Josef Kaufmann Racing duo Jehan Daruvala and Lando Norris led the way on the first day of the second Eurocup Formula Renault pre-season test at Paul Ricard.
With the circuit shared with Euroformula Open, the day’s running was split into four sessions.
Ex-Formula 3 driver Dorian Boccolacci was ahead for Tech 1 Racing in the first session before Norris lowered the benchmark in the second.
AVF’s Darius Oskoui topped session three, where times were slower after a mid-day rain shower, before Force India protege Daruvala set a new benchmark in improved conditions in the final hour.
The entire field set its best times in the final session, with Norris 0.031s slower than his team-mate’s 2m03.641s lap.
After dominating the recent Aragon test, Max Defourny was third for R-ace GP, followed by lead Fortec driver Vasily Romanov and AVF’s Harrison Scott.
Gabriel Aubry was the second best rookie behind Norris with sixth overall ahead of team-mate Boccolacci. Will Palmer (R-ace GP), Hugo de Sadeleer (Tech 1) and Nikita Troitskiy (Fortec) rounded out the top 10.
All 25 drivers that tested at Aragon were in action, joined by newcomers Finlay Hutchison and Ghislain Cordeel under the Hutchinson Racing and GMMA Formula Racing banners respectively, both having also taken part in the Paul Ricard test in November.
Scottish karting graduate Hutchison had a deal to race for Mark Burdett Motorsport in the NEC this season confirmed on Thursday.
|1||Jehan Daruvala||Josef Kaufmann Racing||2:03.641||48|
|2||Lando Norris||Josef Kaufmann Racing||2:03.672||0.031||47|
|3||Max Defourny||R-ace GP||2:03.878||0.237||64|
|4||Vasily Romanov||Fortec Motorsports||2:04.038||0.397||59|
|6||Gabriel Aubry||Tech 1 Racing||2:04.294||0.653||51|
|7||Dorian Boccolacci||Tech 1 Racing||2:04.296||0.655||54|
|8||Will Palmer||R-ace GP||2:04.318||0.677||79|
|9||Hugo de Sadeleer||Tech 1 Racing||2:04.381||0.740||56|
|10||Nikita Troitskiy||Fortec Motorsports||2:04.435||0.794||48|
|11||Sacha Fenestraz||Tech 1 Racing||2:04.491||0.850||50|
|12||Julien Falchero||R-ace GP||2:04.504||0.863||53|
|13||Alexey Korneev||JD Motorsports||2:04.577||0.936||57|
|15||Bruno Baptista||Fortec Motorsports||2:04.744||1.103||61|
|16||Robert Shwartzman||Josef Kaufmann Racing||2:04.882||1.241||65|
|17||James Allen||JD Motorsports||2:04.891||1.250||45|
|18||Ferdinand Habsburg||Fortec Motorsports||2:05.195||1.554||27|
|21||Ghislain Cordeel||GMMA Formula Racing||2:06.049||2.408||64|
|22||David Porcelli||MGR Motorsport||2:06.235||2.594||68|
|24||Rodrigo Pflucker||Cram Motorsport||2:06.598||2.957||62|
|25||Finlay Hutchison||Hutchison Racing||2:08.056||4.415||47|
|26||David Richert||Cram Motorsport||2:08.571||4.930||77|