FR3.5 testing: Nicholas Latifi ends final day on top at Aragon

Nicholas Latifi topped the final day of post-season Formula Renault 3.5 testing at Aragon on Wednesday

FR3.5 testing: Nicholas Latifi ends final day on top at Aragon

The Canadian, who took his maiden podium in the series last month at Jerez, set his best time just before the lunch break at the Spanish circuit.

Latifi's best time knocked Oliver Rowland back to second place in the morning session, and despite the Briton - a two-time winner in 2014 - improving his time in the final minutes of the day to top the afternoon running, it was not enough to take top spot overall.

Jazeman Jaafar, driving for DAMS on the final day, was knocked back to second in the afternoon session by Rowland's time, giving him third overall.

Latifi's best lap also gave him the fastest time of the three-day test, as he edged out Matthieu Vaxiviere's best effort from day two.

"I've really enjoyed these three days," said Latifi, who was in action for Arden on day three.

"In the end I'm pleased to get the fastest time of the three days. After setting the second best time at Jerez, I'd like to keep it this way."

Rowland felt that he was capable of a much quicker time but he felt he made too many mistakes while his tyres were at their best earlier in the day.

Lotus drivers Vaxiviere and Andrea Pizzitola were the only other cars within half a second of Latifi's benchmark, while regular testing frontrunner Pietro Fantin completed the top six.

McLaren junior Nyck de Vries, one of the few drivers confirmed already for 2015, was 13th fastest for DAMS, and he held the same position on the combined times for all three days of the test, which featured 33 drivers in total.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Nicholas Latifi Arden 1m40.479s 2. Oliver Rowland Fortec 1m40.764s +0.285s 3. Jazeman Jaafar DAMS 1m40.820s +0.341s 4. Matthieu Vaxiviere Lotus 1m40.943s +0.464s 5. Andrea Pizzitola Lotus 1m40.963s +0.484s 6. Pietro Fantin Draco 1m41.016s +0.537s 7. Lucas Auer Arden 1m41.069s +0.590s 8. Egor Orudzhev Fortec 1m41.085s +0.606s 9. Beitske Visser AVF 1m41.140s +0.661s 10. Dennis Olsen Strakka 1m41.248s +0.769s 11. Bruno Bonifacio Draco 1m41.350s +0.871s 12. Gustav Malja Zeta Corse 1m41.394s +0.915s 13. Nyck De Vries DAMS 1m41.402s +0.923s 14. Luca Ghiotto Strakka 1m41.556s +1.077s 15. Oscar Tunjo Pons 1m41.702s +1.223s 16. Vasily Romanov Zeta Corse 1m41.837s +1.358s 17. Meindert Van Buuren Comtec 1m41.922s +1.443s 18. Nelson Mason Pons 1m42.078s +1.599s 19. Alex Bosak AVF 1m42.190s +1.711s 20. Marvin Kirchhöfer Comtec 1m42.298s +1.819s 


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