Niko Kari dominates Day 2 at Yas Marina

Niko Kari
Niko Kari

Niko Kari was once again the quickest man at the Yas Marina Circuit: the Finnish driver set a laptime of a 1:54.683 at the wheel of a Trident in Day 2 morning session of the 2018 post-season tests. Jehan Daruvala topped the afternoon session in a 1:54.753 with Campos Racing.

Day 2 opened at 9am local time and Logan Sargeant led the rest of the pack out of the pitlane as soon as it went green. The American driver who spent Day 1 with MP Motorsport moved to Trident this Friday and set the early pace.

The studious morning session saw Kari and Daruvala swap positions at the top of the timesheet with the Indian driver drawing first blood in a 1:55.102. The Finn improved further and dipped under 1m55s, but Daruvala went even quicker in a 1:54.689 to retake P1.

With one hour and thirty minutes left on the clock, Kari reclaimed the top spot with a laptime 6 thousandths better than Daruvala’s. When the flag dropped, Kari, Daruvala and Sargeant completed the top 3 ahead of Alex Peroni, Linus Lundqvist, Richard Verschoor, Christian Lundgaard, Yuki Tsunoda, Maximilian Fewtrell and Devlin DeFrancesco.

Daruvala was back at the top of the timesheet in the early stages of the afternoon session, but the battle for P1 raged again as Kari went quickest with a laptime of 1:55.888.

Most of the session was dedicated to long runs and we had to wait until the final half hour to see Daruvala retake the top spot in a 1:55.325. DeFrancesco was able to improve on the Indian’s best to go top, but with five minutes left on the clock Daruvala went even quicker to end the session P1. Verschoor and Lundqvist also moved up to second and third respectively in the dying minutes. Piastri, DeFrancesco, Tsunoda, Sargeant, Kari, Lorenzo Colombo and Peroni rounded the top 10.

The GP3 Series will run one final day tomorrow.

2018 Post-season testing – Day 2: morning session classification

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

TIME

LAP

1

Niko Kari

Trident

1:54.683

19

2

Jehan Daruvala

Campos Racing

1:54.689

29

3

Logan Sargeant

Trident

1:54.983

30

4

Alex Peroni

Campos Racing

1:55.245

17

5

Linus Lundqvist

Campos Racing

1:55.345

29

6

Richard Verschoor

MP Motorsport

1:55.379

22

7

Christian Lundgaard

ART Grand Prix

1:55.535

25

8

Yuki Tsunoda

Jenzer Motorsport

1:55.676

25

9

Maximilian Fewtrell

ART Grand Prix

1:55.688

23

10

Devlin DeFrancesco

Trident

1:55.694

28

11

Olli Caldwell

Trident

1:55.829

28

12

Ben Hingeley

Charouz Racing System

1:55.896

29

13

Oscar Piastri

Jenzer Motorsport

1:55.975

25

14

Felipe Drugovich

ART Grand Prix

1:56.070

22

15

Lorenzo Colombo

MP Motorsport

1:56.323

27

16

Robert Schwartzman

Charouz Racing System

1:56.413

28

17

Ye Yifei

MP Motorsport

1:56.900

30

18

Fabio Scherer

Charouz Racing System

1:56.924

29

19

Enaam Ehmad

ART Grand Prix

1:57.359

29

20

Federico Malvestiti

Jenzer Motorsport

1:57.627

37

2018 Post-season testing – Day 2: afternoon session classification

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

TIME

LAP

1

Jehan Daruvala

Campos Racing

1:54.753

29

2

Richard Verschoor

MP Motorsport

1:54.799

36

3

Linus Lundqvist

Campos Racing

1:55.041

26

4

Oscar Piastri

Jenzer Motorsport

1:55.085

22

5

Devlin DeFrancesco

Trident

1:55.089

26

6

Yuki Tsunoda

Jenzer Motorsport

1:55.177

29

7

Logan Sargeant

Trident

1:55.274

28

8

Niko Kari

Trident

1:55.359

25

9

Lorenzo Colombo

MP Motorsport

1:55.495

27

10

Alex Peroni

Campos Racing

1:55.608

19

11

Ben Hingeley

Charouz Racing System

1:55.665

28

12

Miximilian Fewtrell

ART Grand Prix

1:55.733

32

13

Robert Schwartzman

Charouz Racing System

1:55.801

30

14

Ye Yifei

MP Motorsport

1:55.826

19

15

Olli Caldwell

Trident

1:55.971

21

16

Fabio Scherer

Charouz Racing System

1:56.129

32

17

Christian Lundgaard

ART Grand Prix

1:56.313

33

18

Felipe Drugovich

ART Grand Prix

1:56.414

31

19

Federico Malvestiti

Jenzer Motorsport

1:56.734

31

20

Enaam Ahmed

ART Grand Prix

1:56.800

31

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