Yu Kanamaru tops first day of Formula 3.5 V8 testing at Jerz

Pons Racing's Yu Kanamaru led the way on the first day of testing for the rebranded Formula 3.5 V8 series at Jerez

Yu Kanamaru tops first day of Formula 3.5 V8 testing at Jerz

The Japanese racer contested the final three rounds of the 2015 series - which marked the end of Renault's involvement - and led the opening day under RPM Racing's management.

Kanamaru set his time of 1m28.067s in the morning, and felt there was more time in the car, after spinning later in the day.

"In the morning I had great driveability and the laptime came in pretty easily," he said.

"We even had enough potential to improve again, but I hit too much of a kerb and spun.

"In the afternoon, we made changes that caused some understeer, and with the new tires we did not perform at our best.

"I think we will revert to the previous settings for tomorrow."

A double race winner in 2015, Egor Orudzhev was quickest in the afternoon for Arden, and just 0.016 seconds shy of Kanamaru's morning best.

Championship runner-up Matthieu Vaxiviere transferred from regular team Lotus to assist the development of newcomer Spirit of Racing.

Amato Ferrari's team has acquired equipment and cars from Draco, which earlier this week announced that it would be disbanded.

Draco staff ran Vaxiviere's machine at the test.

"We worked a lot to prepare for next season," said Vaxiviere, who finished in the top three in both sessions.

"The team is very professional, they work a lot and it is an interesting experience for me.

"It wasn't easy to put in a good lap with the red flags. The car is fast, we must continue to look at everything in detail."

Spirit of Race is one of three new teams to sign-up for next season, and 10 teams in total have confirmed their participation.

Fellow newcomers RP Motorsports and Teo Martin Motorsport didn't appear at Jerez.

The top three in this year's Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup made impressive progress.

Eurocup champion Jack Aitken and FR2.0 NEC winner Louis Deletraz sampled Fortec Motorsports machinery, while Kevin Jorg joined Arden Motorsport.

FR2.0 star Jake Hughes tested for Strakka Racing and frontrunner Matevos Isaakyan partnered Kanamaru at Pons Racing.

Aitken was second fastest in the morning, half-a-second adrift of Kanamaru, but believed his fourth position in the afternoon was unrepresentative.

"The morning went very well because I was the quickest among the rookies," said Aitken.

"I am satisfied with our progression, even though I couldn't show what I can do in the afternoon with all these red flags."

The red flag was shown twice in the opening session following the off-track excursions by GP3 regular Marvin Kirchhofer and Comtec's Jehan Daruvala.

Hughes underlined his ability by offering the closest challenge to Orudzhev in the afternoon. The test concludes on Wednesday.

MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Yu Kanamaru Pons Racing 1m28.067s - 29
2 Jack Aitken Fortec Motorsports 1m28.588s 0.521s 41
3 Matthieu Vaxiviere Spirit of Race 1m28.791s 0.724s 37
4 Jake Hughes Strakka Racing 1m28.909s 0.842s 39
5 Gustav Malja Strakka Racing 1m28.955s 0.888s 26
6 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports 1m29.092s 1.025s 39
7 Matevos Isaakyan Pons Racing 1m29.194s 1.127s 33
8 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m29.419s 1.352s 27
9 Nikita Zlobin Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m29.740s 1.673s 37
10 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m29.817s 1.750s 19
11 Aurelien Panis Tech 1 Racing 1m30.062s 1.995s 28
12 George Russell Tech 1 Racing 1m30.252s 2.185s 45
13 Marvin Kirchhofer AVF 1m30.314s 2.247s 42
14 Richard Gonda Lotus 1m30.684s 2.617s 35
15 Jehan Daruvala Comtec Racing 1m30.784s 2.717s 34
16 Kevin Jorg Arden Motorsport 1m31.159s 3.092s 40
17 Vladimir Atoev Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m31.792s 3.725s 41
18 Mahaveer Raghunathan Comtec Racing 1m35.191s 7.124s 44

AFTERNOON TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m28.083s - 45
2 Jake Hughes Strakka Racing 1m28.226s 0.143s 28
3 Matthieu Vaxiviere Spirit of Race 1m28.300s 0.217s 34
4 Jack Aitken Fortec Motorsports 1m28.438s 0.355s 26
5 Marvin Kirchhofer AVF 1m28.440s 0.357s 27
6 Yu Kanamaru Pons Racing 1m28.668s 0.585s 26
7 Gustav Malja Strakka Racing 1m28.872s 0.789s 30
8 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports 1m28.952s 0.869s 30
9 George Russell Tech 1 Racing 1m29.088s 1.005s 35
10 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m29.561s 1.478s 24
11 Richard Gonda Lotus 1m29.589s 1.506s 21
12 Matevos Isaakyan Pons Racing 1m29.762s 1.679s 15
13 Aurelien Panis Tech 1 Racing 1m29.932s 1.849s 34
14 Jehan Daruvala Comtec Racing 1m29.988s 1.905s 32
15 Nikita Zlobin Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m30.022s 1.939s 24
16 Kevin Jorg Arden Motorsport 1m30.676s 2.593s 35
17 Vladimir Atoev Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m30.933s 2.850s 22
18 Mahaveer Raghunathan Comtec Racing 1m32.787s 4.704s 34
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