GP3: Tunjo tops Day 1 of pre-season testing in Barcelona

//GP3: Tunjo tops Day 1 of pre-season testing in Barcelona

GP3: Tunjo tops Day 1 of pre-season testing in Barcelona

Jenzer Motorsport driver sets early pace in Spain
Oscar Tunjo posted the quickest laptime on day one of pre-season testing in Barcelona. The Colombian’s lap of 1:33.554 was two tenths quicker than the GP3 lap record at the Circuit de Catalunya set with the previous generation car back in 2013. The Jenzer Motorsport driver clocked this time in the morning session. In the afternoon, ART Grand Prix and Ferrari Driver Academy rookie Charles Leclerc headed the timesheet.
Dry and cloudy conditions greeted the paddock for the morning session with DAMS’ Santino Ferrucci first to lap in the 1m34s. It was a busy start to proceedings with the drivers and teams keen to focus on performance and qualifying simulations ahead of Round 1 on this very track in just three weeks’ time.
Tunjo shot to the head of timings early on, followed by Antonio Fuoco (Trident). At the midway point, Fuoco led the way ahead of Tunjo, Alex Palou, Giuliano Alesi and Matthew Parry.
In the final hour, Tunjo found some extra pace to dip into the 1m33s. Fuoco and Ralph Boschung also joined the Colombian in the 1m33’s, though a few tenths shy. There was a red flag at the end of the session when Sandy Stuvik went off into the gravel bed at Turn 9. The session wasn’t re-started.
At the chequered flag, Tunjo remained in P1 ahead of Fuoco, Boschung and Parry. Jack Aitken, Tatiana Calderon, Charles Leclerc, Matevos Isaakyan, Nirei Fukuzumi and Alex Palou completed the top ten.
Following a two hour break for lunch, the sun made a welcome appearance. Jake Hughes (DAMS) was first to set the pace before Campos Racing’s Steijn Schothorst broke into the 1m35s to lead the session at the midway point. There was a brief stoppage in proceedings when Jake Dennis stopped on track.
Once the session resumed, the majority of the drivers were concentrating on race runs. Leclerc rose to the top of timings with Schothorst two tenths adrift. Some teams opted for new Pirelli rubber with positions changing frequently in the final hour. Hughes managed to get within 0.031s of the Monegasque’s best laptime to move up to P2 before a third red flag period when Parry stopped at Turn 8.
There was just time for a final dash once the track was green; Palou jumped up to third demoting Ferrucci to fourth but Leclerc remained P1 at the chequered flag. Hughes, Palou, Ferrucci, Schothorst, Alexander Albon, Tunjo, Fukuzumi, Nyck de Vries and Konstantin Tereshchenko rounded out the top ten.
Koiranen GP’s Mahaveer Raghunathan did not participate during today’s test as he was unfit.
The final day of pre-season testing will commence at 09.00 tomorrow with a one hour break for lunch. The session will conclude at 16.00 local time.
Day One – morning session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Oscar Tunjo
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.554
35
2.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
1:33.843
25
3.
Ralph Boschung
Koiranen GP
1:33.922
31
4.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:34.036
27
5.
Jack Aitken
Arden International
1:34.046
44
6.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden International
1:34.081
34
7.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:34.160
34
8.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:34.198
31
9.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:34.245
33
10.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:34.345
35
11.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
1:34.350
27
12.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:34.441
34
13.
Kevin Jörg
DAMS
1:34.529
25
14.
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:34.565
31
15.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
1:34.623
31
16.
Jake Dennis
Arden International
1:34.715
26
17.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:34.822
25
18.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:34.823
25
19.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:34.928
29
20.
Richard Gonda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.122
24
21.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
1:35.251
10
22.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Campos Racing
1:35.261
29
23.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.902
24.
Mahaveer Raghunathan
Koiranen GP
0
Afternoon session*
1.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:35.167
34
2.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
1:35.198
47
3.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:35.205
40
4.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:35.371
41
5.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
1:35.376
45
6.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:35.427
38
7.
Oscar Tunjo
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.451
38
8.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:35.576
37
9.
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:35.718
38
10.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Campos Racing
1:35.734
25
11.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
1:35.780
37
12.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:35.814
38
13.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:35.934
44
14.
Kevin Jörg
DAMS
1:36.030
39
15.
Jake Dennis
Arden International
1:36.045
30
16.
Jack Aitken
Arden International
1:36.104
38
17.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.132
36
18.
Richard Gonda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.476
28
19.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden Motorsport
1:36.936
37
20.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:37.163
37
21.
Ralph Boschung
Koiranen GP
1:38.542
46
22.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
1:38.757
43
23.
Mahaveer Raghunathan
Koiranen GP
*Car #14 (Matthew Parry) – All times deleted after car was found underweight
2018-07-17T23:07:51+00:00April 20th, 2016|GP 3 Series|