Ellinas tops day-2 of FR3.5 testing

Day two of Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective testing at Cicuito de Jerez went the way of Strakka Racing's Formula Renault 3.5 rookie Tio Ellinas. On Friday, the Cypriot set quickest lap of the morning session in 1:28.260. He finished the day with best time, ahead of the fastest man in the afternoon, Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus), and Tom Dillmann (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin).

Optional yesterday, today the low-downforce aerodynamic configuration over the rear wing was mandatory for all the competitors. Both drivers and teams thus continued their preparation for the 2015 season with the regulations that will be in effect during Saturday qualifying and race 1.

Ellinas continues where he left off

During a very lively beginning, Tom Dillmann was first to break the 1.30 barrier, before his time was bested by Matthieu Vaxiviere. Before the mid-way point of the session, the Lotus F1 Junior Team driver was moved off the top spot by Tio Ellinas who clocked a lap in 1:28.260, before turning his attention to start simulations as did a number of other competitors. The Cypriot was quickest in a session that was interrupted five times, ahead of the two Frenchman, Beitske Visser (AVF) and Jazeman Jaafar (Fortec Motorsports).

Vaxiviere ends in the lead

Roy Nissany (Tech 1 Racing) was first onto the track in the afternoon. His time was soon beaten by Jazeman Jaafar and Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports). Times didn’t drop until the final hour and it was Matthieu Vaxiviere moving to the sharp end of the order. The Fortec drivers answered, but 15-minutes from the end, the Frenchman set a best lap time of 1:28.759. He was followed by Oliver Rowland, Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Tom Dillmann and Jazeman Jaafar at the end of a shortened session caused by the off of Aurelien Panis (Tech 1 Racing).

Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective testing resumes on 30 and 31 March at Motorland Aragon.

Quotes:

Tio Ellinas: “We have gotten off to a good start to the season at Jerez. The team worked hard on the set-ups, as much with high-downforce as low-downforce. With the low configuration, you have to really find your braking points and the high-speed corners are trickier, but I am convinced that everyone will get used as the level is high. We were quickly on top, while carrying out our program. We then were able to concentrate on start simulations and pit stops."

Matthieu Vaxiviere: “Yesterday, we did a good job in low-downforce. Alas, no comparison, it was difficult for us to situate where we were, and we wanted to validate our impressions. Sadly, I made a mistake with my set of new tires. Even so, the car is on pace and it was worth it to have a day when everyone turned me around! With the red flags and traffic, I had to settle for the second best time this morning, but then everything went according to plan. The year has begun well and the team is doing a great job. We are here to race for the title."

Tom Dillmann: “With the team absent last year, this was a first proper test. It was difficult yesterday, but it all went well today and right from the beginning of the day. It seems we have a good car in low-downforce. I find the driving in low-downforce more pleasant: there is less drag and the top speed is slightly higher. We concentrated on the set-up, without worrying about setting a time because we have to be ready right from the first race. Taking my experience into account, the objective is to win the championship, but it is a long road. There are some good competitors, some are back and the team “is beginning", so it will not be easy!"

Beitske Visser: “I was a little ill yesterday and I haven’t fully recovered. Like the others, we worked on the low-downforce configuration and set-ups. It was a little trickier, but everything went fine. In contrast to the other teams, we saved our second set of new tires in order to take them to Motorland. We did a race simulation this afternoon and the times were quite good! We are satisfied with the work accomplished here."

MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Tio Ellinas Strakka Racing 1m 28.260s 0.000s 37
2 Matthieu Vaxiviere Lotus 1m 28.520s 0.260s 19
3 Tom Dillmann Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m 28.680s 0.420s 33
4 Beitske Visser AVF 1m 28.718s 0.458s 31
5 Jazeman Jaafar Fortec Motorsports 1m 28.957s 0.697s 32
6 Gustav Malja Strakka Racing 1m 29.102s 0.842s 39
7 Pietro Fantin International Draco Racing 1m 29.216s 0.956s 41
8 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Zeta Corse 1m 29.601s 1.341s 37
9 Meindert van Buuren Lotus 1m 29.893s 1.633s 25
10 Nyck De Vries DAMS 1m 29.921s 1.661s 43
11 Facu Regalia Zeta Corse 1m 30.107s 1.847s 38
12 Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsports 1m 30.260s 2.000s 29
13 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m 30.325s 2.065s 36
14 Nicholas Latifi Arden Motorsport 1m 30.375s 2.115s 16
15 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m 30.378s 2.118s 33
16 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m 30.456s 2.196s 40
17 Bruno Bonifacio International Draco Racing 1m 30.730s 2.470s 31
18 Philo Paz Armand Pons Racing 1m 31.140s 2.880s 36
19 Dean Stoneman DAMS 1m 31.230s 2.970s 22
20 Roberto Merhi Pons Racing 1m 31.519s 3.259s 31
21 Aurelien Panis Tech 1 Racing 1m 32.058s 3.798s 44
22 Roy Nissany Tech 1 Racing 1m 36.620s 8.360s 8

AFTERNOON TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Matthieu Vaxiviere Lotus 1m 28.759s 0.000s 40
2 Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsports 1m 29.178s 0.419s 34
3 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m 29.292s 0.533s 27
4 Tom Dillmann Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m 29.322s 0.563s 39
5 Jazeman Jaafar Fortec Motorsports 1m 29.328s 0.569s 35
6 Nyck De Vries DAMS 1m 29.583s 0.824s 32
7 Meindert van Buuren Lotus 1m 29.943s 1.184s 34
8 Bruno Bonifacio International Draco Racing 1m 29.948s 1.189s 32
9 Philo Paz Armand Pons Racing 1m 30.061s 1.302s 25
10 Pietro Fantin International Draco Racing 1m 30.070s 1.311s 20
11 Nicholas Latifi Arden Motorsport 1m 30.330s 1.571s 17
12 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m 30.342s 1.583s 42
13 Beitske Visser AVF 1m 30.376s 1.617s 41
14 Roberto Merhi Pons Racing 1m 30.461s 1.702s 34
15 Roy Nissany Tech 1 Racing 1m 30.562s 1.803s 32
16 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Zeta Corse 1m 30.705s 1.946s 25
17 Facu Regalia Zeta Corse 1m 30.840s 2.081s 30
18 Dean Stoneman DAMS 1m 31.145s 2.386s 21
19 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m 31.597s 2.838s 31
20 Tio Ellinas Strakka Racing 1m 31.643s 2.884s 7
21 Aurelien Panis Tech 1 Racing 1m 31.691s 2.932s 17
22 Gustav Malja Strakka Racing 1m 31.853s 3.094s 42

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