Jerez Formula Renault 3.5 test: Tio Ellinas fastest for Strakka

Strakka Racing's Formula Renault 3.5 rookie Tio Ellinas topped his second successive day of testing at Jerez on Friday

Jerez Formula Renault 3.5 test: Tio Ellinas fastest for Strakka

The Cypriot recorded a quickest lap of 1m28.260s during the morning session, while Frenchman Matthieu Vaxiviere headed the timing screens in the afternoon thanks to a lap of 1m28.759s.

The second day of FR3.5 testing was officially set aside for teams to run and hone the series' low-downforce set-up. It will be mandatory this season during Saturday qualifying and the opening race of a weekend.

Egor Orudzhev was the first to suffer a spin and bring out the red flags. Other stoppages in the morning were required to recover the cars of Beitske Visser, who stranded her AVF machine in the Jerez gravel, and Dutch compatriot Meindert van Buuren.

Mid-way through the morning session, Ellinas had already set his benchmark time and led Vaxiviere, Visser and Jazeman Jaafar.

A late change in the order came when single-seater veteran Tom Dillmann moved up into third spot, his time of 1m28.680s edging out Visser by 0.038 seconds.

Several likely championship contenders had relatively subdued mornings. Oliver Rowland was 12th, Dean Stoneman 19th and Roberto Merhi, quickest on Thursday morning, 20th.

As a consequence of his heavy shunt on Thursday, Stoneman's DAMS mechanics worked through the night, until 6.30am, to ready the Briton's car for action.

Racing Steps-backed Rowland immediately featured at the sharp end following the lunchbreak. An hour into the afternoon session, Rowland was the only driver to lap under the 1m30s mark, ahead of Fortec team-mate Jaafar, Vaxiviere and Dillmann.

Vaxiviere also dipped into the 1m29s with half-an-hour of testing left to run. The 2011 French Formula 4 champion's time of 1m29.701s shaded Rowland's 1m29.901s.

Jaafar fleetingly jumped ahead of both men, before Charouz Lotus driver Vaxiviere offered his final, successful, response.

Rowland ended the afternoon in second, ahead of championship returnee team Carlin's pairing of Sean Gelael and Dillmann.

Among the culprits to inadvertently cause red flags in the afternoon were Pons Racing's Philo Paz Patrick Armand, Formula 3 graduate Nicolas Latifi and GP2 race winner Johnny Cecotto Jr.

Patrick Armand, who competed in Formula Renault 2.0 last year, ended the afternoon a respectable ninth.

MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Tio Ellinas Strakka Racing 1m28.260s - 37
2 Matthieu Vaxiviere Lotus 1m28.520s 0.260s 19
3 Tom Dillmann Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m28.680s 0.420s 33
4 Beitske Visser AVF 1m28.718s 0.458s 31
5 Jazeman Jaafar Fortec Motorsports 1m28.957s 0.697s 32
6 Gustav Malja Strakka Racing 1m29.102s 0.842s 39
7 Pietro Fantin International Draco Racing 1m29.216s 0.956s 41
8 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Zeta Corse 1m29.601s 1.341s 37
9 Meindert van Buuren Lotus 1m29.893s 1.633s 25
10 Nyck de Vries DAMS 1m29.921s 1.661s 43
11 Facu Regalia Zeta Corse 1m30.107s 1.847s 38
12 Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsports 1m30.260s 2.000s 29
13 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m30.325s 2.065s 36
14 Nicholas Latifi Arden Motorsport 1m30.375s 2.115s 16
15 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m30.378s 2.118s 33
16 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m30.456s 2.196s 40
17 Bruno Bonifacio International Draco Racing 1m30.730s 2.470s 31
18 Philo Paz Armand Pons Racing 1m31.140s 2.880s 36
19 Dean Stoneman DAMS 1m31.230s 2.970s 22
20 Roberto Merhi Pons Racing 1m31.519s 3.259s 31
21 Aurelien Panis Tech 1 Racing 1m32.058s 3.798s 44
22 Roy Nissany Tech 1 Racing 1m36.620s 8.360s 8

AFTERNOON TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Matthieu Vaxiviere Lotus 1m28.759s - 40
2 Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsports 1m29.178s 0.419s 34
3 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m29.292s 0.533s 27
4 Tom Dillmann Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m29.322s 0.563s 39
5 Jazeman Jaafar Fortec Motorsports 1m29.328s 0.569s 35
6 Nyck de Vries DAMS 1m29.583s 0.824s 32
7 Meindert van Buuren Lotus 1m29.943s 1.184s 34
8 Bruno Bonifacio International Draco Racing 1m29.948s 1.189s 32
9 Philo Paz Armand Pons Racing 1m30.061s 1.302s 25
10 Pietro Fantin International Draco Racing 1m30.070s 1.311s 20
11 Nicholas Latifi Arden Motorsport 1m30.330s 1.571s 17
12 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m30.342s 1.583s 42
13 Beitske Visser AVF 1m30.376s 1.617s 41
14 Roberto Merhi Pons Racing 1m30.461s 1.702s 34
15 Roy Nissany Tech 1 Racing 1m30.562s 1.803s 32
16 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Zeta Corse 1m30.705s 1.946s 25
17 Facu Regalia Zeta Corse 1m30.840s 2.081s 30
18 Dean Stoneman DAMS 1m31.145s 2.386s 21
19 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m31.597s 2.838s 31
20 Tio Ellinas Strakka Racing 1m31.643s 2.884s 7
21 Aurelien Panis Tech 1 Racing 1m31.691s 2.932s 17
22 Gustav Malja Strakka Racing 1m31.853s 3.094s 42


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