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Hubert quickest overall in first pre-season test at Paul Ricard

Written by  Feb 22, 2018

Anthoine Hubert set an overall fastest time in the first 2018 GP3 test in the morning of the second day in a 1:48.674, as ART Grand Prix teammate Callum Ilott topped a truncated afternoon session at Le Castellet, France with a 1:49.144.

Although overcast, dry weather conditions meant that the teams could start their morning running immediately on slick Pirelli tyres. Trident was the first team to hit the track, sending out all four cars as soon as the light went green – Ryan Tveter leading the quartet onto the circuit.

The ART trio of Nikita Mazepin, Ilott and Hubert immediately set about trading best times, but after the first half an hour of running, Trident’s Alessio Lorandi sat atop the standings.

It wasn’t long until the front-running cars were lapping faster than yesterday, with Mazepin the first driver to beat the fastest Wednesday time set by Jake Hughes. Hubert was quick to displace his teammate at the top, leading the way after the first hour.

There was something of a lull approaching the midpoint of the session, but Ilott got the ball rolling once more midway through the morning’s running to break into the 1m48s bracket, holding top spot for almost an hour.

With 40 minutes of the session remaining, Hubert once more returned to head the timesheets with under a tenth in hand over Ilott. The Frenchman remained unchallenged throughout the rest of the morning, once more going into the break on top of the standings.

Ilott remained in second place, and Leonardo Pulcini (Campos Racing) broke ART’s stranglehold on the top three with a late 1:49.051 lap. Mazepin was fourth best ahead of Tatiana Calderon (Jenzer Motorsport), while yesterday’s fastest runner Hughes was sixth best ahead of Lorandi.

Simo Laaksonen (Campos) was eighth ahead of MP Motorsport’s Dorian Boccolacci, while Pedro Piquet (Trident) rounded out the top 10 having completed a session high of 54 laps.

In opening 30 minutes of the afternoon session, Ilott was the first to exit the garage and followed out of the pits by Hubert. Jenzer pairing Calderon and Juan Manuel Correa were next to hit the circuit, while Boccolacci leaped to the top of the timing board. Piquet briefly led the session, before Calderon was the first of the pack to dip below the 1:50s mark in the afternoon.

Focus was once more on the longer runs across the afternoon, although newcomer David Beckmann (Jenzer) found half a tenth over teammate Calderon to lead the session at the halfway point.

ART were able to hit back, which allowed Ilott and Hubert to trade fastest laps before the conditions worsened. With an hour of the session left, a smattering of drizzle relegated most of the teams back into the pits, with Ilott ending the afternoon’s dry running with the best time after the break.

The rain briefly worsened, with new team MP Motorsport using the opportunity to send Boccolacci, Niko Kari and Leonard Hoogenboom out for some wet running. The majority of drivers followed suit, but Ilott’s time was left untouched for the final hour. Hubert’s time of 1:49.193 was enough for second, as Calderon, Piquet and Hughes completed the top five. Beckmann was sixth ahead of Tveter, as Mazepin, Diego Menchaca (Campos) and Lorandi finished inside the top 10.

This concluded the opening pre-season tests of the 2018 season. The GP3 paddock will gather next at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain on March 14-15.

Day 2 morning session times

 Pos

Driver

Team

Time

Laps

1

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:48.674

37

2

Callum Ilott

ART Grand Prix

1:48.761

41

3

Leonardo Pulcini

Campos Racing

1:49.051

37

4

Nikita Mazepin

ART Grand Prix

1:49.180

37

5

Tatiana Calderon

Jenzer Motorsport

1:49.209

38

6

Jake Hughes

ART Grand Prix

1:49.326

31

7

Alessio Lorandi

Trident

1:49.434

53

8

Simo Laaksonen

Campos Racing

1:49.643

37

9

Dorian Boccolacci

MP Motorsport

1:49.721

28

10

Pedro Piquet

Trident

1:49.729

54

11

Julien Falchero

Arden International

1:49.760

40

12

Niko Kari

MP Motorsport

1:49.777

29

13

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:49.861

35

14

Ryan Tveter

Trident

1:49.892

48

15

Juan Manuel Correa

Jenzer Motorsport

1:49.902

45

16

Gabriel Aubry

Arden International

1:49.969

35

17

Diego Menchaca

Campos Racing

1.50.017

25

18

David Beckmann

Jenzer Motorsport

1:50.096

45

19

Joey Mawson

Arden International

1:50.146

39

20

Leonard Hoogenboom

MP Motorsport

1:51.132

24


Day 2 afternoon session times

 Pos

Driver

Team

Time

Laps

1

Callum Ilott

ART Grand Prix

1:49.144

43

2

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:49.193

40

3

Tatiana Calderon

Jenzer Motorsport

1:49.684

21

4

Pedro Piquet

Trident

1:49.687

32

5

Jake Hughes

ART Grand Prix

1:49.750

37

6

David Beckmann

Jenzer Motorsport

1:49.928

19

7

Ryan Tveter

Trident

1:50.038

18

8

Nikita Mazepin

ART Grand Prix

1:50.039

37

9

Diego Menchaca

Campos Racing

1:50.173

26

10

Alessio Lorandi

Trident

1:50.260

16

11

Niko Kari

MP Motorsport

1:50.312

30

12

Joey Mawson

Arden International

1:50.362

18

13

Gabriel Aubry

Arden International

1:50.379

21

14

Leonardo Pulcini

Campos Racing

1:50.424

11

15

Dorian Boccolacci

MP Motorsport

1:50.616

20

16

Simo Laaksonen

Campos Racing

1:50.623

7

17

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:50.671

19

18

JM Correa

Jenzer Motorsport

1:50.718

26

19

Leonard Hoogenboom

MP Motorsport

1:51.680

26

20

Julien Falchero

Arden International

2:10.444

8

 

source: gp3series.com

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