Apr 21

Jörg ends Day 2 of pre-season test on top

DAMS rookie fastest on second day in Barcelona

GP3 - Kevin Jorg (DAMS) DAMS and Renault Sport Academy’s Kevin Jörg was quickest overall on the second and final day of pre-season testing today at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. The Swiss set his time in the afternoon session and finished one tenth ahead of his teammate Jake Hughes. ART Grand Prix’s and Ferrari Driver Academy’s Charles Leclerc posted the quickest time in a very wet morning session.

Heavy rain greeted the paddock but that did not deter the field from testing in the difficult conditions. Some of the teams chose to work on their wet set up ahead of the opening round on that same track next month. The ART Grand Prix quartet were keen to get some laps under their belt as were the DAMS trio with Leclerc setting the initial pace.

There was an early red flag when Jenzer Motorsport’s Oscar Tunjo spun at Turn 1. The rain began to hammer down with more intensity so the drivers remained in their garages. In the final hour, a handful of drivers ventured on track with Alexander Albon demoting Leclerc to P2 as he got to grips with the conditions. However, Leclerc soon retaliated and was back into P1 by 1.7s.

Nyck de Vries made a visit to the gravel bed at Turn 5 in the final hour, but prior to this Albon had split the ART pairing to jump into second. Jörg and Tereshchenko found some extra pace in the final minutes to go P2 and P3 respectively. The session was brought to an end when Jake Hughes also had an excursion at Turn 5.

At the chequered flag, Leclerc headed the timesheet in front of Jörg, Tereshchenko, Albon, Jack Aitken, Nirei Fukuzumi, Santino Ferrucci, de Vries, Akash Nandy and Richard Gonda.

During the one hour lunch break, the rain finally stopped and blue skies appeared. The drivers all filtered out onto the track eager to get a taste of the changing conditions. By the midway point, the drivers had switched to the slick Pirelli compound as the track continued to dry. Ferrucci held P1 half-way through the session, before Gonda and Tunjo both improved to head the timings.

Koiranen GP’s Matthew Parry was first to dip into the 1m36s, but Antonio Fuoco and then Fukuzumi bettered the Brit’s time by one tenth. Jörg broke into the 1m35s with 25 minutes left on the clock, with his teammate Hughes lapping one tenth shy.

At the chequered flag, the DAMS duo remained on top – ahead of Fuoco, Alex Palou, Leclerc, Artur Janosz, Albon, Fukuzumi, Ralph Boschung and Tunjo.

Koiranen GP’s Mahaveer Raghunathan did not participate during today’s test as he was unfit.

GP3 Series will be on track again next month for the eagerly-awaited first round in Barcelona on May 13-14-15 2016.


Day Two – morning session

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 1:57.791 19
2. Kevin Jörg DAMS 1:58.167 14
3. Konstantin Tereshchenko Campos Racing 1:58.862 14
4. Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1:59.537 16
5. Jack Aitken Arden International 1:59.589 4
6. Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:59.610 21
7. Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:59.910 14
8. Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 2:00.473 13
9. Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 2:00.701 15
10. Richard Gonda Jenzer Motorsport 2:01.097 8
11. Jake Hughes DAMS 2:01.556 16
12. Oscar Tunjo Jenzer Motorsport 2:01.569 12
13. Antonio Fuoco Trident 2:12.644 5
14. Artur Janosz Trident
15. Giuliano Alesi Trident 2
16. Sandy Stuvik Trident 3
17. Jake Dennis Arden International 1
18. Tatiana Calderon Arden International
19. Matthew Parry Koiranen GP 2
20. Mahaveer Raghunathan Koiranen GP
21. Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP
22. Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP
23. Alex Palou Campos Racing 5
24. Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 2



Afternoon session      
1. Kevin Jörg DAMS 1:35.358 26
2. Jake Hughes DAMS 1:35.692 34
3. Antonio Fuoco Trident 1:35.942 41
4. Alex Palou Campos Racing 1:36.042 31
5. Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 1:36.126 37
6. Artur Janosz Trident 1:36.149 25
7. Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1:36.149 27
8. Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:36.214 44
9. Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 1:36.227 32
10. Oscar Tunjo Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.306 29
11. Tatiana Calderon Arden International 1:36.326 41
12. Matthew Parry Koiranen GP 1:36.345 27
13. Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:36.401 30
14. Jack Aitken Arden International 1:36.415 44
15. Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1:36.496 40
16. Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 1:36.551 30
17. Konstantin Tereshchenko Campos Racing 1:36.758 23
18. Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:36.778 42
19. Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 1:36.808 25
20. Jake Dennis Arden International 1:36.932 40
21. Richard Gonda Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.969 38
22. Sandy Stuvik Trident 1:37.023 29
23. Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 1:37.333 34
24. Mahaveer Raghunathan Koiranen GP


source: GP3 Series