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Dunne on top in the wet as F3 Imola test comes to a close

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Hitech GP’s Alex Dunne was fastest in a wet final session of FIA Formula 3 post-season testing at Imola.

The bad weather meant there was little track action at first, with Trident’s Santiago Ramos first to set a laptime nine minutes in. After 15 minutes he had been joined on track by three others, and the laptimes were considerably slower than in the morning session.

Ramos stayed on top for 59 minutes before Dunne set a 1m49.625s lap. That was beaten a minute later by Van Amersfoort Racing’s Noel Leon, and then several drivers traded fastest laps over the next 20 minutes.

The pace was brought down into the 1m46s, with MP Motorsport’s Tim Tramnitz on top at the halfway mark of the three-hour session.

Trident’s Sami Meguetounif was in second place, just 0.052 seconds behind, but shotly after he stopped at turn 21 with a technical problem and red flags were brought out.

Action resumed nine minutes later, and Prema’s Gabriele Mini set a new benchmark of 1m46.821s with 72 minutes left of the session. Not long after there was another red flag period, this time caused by Rodin Carlin’s Louis Sharp stopping at turn 14 with a technical problem.

Mini improved twice in the final hour, lowering the pace to 1m45.744s. Campos Racing’s Sebastian Montoya moved ahead of him with 36 minutes to go, setting a 1m45.682s, then five minutes later a flurry of improvements came in and Ugo Ugochukcu (Carlin), Leonardo Fornaroli (Trident), Dunne and Dino Beganovic (Prema) all spent time on top.

Fornaroli led the way with half an hour remaining, but his 1m45.181s laptime was soon beaten by Meguetounif who improved three times and brought the pace down into the 1m43s.

Mini returned to the top with 18 minutes to go, setting a 1m43.028s, the Fornaroli utilised his slipstream to go 0.724s faster, and finally Dunne set two successive improvements to go fastest by a second with a 1m39.730s lap.

His rivals were denied the chance to respond as red flags waved with a few minutes to go due to ART Grand Prix’s Nikola Tsolov stopping at turn 14.

Afternoon session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Alex Dunne Hitech GP 1m39.730s 31
2 Charlie Wurz Jenzer Motorsport 1m40.763s +1.033s 30
3 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m40.936s +1.206s 32
4 Gabriele Mini Prema 1m41.820s +2.090s 27
5 Max Esterson Jenzer Motorsport 1m41.950s +2.220s 40
6 Oliver Goethe Campos Racing 1m42.122s +2.392s 26
7 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m42.304s +2.574s 35
8 Lauens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m42.409s +2.679s 37
9 Mari Boya Campos Racing 1m43.060s +3.330s 31
10 Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix 1m43.284s +3.554s 35
11 Ugo Ugochukwu Carlin 1m43.339s +3.609s 30
12 Arvid Lindblad Prema 1m43.374s +3.644s 33
13 Tim Tramnitz MP Motorsport 1m43.403s +3.673s 32
14 Sami Meguetounif Trident 1m43.750s +4.020s 30
15 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak PHM Racing 1m43.786s +4.056s 35
16 Santiago Ramos Trident 1m43.998s +4.268s 38
17 Noel Leon Van Amersfoort Racing 1m44.044s +4.314s 43
18 Tommy Smith Van Amersfoort Racing 1m44.229s +4.499 31
19 Kacper Sztuka MP Motorsport 1m44.270s +4.540s 31
20 Gregoire Saucy MP Motorsport 1m44.279s +4.549s 31
21 Cian Shields Hitech GP 1m44.281s +4.551s 32
22 Christian Mansell ART Grand Prix 1m44.319s +4.589s 33
23 Sophia Floersch Van Amersfoort Racing 1m44.434s +4.704s 39
24 Joshua Dufek PHM Racing 1m44.544s +4.814s 28
25 Martinius Stenshorne Hitech GP 1m45.094s +5.364s 32
26 Louis Sharp Carlin 1m45.639s +5.909s 27
27 Sebastian Montoya Campos Racing 1m45.682s +5.952s 24
28 Callum Voisin Carlin 1m45.797s +6.067s 29
29 Matias Zagazeta Jenzer Motorsport 1m46.039s +6.309s 32
30 Joshua Duerksen PHM Racing 1m48.796s +9.066s 13