Van Amersfoort Racing’s Andreas Estner set the pace in both of Euroformula’s Thursday test sessions at Barcelona.
The German driver leads an 11-driver battle for third in the standings ahead of this weekend’s four-race season finale at the circuit, but his closest opponents on pace in pre-event testing were the two title contenders ahead of him in the points.
Series leader Yifei Ye was second fastest in both sessions, 0.299 seconds behind in the morning test and a closer 0.080s behind in the afternoon, while his CryptoTower Racing Team team-mate Lukas Dunner was half a second back in third place in the morning session.
Carlin’s Zane Maloney occupied that position in the afternoon to go fourth fastest overall, and it was only the top three drivers and Motopark’s Niklas Krutten – who incidentally is fourth in the points – who didn’t improve in the afternoon.
Louis Foster, who won in his debut weekend at Spa-Francorchamps last time out, completed the top five for Double R Racing. His team-mate Matthias Luethen, still yet to make his series debut despite contesting qualifying at Spa, propped up the timesheet.
Motopark’s Cameron Das started the day in fourth place, and his afternoon improvement actually left him down in sixth, ahead of Drivex School’s Glenn van Berlo and VAR’s Alexandre Bardinon.
Close behind in ninth was van Berlo’s team-mate Rafael Villagomez, who is graduating from Formula 4 to make his Euroformula debut this weekend, while Krutten rounded out the top 10.
|1||Andreas Estner||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m35.722s||51|
|5||Louis Foster||Double R Racing||1m36.458s||+0.736s||59|
|7||Glenn van Berlo||Drivex School||1m36.698s||+0.976s||64|
|8||Alexandre Bardinon||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m36.841s||+1.119s||62|
|9||Rafael Villagomez||Drivex School||1m36.876s||+1.154s||54|
|11||Sebastian Estner||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m36.921s||+1.199s||50|
|15||Matthias Luethen||Double R Racing||1m39.079s||+3.357s||54|