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03/15/12
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Robin Frijns tops Renault 3.5 testing, new car as fast as GP2 UPDATE
Robin Frijns
Doing a little research on Frijns, in 3 years of motorsport he already has 2 MAJOR championships: 

2010 - Formula BMW Europe Champion
2011 - Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Champion

2012 - Already during the first few Formula Renault 3.5 tests on top ... again ! Definitely one to watch !

Note: No Red Bull, no Marussia, no Air Asia, no Gravity, no Lotus no whatever else backing ... just 'Frijns Industrial Group' (http://www.frijnsindustrialgroup.com/), the family company backing him ... thus free of politics.

03/15/12 The new Formula Renault 3.5 car (also known as the World Series by Renault) is over 4 seconds per lap faster than the car it replaces and buts it on par with GP2 cars, perhaps even faster..

Wednesday Testing

Robin Frijns
Robin Frijns kept Fortec at the top of the timesheets on the second day of pre-season testing for the new Formula Renault 3.5 car at Paul Ricard.

The reigning Formula Renault Eurocup champion shaved more than one second off his pacesetting best on the opening day to post a 1m45.667s.

That was just enough to edge out Tech 1's Jules Bianchi, who got to within two thousandths of Frijns's benchmark in the afternoon.

The Dutchman's best time is more than four seconds faster than the lap record in the old Formula Renault 3.5 car, a 1m49.901s set by 2011 champion Robert Wickens.

Wednesday Times

Pos Driver Team Time Behind
1. Robin Frijns Fortec Motorsports 1m45.667s +0.000s
2. Jules Bianchi Tech 1 Racing 1m45.669s +0.002s
3. Kevin Magnussen Carlin 1m45.952s +0.285s
4. Richie Stanaway Lotus 1m45.975s +0.308s
5. Carlos Huertas Fortec Motorsports 1m46.116s +0.449s
6. Arthur Pic Dams 1m46.128s +0.461s
7. Walter Grubmuller P1 Motorsport 1m46.334s +0.667s
8. Sam Bird Isr 1m46.334s +0.667s
9. Andre Negrao International Draco 1m46.368s +0.701s
10. Marco Sorensen Lotus 1m46.376s +0.709s
11. Nick Yelloly Comtec Racing 1m46.473s +0.806s
12. Nico Muller International Draco 1m46.561s +0.894s
13. Daniil Move P1 Motorsport 1m46.821s +1.154s
14. Lucas Foresti Dams 1m46.922s +1.255s
15. Alexander Rossi Arden Caterham 1m46.931s +1.264s
16. Kevin Korjus Tech 1 Racing 1m46.944s +1.277s
17. Vittorio Ghirelli Comtec Racing 1m47.705s +2.038s
18. Will Stevens Carlin 1m47.719s +2.052s
19. Zoel Amberg Pons Racing 1m47.724s +2.057s
20. Anton Nebylitskiy Team Rfr 1m47.821s +2.154s
21. Lewis Williamson Arden Caterham 1m47.848s +2.181s
22. Nicolay Martsenko Bvm Target 1m47.912s +2.245s
23. Jake Rosenzweig Isr 1m47.997s +2.330s
24. Mikhail Aleshin Team Rfr 1m48.021s +2.354s
25. Giovanni Venturini Bvm Target 1m48.261s +2.594s
26. Yann Cunha Pons Racing 1m49.319s +3.652s

Tuesday Testing

Reigning Formula Renault Eurocup champion Robin Frijns set the fastest time on the first day of pre-season testing for the new Formula Renault 3.5 car at Paul Ricard on Tuesday.

The Fortec Motorsports driver snatched the top spot away from the more experienced Alexander Rossi and Jules Bianchi in the closing stages of the day, with fellow rookie Richie Stanaway (Lotus/Gravity-Charouz) joining him at the top just before the end.

F1 test drivers Bianchi and Rossi ended the day third and fourth for Tech 1 and Arden respectively, while Carlos Huertas was another rookie to shine as he put the second Fortec car in the top five.

Tuesday Times

Pos

Driver Team Time Behind
1. Robin Frijns Fortec Motorsports 1m47.006s +0.000s
2. Richie Stanaway Lotus 1m47.125s +0.119
3. Jules Bianchi Tech 1 Racing 1m47.252s +0.246
4. Alexander Rossi Arden Caterham 1m47.302s +0.296
5. Carlos Huertas Fortec Motorsports 1m47.388s +0.382
6. Arthur Pic Dams 1m47.445s +0.439
7. Kevin Magnussen Carlin 1m47.531s +0.525
8. Andre Negrao International Draco 1m47.576s +0.570
9. Walter Grubmuller P1 Motorsport 1m47.757s +0.751
10. Marco Sorensen Lotus 1m47.757s +0.751
11. Lewis Williamson Arden Caterham 1m47.989s +0.983
12. Nico Muller International Draco 1m48.286s +1.280
13. Daniil Move P1 Motorsport 1m48.317s +1.311
14. Kevin Korjus Tech 1 Racing 1m48.501s +1.495
15. Sam Bird Isr 1m48.519s +1.513
16. Vittorio Ghirelli Comtec Racing 1m48.933s +1.927
17. Anton Nebylitskiy Team Rfr 1m49.127s +2.121
18. Lucas Foresti Dams 1m49.204s +2.198
19. Giovanni Venturini Bvm Target 1m49.383s +2.377
20. Mikhail Aleshin Team Rfr 1m49.613s +2.607
21. Nick Yelloly Comtec Racing 1m49.753s +2.747
22. Nicolay Martsenko Bvm Target 1m49.843s +2.837
23. Jake Rosenzweig Isr 1m50.317s +3.311
24. Yann Cunha Pons Racing 1m50.404s +3.398
25. Zoel Amberg Pons Racing 1m50.435s +3.429
26. Will Stevens Carlin 1m50.454s +3.448

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