Rowland quickest on GP3 test day two

Rowland quickest on GP3 test day two

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Rowland quickest on GP3 test day two

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Oliver Rowland set the pace on the second day of GP3’s post-season test at Yas Marina. The 21-year-old, who finished runner-up in this year’s Formula Renault 2.0 Euro series, topped both the morning and afternoon sessions for the Manor squad.

As was the case on day one, it was the latter session that proved the faster, with Rowland improving by almost half a second to go fastest with a 1m55.600s. That left him just over 37 hundredths of a second clear of ART’s Patric Niederhauser, who combined a full season in GP3 — scoring two podiums — with LMP2 commitments both at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the ELMS.

Day one pacesetter Dean Stoneman, who took a podium finish on his series debut at the track on the weekend, was third fastest for Koiranen GP.

Arden pair Robert Visoiu, who won twice in GP3 this year, and Marvin Kirchhofer — this year’s German F3 champion — were next up, both getting to within a quarter of a second of Rowland’s benchmark. Roman de Beer, testing for Trident, meanwhile shaded Lotus F1 Junior Team member Alex Fontana in the fight for sixth, with just 0.03sec to choose between the pair in the afternoon.

Jimmy Eriksson was eighth fastest as Russian Time took part in its second full day of testing ahead of an inaugural GP3 campaign next year, while Carlin’s Jann Mardenborough and Arden’s Edward Jones rounded out the top 10.

Kirchhofer caused one of three red flags when he stopped out on track with an hour of the day remaining.

Russian Time’s Ivan Taranov brought about the first stoppage when he made light contact with the Turn 8 barriers early on, while Kuba Dalewski’s spin caused the other interruption.

Morning timesPos Driver                    Team              Time       Gap      Laps 1. Oliver Rowland            Manor             1m56.020s           23 2. Patric Niederhauser       ART               1m56.270s  +0.250s  24 3. Robert Visoiu             MW Arden          1m56.285s  +0.265s  22 4. Dean Stoneman             Koiranen GP       1m56.299s  +0.279s  20 5. Emil Bernstorff           Carlin            1m56.312s  +0.292s  23 6. Roman de Beer             Trident           1m56.365s  +0.345s  24 7. Marvin Kirchhofer         MW Arden          1m56.383s  +0.363s  16 8. Alex Fontana              ART               1m56.610s  +0.590s  22 9. Edward Jones              MW Arden          1m56.670s  +0.650s  1710. Jimmy Eriksson            Russian Time      1m56.727s  +0.707s  2311. Emanuele Zonzini          ART               1m56.858s  +0.838s  2512. David Fumanelli           Jenzer            1m56.928s  +0.908s  2213. Jan Mardenborough         Carlin            1m57.015s  +0.995s  2414. Nick Cassidy              Status            1m57.372s  +1.352s  1915. Santiago Urrutia          Koiranen GP       1m57.451s  +1.431s  2316. Kevin Joerg               Jenzer            1m57.497s  +1.477s  2217. Luis Sa Silva             Carlin            1m57.503s  +1.483s  2318. Jack Hawksworth           Status            1m57.760s  +1.740s  2919. Robert Cregan             Trident           1m57.908s  +1.888s  3220. Markus Pommer             Russian Time      1m57.948s  +1.928s  2921. Kuba Dalewski             Trident           1m57.965s  +1.945s  2322. Dino Zamparelli           Manor             1m58.023s  +2.003s  1223. Ryan Cullen               Manor             1m58.220s  +2.200s  1524. Ivan Taranov              Russian Time      1m58.377s  +2.357s  2125. Nicholas Latifi           Status            1m58.399s  +2.379s  2426. Carmen Jorda              Koiranen GP       1m58.742s  +2.722s  19Afternoon timesPos Driver                    Team              Time       Gap      Laps 1. Oliver Rowland            Manor             1m55.600s           31 2. Patric Niederhauser       ART               1m55.637s  +0.037s  27 3. Dean Stoneman             Koiranen GP       1m55.711s  +0.111s  27 4. Robert Visoiu             MW Arden          1m55.770s  +0.170s  28 5. Marvin Kirchhofer         MW Arden          1m55.816s  +0.216s  22 6. Roman de Beer             Trident           1m55.866s  +0.266s  19 7. Alex Fontana              ART               1m55.896s  +0.296s  25 8. Jimmy Eriksson            Russian Time      1m56.114s  +0.514s  36 9. Jan Mardenborough         Carlin            1m56.145s  +0.545s  3010. Edward Jones              MW Arden          1m56.227s  +0.627s  2611. Emil Bernstorff           Carlin            1m56.231s  +0.631s  3112. David Fumanelli           Jenzer            1m56.285s  +0.685s  1713. Kevin Joerg               Jenzer            1m56.430s  +0.830s  3014. Robert Cregan             Trident           1m56.522s  +0.922s  2315. Jack Hawksworth           Status            1m56.627s  +1.027s  2016. Nick Cassidy              Status            1m56.686s  +1.086s  1617. Markus Pommer             Russian Time      1m56.764s  +1.164s  2718. Emanuele Zonzini          ART               1m56.766s  +1.166s  2219. Dino Zamparelli           Manor             1m56.864s  +1.264s  3220. Santiago Urrutia          Koiranen GP       1m56.881s  +1.281s  2221. Nicholas Latifi           Status            1m57.079s  +1.479s  2622. Luis Sa Silva             Carlin            1m57.216s  +1.616s  2723. Gustavo Menezes           Jenzer            1m57.444s  +1.844s  3224. Kuba Dalewski             Trident           1m57.596s  +1.996s  2225. Ryan Cullen               Manor             1m57.789s  +2.189s  2626. Ivan Taranov              Russian Time      1m58.004s  +2.404s  3027. Carmen Jorda              Koiranen GP       2m00.080s  +4.480s  12

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