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10/24/12
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Ceccon quickest in Jerez post season test  Italian driver Kevin Ceccon posted the fastest lap time on the opening day of the Jerez test with a 1:35.451, nearly half a second quicker than Lotus GP's Robert Visoiu in the morning. Marussia Manor Racing's Tio Ellinas topped the timesheets in a very wet afternoon session.

After a six week break since the 2012 GP3 Series season finished in dramatic style, the GP3/10 cars roared back into action for the first of two winter tests. The GP3 circus arrived in Jerez, Spain for a two day test with many new faces hoping to impress to secure a potential drive for the 2013 season.

Six drivers from this year's season were testing today but not all were competing with the same outfit they had raced with. Ceccon took the reigns of the MW Arden machine whilst Visoiu and Giovanni Venturini switched to the black and gold of the Lotus GP car.

The morning session started off in cool conditions with rain threatening over the Circuito de Jerez. The drivers made their way onto the track to set the installation laps with the experienced drivers of Ceccon, David Fumanelli (MW Arden) and Ellinas setting the early pace. Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) headed the timings after the first hour with debutants Melville McKee (MW Arden), Roman De Beer (Trident Racing) and Jack Harvey (Lotus GP) in the top eight.

Australian Jordan Oon spun his Atech CRS GP car which caused the morning session to be briefly red flagged whilst  Ceccon got to grips with the MW Arden car to go P1 with a best lap time of 1:35.451. Visoiu jumped up to P2 in the final thirty minutes to finish ahead of Ellinas, Fumanelli, McKee, Fontana, Nick Cassidy (Status Grand Prix) and Nicolas Costa (Marussia Manor Racing).

Heavy rain fell as the afternoon session commenced and Polish rookie Patryk Szczerbinski (Marussia Manor Racing) set the marker in the early stages until his teammates Ellinas and Costa posted P1 and P2 as the rain came down even harder. This gave the drivers the opportunity to test the GP3 car in full wet conditions after the earlier dry session.

Fontana rose to P3 ahead of Miki Monras (Atech CRS GP) whilst Harvey and Ceccon climbed up to P2 and P3 respectively in the final thirty minutes. However the rest of the pack were unable to beat the Cypriot's fastest lap time of the afternoon of 1:47.520. Harvey, Ceccon, Costa, Fontana, Monras, Visoiu and Eric Lichtenstein (Carlin) rounding out the top eight.

Tomorrow's test session will run from 09.00 - 12.00 a one hour break. The afternoon session will run from 13.00 - 16.00 CET.
 
Day 1: Morning

Pos Driver Team Lap time Laps
1. Kevin Ceccon MW Arden 1:35.451 31
2. Robert Visoiu Lotus GP 1;35.903 32
3. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:36.009 24
4. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:36.090 35
5. Melville McKee MW Arden 1:36.346 38
6. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.460 32
7. Nick Cassidy Status Grand Prix 1:36.483 42
8. Nicolas Costa Marussia Manor Racing 1:36.565 32
9. Miki Weckstrom Status Grand Prix 1:36.608 36
10. Roman De Beer Trident Racing 1:36.715 36
11. Giovanni Venturini Lotus GP 1:36.763 22
12. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:36.823 41
13. Josh Webster Carlin 1:37.045 32
14. Jack Harvey Lotus GP 1:37.053 18
15. Miki Monras Atech CRS GP 1:37.146 29
16. Patryk Szczerbinski Marussia Manor Racing 1:37.414 44
17. Emanuele Zonzini Trident Racing 1:37.427 37
18. Jordan Oon Atech CRS GP 1:37.695 38
19. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.217 30
20. Ryan Cullen Status Grand Prix 1:38.706 41

Day 1: Afternoon

Pos Driver Team Lap time Laps
1. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:47.520 17
2. Jack Harvey Lotus GP 1:48.011 36
3. Kevin Ceccon MW Arden 1:48.038 19
4. Nicolas Costa Marussia Manor Racing 1:48.477 22
5. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:48.767 15
6. Miki Monras Atech CRS GP 1:48.797 20
7. Robert Visoiu Lotus GP 1:49.165 35
8. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:49.208 41
9. Roman De Beer Trident Racing 1:49.255 25
10. Patryk Szczerbinski Marussia Manor Racing 1:49.295 37
11. Melville McKee MW Arden 1:49.363 34
12. Miki Weckstrom Status Grand Prix 1:49.476 27
13. Josh Webster Carlin 1:49.559 24
14. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:49.592 35
15. Giovanni Venturini Lotus GP 1:49.780 21
16. Emanuele Zonzini Trident Racing 1:49.953 34
17. Jordan Oon Atech CRS GP 1:50.028 22
18. Nick Cassidy Status Grand Prix 1:50.205 30
19. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.746 30
20. Ryan Cullen Status Grand Prix 1:53.470 33
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