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Fukuzumi leads first day in Barcelona

Fukuzumi leads first day in Barcelona

19 APR 2017

Japanese driver tops the afternoon session for day 1 honours

Nirei Fukuzumi has grabbed the top of the timesheets for the first day of the second GP3 Series pre-season test of 2017, leading the way this afternoon in a warm and dry session at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona with an early laptime of 1:33.685, four tenths faster than ART teammate Anthoine Hubert and Arjun Maini, who claimed the honours in the morning’s wet/dry session.

The morning session was unexpectedly cold and wet, with no meaningful running for the first half of the session. It was only around the second hour that drivers were switching to slicks and setting competitive times: with Fukuzumi led the way, swapping the top spot with Niko Kari and Santino Ferrucci before reclaiming P1 until just with ten minutes to go Maini grabbed the top spot by half a second, and then went even quicker with 5 minutes remaining to top the session on 1:34.163, ahead of Kari and Ferrucci.

The sun returned over the lunch break to give the field markedly better conditions to run, but the session was marred by a number of red flag periods: at 30 minutes Kari stopped with a mechanical gremlin at turn 4, on the hour Leonardo Pulcini pulled up at turn 6, twenty minutes later Dorian Boccolacci stopped at turn 10, and finally with fifty minutes remaining George Russell ground to a halt at turn 12. Pulcini and Boccolacci were found to be underweight on their return to the pits, and as such their times for the session were deleted.

Between the stoppages the ART quartet were battling for the top spot, with Russell setting the first competitive time before Fukuzumi grabbed it at around the one hour mark, and despite many challengers the Japanese driver held on from Hubert, with Maini pipping Russell for P3 in the final few minutes of the session.

Battle recommences tomorrow for the final day of the Barcelona test, with two sessions running from 09:00 local time until 12:00 and from 13:00 until closing at 16:00.

Day 1 Morning results


Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1

Arjun Maini

Jenzer Motorsport

1:34.163

24

2

Niko Kari

Arden International

1:34.522

23

3

Santino Ferrucci

DAMS

1:34.651

16

4

Nirei Fukuzumi

ART Grand Prix

1:34.761

45

5

Leonardo Pulcini

Arden International

1:34.828

19

6

Raoul Hyman

Campos Racing

1:34.877

18

7

Dorian Boccolacci

Trident

1:34.929

12

8

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:35.146

13

9

Alessio Lorandi

Jenzer Motorsport

1:35.173

16

10

Marcos Siebert

Campos Racing

1:35.249

19

11

Kevin Joerg

Trident

1:35.261

14

12

Steijn Schothorst

Arden International

1:35.330

19

13

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:35.379

45

14

Julien Falchero

Campos Racing

1:35.407

25

15

Tatiana Calderon

DAMS

1:35.415

17

16

Bruno Baptista

DAMS

1:35.639

17

17

Jack Aitken

ART Grand Prix

1:35.748

41

18

George Russell

ART Grand Prix

1:36.094

40

19

Ryan Tveter  

Trident

1:36.545

12

Day 1 Afternoon results

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Nirei Fukuzumi

ART Grand Prix

1:33.685

47

2.

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:34.120

40

3.

Arjun Maini

Jenzer Motorsport

1:34.460

44

4.

George Russell

ART Grand Prix

1:34.556

37

5.

Alessio Lorandi

Jenzer Motorsport

1:34.647

41

6.

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:34.670

38

7.

Kevin Joerg

Trident

1:34.791

41

8.

Jack Aitken

ART Grand Prix

1:34.793

39

9.

Marcos Siebert

Campos Racing

1:34.825

43

10.

Santino Ferrucci

DAMS

1:35.012

43

11.

Bruno Baptista

DAMS

1:35.062

43

12.

Tatiana Calderon

DAMS

1:35.417

40

13.

Niko Kari

Arden International

1:35.448

38

14.

Ryan Tveter  

Trident

1:35.475

37

15.

Raoul Hyman

Campos Racing

1:35.524

44

16.

Steijn Schothorst

Arden International

1:35.884

45

17.

Julien Falchero

Campos Racing

1:38.167

35


Not classified:

 

 

 

 

Dorian Boccolacci

Trident

 

 

 

Leonardo Pulcini

Arden International