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