Pulcini leads second day of GP3 testing

Pulcini leads second day of GP3 testing

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Pulcini leads second day of GP3 testing

Leonardo Pulcini topped the second day of the GP3 Series pre-season test at Jerez, Spain, ending the session with a 1m30.255s to set the fastest time overall ahead of Trident driver Pedro Piquet and ART Grand Prix’s Jake Hughes.

Overnight rain had once again created difficult conditions to open the day at the circuit, culminating in plenty of wet tire running in the morning. Piquet left the pitlane first, followed swiftly by MP Motorsport’s Niko Kari, before the entire field filtered out to get acquainted with the damp track.

Simo Laaksonen (Campos Racing) set the early pace in the opening hour, which stood firmly at the top of the timing boards as the track initially took some time to dry out. A red flag was called before the end of the first hour, as Hughes stopped at Turn 5 to bring a short interlude into the morning’s action.

ART got the session back underway with Callum Ilott, Anthoine Hubert and Nikita Mazepin all going out first, but Laaksonen’s time remained untouched well into the second hour as most teams elected to run race simulations. Juan Manuel Correa (Jenzer Motorsport) was the first driver to try slick tires, but was unable to overhaul the Finnish driver’s lap despite setting a number of personal best times. Jenzer’s David Beckmann usurped Laaksonen inside the final hour having stuck with wet tires.

With 30 minutes to go, Kari and teammate Dorian Boccolacci enjoyed a clear track with slick tires, and took advantage immediately to occupy the top of the timesheets – clearing Beckmann’s best wet time by four seconds. The pair set about raising the bar ahead of a late flurry of activity, in which Ilott, Hubert, Beckmann and Boccolacci all spent short spells leading the timing boards.

The session ended with Ilott on top, pipping Hubert to first place as Mazepin completed an all-ART top three. Leonardo Pulcini (Campos) was fourth ahead of Boccolacci, as Beckmann finished sixth with 46 laps on the clock, the highest of the session. Giuliano Alesi (Trident) was seventh by just one thousandth of a second from Laaksonen, as Kari and Joey Mawson (Arden International) completed the top ten.

The afternoon was a far sunnier affair, and America’s Ryan Tveter of Trident and Jenzer’s Tatiana Calderon were the first drivers to hit the track, before quickly ducking for cover after a burst of drizzle hit the track in the first 10 minutes. Pulcini got the action back underway as the rain quickly retreated, setting the early pace in the session with a time in the 1m30s.

Hubert and Correa immediately joined the Italian in the same time bracket, before the former leapfrogged Pulcini towards the end of the first hour of running. Boccolacci briefly took control of the standings, before ART once again rose to the top with Ilott, Hubert and Hughes occupying the top three at the midpoint of the session.

The ART trio continued to shuffle positions throughout the afternoon, with Hughes taking the advantage ahead of the final hour of running. Pulcini then returned to the top with 30 minutes remaining, accosted by Piquet as the Brazilian also leaped ahead of the ART drivers.

Despite a number of drivers ending the session with some quick laps, Pulcini’s time remained the quickest ahead of Piquet, as Hughes beat teammate Hubert to the third fastest time. Calderon occupied fifth place ahead of Ilott, with Alesi seventh. MP duo Kari and Boccolacci were eighth and ninth, as Laaksonen ended the day in the top ten.

The final GP3 Series pre-season test will take place at the Barcelona April 17-18, ahead of the first round of the season – which also takes place in Barcelona.

GP3 Pre-season Test: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – Day 2 Morning Session

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1

Callum Ilott

ART Grand Prix

1:31.998

37

2

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:32.080

36

3

Nikita Mazepin

ART Grand Prix

1:32.217

34

4

Leonardo Pulcini

Campos Racing

1:32.363

28

5

Dorian Boccolacci

MP Motorsport

1:32.372

32

6

David Beckmann

Jenzer Motorsport

1:32.531

46

7

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:32.621

37

8

Simo Laaksonen

Campos Racing

1:32.632

36

9

Niko Kari

MP Motorsport

1:32.690

31

10

Joey Mawson

Arden International

1:32.957

40

11

Ryan Tveter

Trident

1:32.960

37

12

Julien Falchero

Arden International

1:32.993

36

13

Pedro Piquet

Trident

1:32.997

39

14

Juan Manuel Correa

Jenzer Motorsport

1:33.232

43

15

Diego Menchaca

Campos Racing

1:33.315

38

16

Gabriel Aubry

Arden International

1:33.391

32

17

Jake Hughes

ART Grand Prix

1:37.780

30

18

Tatiana Calderon

Jenzer Motorsport

1:38.781

30

19

Alessio Lorandi

Trident

1:39.262

20

GP3 Pre-season Test: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – Day 2 Afternoon Session

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1

Leonardo Pulcini

Campos Racing

1:30.255

48

2

Pedro Piquet

Trident

1:30.463

48

3

Jake Hughes

ART Grand Prix

1:30.500

48

4

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:30.530

59

5

Tatiana Calderon

Jenzer Motorsport

1:30.531

28

6

Callum Ilott

ART Grand Prix

1:30.597

50

7

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:30.621

33

8

Niko Kari

MP Motorsport

1:30.630

34

9

Dorian Boccolacci

MP Motorsport

1:30.642

46

10

Simo Laaksonen

Campos Racing

1:30.713

50

11

Nikita Mazepin

ART Grand Prix

1:30.744

57

12

Diego Menchaca

Campos Racing

1:30.844

45

13

Juan Manuel Correa

Jenzer Motorsport

1:30.848

38

14

Alessio Lorandi

Trident

1:30.911

40

15

Gabriel Aubry

Arden International

1:30.936

46

16

David Beckmann

Jenzer Motorsport

1:30.989

49

17

Ryan Tveter

Trident

1:31.122

54

18

Joey Mawson

Arden International

1:31.279

43

19

Julien Falchero

Arden International

1:31.500

27

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