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Goethe on top as teams focus on long runs in F3 test’s second afternoon

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Campos Racing’s Oliver Goethe was fastest in the afternoon session of the second day of FIA Formula 3 in-season testing at Barcelona, which teams devoted to long runs.

With much warmer Tarmac than in the morning due to the Spanish sun, drivers did not wait long before embarking on race simulations.

The session was halted as the first hour of running was completed as Rodin Motorsport’s Piotr Wisnicki had ran out of fuel an stopped on track. The red flags brought an adrupt end to several drivers’ long runs, meaning they fell short of completing a full race distance by a couple of laps.

The action resumed soon after with MP Motorsport and Campos’s drivers leaving the pitlane for the first time. Both contingents completed eight-lap runs, and they moved to the top of the timesheet. That was followed up with a second run of four laps, and while they improved their laptimes they were far from the benchmark pace set in the morning session when drivers did performance runs on new tyres.

More running took place in the last hour of the day, with most drivers finding more pace in their second long run of the afternoon.

With less than two minutes left on the clock, Goethe rose up to first place by setting a 1m28.213s. That put him ahead of MP’s Tim Tramnitz by 0.062 seconds, with Hitech GP’s Martinius Stenshorne and Luke Browning 0.196s and 0.25s behind repectively in third and fourth.

Campos’s drivers and the PHM Racing trio were the only ones to meet the chequered flag. While Goethe and team-mate Mari Boya in seventh place proved there was pace to be found at the end, the PHM drivers could not improve and filled the bottom three places on the timesheet as they were all more than 4.3s off the pace.

Prema’s Gabriele Mini, who topped the times in both Tuesday sessions, was only 24th fastest and 2.052s slower than Goethe.

Afternoon session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Oliver Goethe Campos Racing 1m28.213s   24
2 Tim Tramnitz MP Motorsport 1m28.275s +0.062s 24
3 Martinius Stenshorne Hitech GP 1m28.409s +0.196s 40
4 Luke Browning Hitech GP 1m28.463s +0.250s 40
5 Alex Dunne MP Motorsport 1m28.612s +0.399s 24
6 Sami Meguetounif Trident 1m28.667s +0.454s 34
7 Mari Boya Campos Racing 1m28.706s +0.493s 25
8 Cian Shields Hitech GP 1m28.725s +0.512s 38
9 Noel Leon Van Amersfoort Racing 1m28.759s +0.546s 39
10 Christian Mansell ART Grand Prix 1m28.764s +0.551s 39
11 Kacper Sztuka MP Motorsport 1m28.795s +0.582s 25
12 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m28.923s +0.710s 39
13 Sebastian Montoya Campos Racing 1m29.046s +0.833s 22
14 Charlie Wurz Jenzer Motorsport 1m29.210s +0.997s 40
15 Max Esterson Jenzer Motorsport 1m29.458s +1.245s 39
16 Joseph Loake Rodin Motorsport 1m29.494s +1.281s 36
17 Tommy Smith Van Amersfoort Racing 1m29.519s +1.306s 39
18 Arvid Lindblad Prema 1m29.537s +1.324s 36
19 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m29.588s +1.375s 34
20 Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix 1m29.810s +1.597s 39
21 Sophia Floersch Van Amersfoort Racing 1m29.948s +1.735s 42
22 Callum Voisin Rodin Motorsport 1m29.973s +1.760s 37
23 Piotr Wisnicki Rodin Motorsport 1m30.077s +1.864s 40
24 Gabriele Mini Prema 1m30.265s +2.052s 32
25 Matias Zagazeta Jenzer Motorsport 1m30.451s +2.238s 40
26 Santiago Ramos Trident 1m32.399s +4.186s 42
27 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m32.459s +4.246s 24
28 Nikita Bedrin PHM Racing 1m32.543s +4.330s 52
29 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak PHM Racing 1m32.582s +4.369s 54
30 Joshua Dufek PHM Racing 1m32.848s +4.635s 37