Kirchhofer leads Valencia GP3 test

Kirchhofer leads Valencia GP3 test

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Kirchhofer leads Valencia GP3 test

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Marvin Kirchhofer set the pace for ART Grand Prix on day one of this week’s GP3 Series test at Valencia.

The highest-placed championship returnee in the field after finishing third behind Alex Lynn and Dean Stoneman last year, Kirchhofer’s 1m21.098s lap in the afternoon put him two tenths clear of Luca Ghiotto.

Italian Ghiotto is back for a full season with Trident having taken a surprise pole on his GP3 debut at Spa in 2014 during a two-round cameo.

Teenage Spanish rookie Alex Palou (pictured below), a Euroformula Open graduate, showed strongly as he led the morning session and took fourth in the afternoon for Campos Racing’s new GP3 arm.

Kirchhofer’s European Formula 3 champion teammate Esteban Ocon was in the top three in both sessions – second between Palou and Kirchhofer in the opener and then third later on.

Sports car racer Kevin Korjus returned to his former GP3 team Koiranen to stand in for Adderly Fong, whose Lotus Formula 1 team role means he is at the Chinese Grand Prix this week. Korjus completed the afternoon top five.

Campos had all three cars out for the first time, running Samin Gomez alongside the already signed Palou and Zaid Ashkanani.

Gomez, who did a full GP3 season with Jenzer in 2013 before her ’14 season was limited to a handful of Auto GP appearances, trailed the field in both sessions.

It was a low-key day for the Carlin team that took Lynn to last year’s title. Jann Mardenborough’s morning seventh place was its only top-10 appearance.

MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1m 21.269s 28
2 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 1m 21.372s 0.103s 24
3 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 1m 21.848s 0.579s 25
4 Oscar Tunjo Trident 1m 21.916s 0.647s 24
5 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m 21.918s 0.649s 28
6 Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix 1m 22.017s 0.748s 25
7 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 1m 22.158s 0.889s 18
8 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 1m 22.190s 0.921s 26
9 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 1m 22.306s 1.037s 24
10 Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1m 22.361s 1.092s 17
11 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 1m 22.374s 1.105s 24
12 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 1m 22.393s 1.124s 38
13 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1m 22.539s 1.270s 22
14 Antonio Fuoco Carlin 1m 22.553s 1.284s 19
15 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 1m 22.595s 1.326s 19
16 Mitchell Gilbert Carlin 1m 22.645s 1.376s 17
17 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 1m 22.653s 1.384s 37
18 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1m 22.712s 1.443s 32
19 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 1m 22.833s 1.564s 30
20 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1m 22.878s 1.609s 18
21 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 1m 22.880s 1.611s 23
22 Artur Janosz Trident 1m 22.999s 1.730s 23
23 Alex Bosak Arden International 1m 23.351s 2.082s 33
24 Samin Gomez Campos Racing 1m 25.019s 3.750s 26

AFTERNOON TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 1m 21.098s 29
2 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m 21.288s 0.190s 41
3 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 1m 21.309s 0.211s 35
4 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1m 21.319s 0.221s 47
5 Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1m 21.530s 0.432s 34
6 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1m 21.531s 0.433s 34
7 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 1m 21.532s 0.434s 45
8 Oscar Tunjo Trident 1m 21.556s 0.458s 27
9 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1m 21.580s 0.482s 22
10 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1m 21.581s 0.483s 26
11 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 1m 21.604s 0.506s 50
12 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 1m 21.642s 0.544s 39
13 Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix 1m 21.694s 0.596s 44
14 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 1m 21.876s 0.778s 34
15 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 1m 21.896s 0.798s 31
16 Antonio Fuoco Carlin 1m 21.899s 0.801s 39
17 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 1m 21.920s 0.822s 31
18 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 1m 22.121s 1.023s 36
19 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 1m 22.184s 1.086s 37
20 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 1m 22.374s 1.276s 42
21 Artur Janosz Trident 1m 22.433s 1.335s 28
22 Mitchell Gilbert Carlin 1m 22.989s 1.891s 48
23 Alex Bosak Arden International 1m 23.423s 2.325s 33
24 Samin Gomez Campos Racing 1m 23.969s 2.871s 33

 

Originally on Autosport.com

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