
14 Anthoine Hubert Tech 1 Racing 1m41.763s 1.077s 36
15 Tatiana Calderon Pons Racing 1m41.817s 1.131s 28
16 Vladimir Atoev Spirit of Race 1m41.845s 1.159s 28
17 Nikita Zlobin Spirit of Race 1m42.199s 1.513s 23
18 Guillaume Cunnington Lotus 1m47.035s 6.349s 33

AFTERNOON TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Tom Dillmann AVF 1m40.773s - 36
2 Kevin Jorg Lotus 1m41.105s 0.332s 36
3 Jake Hughes Carlin 1m41.232s 0.459s 32
4 Tio Ellinas Strakka Racing 1m41.344s 0.571s 32
5 Dean Stoneman Carlin 1m41.457s 0.684s 29
6 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m41.470s 0.697s 37
7 Callum Ilott Strakka Racing 1m41.617s 0.844s 29
8 Jack Aitken Fortec Motorsports 1m41.756s 0.983s 32
9 Yu Kanamaru Pons Racing 1m41.801s 1.028s 34
10 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m42.010s 1.237s 36
11 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports 1m42.164s 1.391s 44
12 Jimmy Eriksson Arden Motorsport 1m42.221s 1.448s 34
13 Vladimir Atoev Spirit of Race 1m42.375s 1.602s 22
14 Roy Nissany Tech 1 Racing 1m42.441s 1.668s 37
15 Tatiana Calderon Pons Racing 1m42.811s 2.038s 15
16 Nikita Zlobin Spirit of Race 1m43.348s 2.575s 27
17 Guillaume Cunnington Lotus 1m46.687s 5.914s 33

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