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10/14/10
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Hartley tops Renault test, American Rossi 2nd
New Zealand’s Brendon Hartley led the way as Formula Renault 3.5 testing came to a close at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday. Following the 2010 season finale on Sunday, the teams have stayed on for two days of post-season running before heading to Motorland Arag¢n after the weekend.

Not present for the final two races of this year’s campaign, Hartley has travelled to Barcelona for two chiefly damp days of running at the venue, where he was driving for P1 Motorsport.

The Kiwi was accompanied on-track by a mix of old and new faces, with Daniel de Jong driving a Formula Renault 3.5 car for the first time after starring in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 races at the weekend.

Others driver changes saw Nathanael Berthon run with Tech 1 Racing for the first time as Giovanni Venturini linked up with the Junior Lotus Racing squad. At Epsilon Euskadi was Sergio Canamasas, as Daniel Zampieri switched to Fortec Motorsport and Daniil Move to ISR.

Having excited the local crowds courtesy of some daring passing on Saturday, Albert Costa’s Epsilon Euskadi car was the early pace-setter on wet Wednesday morning, clocking a series of rapid laps to top the timesheets in the opening stages; however, Anton Nebilitskiy and Daniel Zampieri then moved ahead.

Only in the final 20 minutes were the cars able to fit dry, Slick tires, with Hartley eventually moving ahead courtesy of a 1:37.460 effort. The United States’ Alexander Rossi, fresh from GP3, was second for ISR as Britain’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs – also up from GP3 and quickest on Tuesday – made the top three for Comtec.

With Costa fifth and Ferrari academy driver Mirko Bortolotti eighth, another notable top ten performer was Carlin’s Max Chilton - another former GP3 racer and younger brother of Team AON British Touring Car star Tom; compatriots Will Stevens and Daniel McKenzie – British Formula 3 National Class Champion of 2009 – ended the session 16th and 18th fastest in the 20-car field.

Day 1 Results

Pos. Driver Team Time Laps
1. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Red Devil Comtec 01:33.595 68
2. Alexander Rossi ISR Racing 01:33.660 62
3. Robert Wickens Fortec Motorsport 01:33.770 57
4. Walter Grubmuller P1 Motorsport 01:34.069 37
5. Julian Leal ISR Racing 01:34.206 68
6. Brendon Hartley P1 Motorsport 01:34.473 62
7. Arthur Pic Tech 1 Racing 01:34.524 80
8. Albert Costa Epsilon Euskadi 01:34.625 75
9. Giovanni Venturini Lotus Racing Junior 01:34.822 79
10. Nelson Panciatici KMP Racing 01:34.827 67
11. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP Racing 01:34.881 56
12. Stephane Richelmi Draco Multiracing USA 01:34.925 71
13. Mirko Bortolotti BVM Target 01:35.026 63
14. Max Chilton Carlin Motorsport 01:35.211 44
15. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Motorsport 01:35.331 76
16. Daniel Zampieri Pons Racing 01:35.462 55
17. Ivan Lukashevich Lotus Racing Junior 01:35.816 65
18. Andre Negrao Draco Multiracing USA 01:35.934 78
19. Will Stevens Red Devil Comtec 01:36.218 86
20. Daniel McKenzie Fortec Motorsport 01:36.453 76
21. Jean-Eric Vergne Tech 1 Racing 01:36.774 52
22. Pierre Thiriet Lotus Racing Junior 01:38.272 41

Day 2 Results

Pos. Driver Team Time Laps
1. Brendon Hartley P1 Motorsport 01:32.820 33
2. Alexander Rossi ISR Racing 01:33.100 36
3. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Red Devil Comtec 01:33.648 40
4. Daniel Zampieri Pons Racing 01:33.709 51
5. Albert Costa Epsilon Euskadi 01:33.832 63
6. Nathanael Berthon Tech 1 Racing 01:33.921 64
7. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Motorsport 01:34.024 62
8. Mirko Bortolotti BVM Target 01:34.072 51
9. Max Chilton Carlin Motorsport 01:34.072 56
10. Arthur Pic Tech 1 Racing 01:34.082 56
11. Daniil Move ISR Racing 01:34.178 39
12. Walter Grubmuller P1 Motorsport 01:34.183 43
13. Sergio Canamasas Interwetten.com 01:34.234 48
14. Nelson Panciatici KMP Racing 01:34.512 46
15. Giovanni Venturini Lotus Racing Junior 01:34.513 70
16. Will Stevens Red Devil Comtec 01:34.525 75
17. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP Racing 01:34.686 32
18. Daniel McKenzie Fortec Motorsport 01:34.971 64
19. Daniel de Jong Draco Multiracing USA 01:35.332 52
20. Andre Negrao Draco Multiracing USA 01:37.071 38

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