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Frederick fastest for ART GP on first afternoon of FIA F3 test

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

ART Grand Prix’s Kaylen Frederick was the fastest driver in the afternoon session of the first day of post-season FIA Formula 3 testing at Jerez.

Most drivers completed more laps in the afternoon three-hour session than in the morning session, although the pace was slower at the top of the timesheet.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Noel Leon first set the tone, with the drivers heading onto the track much sooner than they had when the green light at the end of the pit lane came on for the first times in the morning.

Leon was in the lead for a while, but was eventually relegated to fourth place by Oliver Goethe, who entered the 1m31s with just his third flying lap, and Trident teammates Gabriel Bortoleto and Leonardo Fornaroli.

There was then a red flag stoppage caused by VAR’s Roberto Faria, and Goethe stayed on top for the next hour before the action was halted again when Charouz Racing System’s Emmo Fittipaldi ran into trouble and caused a red flag second period.

Campos Racing’s Pepe Marti and Francesco Pizzi had climbed to third and fourth by then, and the session entered its second half when the green flags were waved again.

Christian Mansell and teammate Pizzi moved up to second and third after the restart, and Goethe was then usurped when Prema’s Zak O’Sullivan set a 1m31.669s with just over an hour and a quarter of the day to go.

His time in first place was extended by another red flag stoppage, this time caused by Carlin’s Hunter Yeany, but O’Sullivan improved when he returned to the track setting a 1m31.509s.

Dino Beganovic scored a double at Prema, then edged his team-mate in the final hour with a lap of 1m31.358s. Paul Aron was third fastest to create a Prema 1-2-3, but soon the ART GP riders were racing fast.

Frederick went third first, then Gregoire Saucy moved up to second and VAR’s Rafael Villagomez jumped to third before Frederick’s fastest lap came with 15 minutes left. No one had a chance to beat him in the final minutes as Alessandro Famularo of Charouz forced another save which ended just before the checkered flag was waved.

MP Motorsport’s Jonny Edgar covered the most kilometres, completing 51 laps in the afternoon.

Results of the afternoon session
Pos Driver Crew Time Gaps Towers
1 Frederick Kaylen Grand Prix of the Arts 1m31.275s 37
2 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m31.358s +0.083s 34
3 Gregoire Saucy Grand Prix of the Arts 1m31.378s +0.103s 36
4 Raphael Villagomez Van Amersfoort race 1m31.400s +0.125s 37
5 Gabriel Bortoletto Trident 1m31.499s +0.224s 37
6 Zak O’Sullivan Prema 1m31.509s +0.234s 33
seven Olivier Goethe Trident 1m31.670s +0.395s 30
8 Paul Aron Prema 1m31.675s +0.400s 32
9 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m31.694s +0.419s 39
ten Taylor Barnard Jenzer Motorsport 1m31.744s +0.469s 30
11 Pepe Martin Campos Race 1m31.763s +0.488s 33
12 Leonard Fornaroli Trident 1m31.839s +0.564s 26
13 Christian Mansell Campos race 1m31.859s +0.584s 37
14 Francesco Pizza Campos race 1m31.922s +0.647s 28
15 Nikita Bedrine Jenzer Motorsport 1m31.985s +0.710s 30
16 Nikola Tsolov Grand Prix of the Arts 1m32.142s +0.867s 43
17 Alessandro Famularo Charouz race system 1m32.148s +0.873s 30
18 Joel Granfors Fortec Motorsports 1m32.176s +0.901s 32
19 Noel Leon Van Amersfoort race 1m32.268s +0.993s 44
20 Hunter Yeany Pug 1m32.547s +1.272s 19
21 Arias Deukmedjian Pug 1m32.751s +1.476s 33
22 Roberto Faria Van Amersfoort Race 1m32.981s +1.706s 38
23 Nicolas Marinangeli Charouz race system 1m33.186s +1.911s 28
24 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m33.427s +2.152s 47
25 Sebastien Montoya Hitech GP 1m33.522s +2.247s 17
26 Gabriel Mini Hitech GP 1m33.577s +2.302s 19
27 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m33.622s +2.347s 47
28 Emmo Fittipaldi Charouz race system 1m33.634s +2.359s 21
29 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 1m33.709s +2.434s 51
30 Alex Garcia Jenzer Motorsport 1m33.754s +2.479s 26