William Buller (Carlin)

Carlin’s William Buller quickest in mid season testing in Spain

Britain’s William Buller set the pace on the second and final day of testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo after producing a laptime of 1:26.389 which was three tenths faster than Matias Laine on day one. Mitch Evans (MW Arden) headed the afternoon timings by just one thousandth of a second over the Carlin man.

There was one change to the line-up with Robert Visoiu absent from the test due to an exam so Irishman Gary Thompson made his debut in the Jenzer Motorsport car.

The session started in glorious sunshine and much hotter temperatures than yesterday, with the drivers eager to set a fast time early on. Trident Racing’s Nico Muller set an early benchmark and was on another hot lap when his team mate Vicky Piria spun into the gravel after 20 minutes, thus causing a halt for a red flag. Buller who was in second, soon went P1, a tenth faster than the Swiss driver.

As the track temperature climbed to 42 degrees, the drivers returned to the pits to make set-up changes and to concentrate on long runs in preparation for the upcoming races. Evans and Buller’s Carlin teammate Antonio Felix Da Costa posted the third and fourth fastest times, ahead of Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas who snuck ahead of Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport) at the mid-point of the morning session. Seventh was Series leader Aaro Vainio (Lotus GP) and Kevin Ceccon progressed to eighth in the latter stages in his Ocean Racing Technology car after having a brief moment off track which caused a momentary red flag. Daniel Abt (Lotus GP) and Marlon Stockinger (Status Grand Prix) completed the top ten.

When the afternoon session commenced after the one hour break, the MW Arden trio were first out the blocks along with the Status Grand Prix drivers with Evans topping the timesheets. Stockinger shot to P2 ahead of David Fumanelli and Laine in the first hour. The focus for a lot of the teams was race simulation along with pit stop practice for some crews. Tamas Pal Kiss (Atech CRS GP) jumped up to fourth at the midway point, followed by Niederhauser going P3.

GP3 debutant Gary Thompson rose to P4 in the final thirty minutes of the session whilst fastest man of the day Buller set a laptime just one thousandth of a second off Evans’ best time of the afternoon but remained in P2 at the chequered flag. Stockinger was also just 0.023s off the New Zealander’s best lap showing how fierce the competition at the front is. Ellinas was fourth ahead of Niederhauser, Thompson, Fumanelli, Ceccon, Pal-Kiss and Felix Da Costa.

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Morning session Day 2

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. William Buller Carlin 1:26.389

43

2. Nico Muller Trident Racing 1:26.481

42

3. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:26.543

32

4. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:26.641

43

5. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:26.654

40

6. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:26.693

31

7. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:26.810

35

8. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:26.865

46

9. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:26.879

34

10. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:26.956

33

11. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:27.006

35

12. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:27.067

36

13. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:27.077

41

14. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:27.188

41

15. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:27.645

37

16. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:27.825

48

17. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:27.993

36

18. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:28.092

36

19. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:28.117

42

20. Gary Thompson Jenzer Motorsport 1:28.318

33

21. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:28.343

30

22. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:28.414

32

23. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:28.486

36

24. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:28.762

37

25. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.328

45

Afternoon Session Day 2

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:27.543

18

2. William Buller Carlin 1:27.544

37

3. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:27.566

28

4. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:27.853

38

5. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:28.164

28

6. Gary Thompson Jenzer Motorsport 1:28.275

32

7. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:28.286

28

8. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:28.294

26

9. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:28.301

32

10. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:28.542

34

11. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:28.661

30

12. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:28.678

40

13. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:28.799

37

14. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:28.859

27

15. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:28.905

39

16. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:29.208

38

17. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:29.223

18

18. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:29.380

34

19. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:29.508

37

20. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:29.509

21

21. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:29.897

40

22. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.333

21

23. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.916

29

24. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:30.967

31