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Ricciardo ends Barcelona test on top

Daniel Ricciardo celebrated signing for Tech 1 late last week by topping the final day of Formula Renault 3.5 testing at Barcelona

The 20-year-old Australian recorded the best time of the two days in 1m33.574s during the morning session at the Spanish circuit - fresh tyres helping him to improve his time by half a second on what he had managed on worn rubber.

He was on a flyer late in the afternoon session as well, but spins for Carlin's Sergey Afanasiev and Prema's Sten Pentus brought out the red flags and forced an early end to the day's proceedings.

"I think we could have improved at the end of the session, but the red flag caught us all out," said the reigning British Formula 3 champion.

Formula Renault Eurocup champion Albert Costa was second quickest for Epsilon Euskadi, albeit six tenths of a second adrift of Ricciardo, while afternoon pace-setter Daniel Zampieri was third for Comtec.

The impressive Nathanael Berthon and Britain's James Walker were next up for SG and P1.

Day one pace-setter Jean-Eric Vergne was a comfortable sixth in the second SG car while Formula Master graduate Alessandro Kouzkin put an Interwetten car higher than it has been in any of the post-season tests in seventh.

Pos Driver                  Team               Time       Laps
 1. Daniel Ricciardo        Tech 1             1m33.574s    74
 2. Albert Costa            Epsilon Euskadi    1m34.157s    61
 3. Daniel Zampieri         Comtec             1m34.340s    45
 4. Nathanael Berthon       SG                 1m34.355s    56
 5. James Walker            P1                 1m34.690s    72
 6. Jean-Eric Vergne        SG                 1m34.727s    53
 7. Greg Mansell            Mofaz              1m34.846s    92
 8. Alessandro Kouzkin      Interwetten        1m34.886s    80
 9. Nelson Panciatici       Pons               1m34.906s    67
10. Walter Grubmuller       P1                 1m34.965s    56
11. Filip Salaquarda        RC                 1m35.019s    59
12. Keisuke Kunimoto        Epsilon Euskadi    1m35.026s    79
13. Brendon Hartley         Tech 1             1m35.031s    56
14. Anton Nebilitskiy       RC                 1m35.520s    80
15. Julian Leal             Prema              1m35.579s    63
16. Victor Garcia           Draco              1m35.631s    73
17. Federico Leo            Mofaz              1m35.728s    91
18. Pierre Combot           Comtec             1m35.867s    76
19. Sergey Afanasiev        Carlin             1m35.910s    33
20. Francesco Castellacci   Draco              1m35.924s    78
21. Michele Faccin          Pons               1m35.949s    73
22. Sten Pentus             Prema              1m36.810s    62
23. Marguerite Laffite      Interwetten        1m42.063s    65
24. Jake Rosenzweig         Carlin             No time

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