GP3: Parry quickest on Day Two in Valencia

//GP3: Parry quickest on Day Two in Valencia

GP3: Parry quickest on Day Two in Valencia

Koiranen GP driver on top in pre-season test in Spain
Koiranen GP’s Matthew Parry posted the quickest time this morning on a wet track at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia on the second day of pre-season testing. The Brit’s best lap was 0.064’s faster than ART Grand Prix’s Nirei Fukuzumi. Ferrari Driver Academy and fellow ART GP debutant Charles Leclerc clocked the fastest time in the afternoon session.
Heavy rain had fallen just prior to the session so the 24 drivers were greeted with a wet track and much cooler temperatures at the start of day two. Conditions were fairly tricky at the beginning of the test due to the volume of spray as the grid ventured out on track with their wet Pirelli tyres.
Fukuzumi was the initial pace-setter before Campos Racing’s Steijn Schothorst took control of the timesheet after one hour and thirty minutes as blue skies and sunshine made a welcome appearance. Trident’s Giuliano Alesi went P1 as he was first to dip under the 1m30s bracket.
The lap-times continued to come down in the latter part of the session as the track dried with Parry recording a time of 1:23.549 on slick tyres. Russian Matevos Isaakyan broke into the 1m22s barrier, which was subsequently followed by a short red flag period after his teammate Ralph Boschung stopped on track.
Once the session resumed, positions swapped every few minutes with Trident’s Antonio Fuoco and ART Grand Prix’s Charles Leclerc first to lap in the 1m21s. Parry found some extra pace to go top before Leclerc retaliated and bettered the Brit’s time by two tenths. In the final ten minutes, Fukuzumi demoted teammate Leclerc to second by a mere 0.004s but the action wasn’t over as Parry returned to the top of the timings by 0.064s.
At the chequered flag Parry, Fukuzumi, Leclerc, Alexander Albon, Artur Janosz, Nyck de Vries, Oscar Tunjo, Antonio Fuoco, Alex Palou and Jake Hughes completed the top ten.
Following the one hour lunch break, Fukuzumi led the way early on before Parry again found some extra pace to leapfrog the Japanese rookie by three tenths. Leclerc lapped a tenth quicker to grab P1, whilst Hughes rose to second in the final half hour.
At the close of the afternoon session Leclerc remained unchallenged in front of Hughes, Parry, Santino Ferrucci, Boschung, Kevin Jörg, Fukuzumi, Alexander Albon, Jake Dennis and Konstantin Tereshchenko.
The third and final pre-season test will held at the Circuit de Catalunya on April 20-21 in Barcelona.
Day Two – morning session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:21.476
41
2.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:21.560
52
3.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:21.564
50
4.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:21.598
53
5.
Arthur Janosz
Trident
1:21.673
56
6.
Nyck De Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:21.697
53
7.
Oscar Tunjo
Jenzer Motorsport
1:21.796
48
8.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
1:21.820
49
9.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:21.989
45
10.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
1:22.016
45
11.
Jack Aitken
Arden International
1:22.041
54
12.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:22.056
46
13.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
1:22.088
54
14.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:22.147
41
15.
Jake Dennis
Arden International
1:22.189
57
16.
Kevin Jörg
DAMS
1:22/203
48
17.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:22.340
53
18.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
1:22.340
45
19.
Mahaveer Raghunathan
Koiranen GP
1:22.477
52
20.
Richard Gonda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:22.505
60
21.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden International
1:22.531
49
22.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
1:22.847
28
23.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Campos Racing
1:22.850
29
24.
Ralph Boschung
Koiranen GP
1:23.466
28
 
1.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:22.089
34
2.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
1:22.166
46
3.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:22.195
46
4.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:22.243
42
5.
Ralph Boschung
Koiranen GP
1:22.366
54
6.
Kevin Jörg
DAMS
1:22.433
38
7.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:22.500
63
8.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:22.509
49
9.
Jake Dennis
Arden International
1:22.531
47
10.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Campos Racing
1:22.588
31
11.
Nyck De Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:22.621
64
12.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:22.627
38
13.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:22.686
39
14.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
1:22.725
40
15.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
1:22.775
46
16.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:22.833
34
17.
Richard Gonda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:22.878
34
18.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden International
1:22.951
38
19.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
1:23.007
53
20.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
1:23.169
49
21.
Oscar Tunjo
Jenzer Motorsport
1:23.232
45
22.
Mahaveer Raghunathan
Koiranen GP
1:23.505
29
23.
Jack Aitken
Arden International
1:24.961
48
24.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:25.078
42
2018-07-17T23:08:10+00:00April 9th, 2016|GP 3 Series|