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GP3 leader Nirei Fukuzumi ends Hungaroring test on top

by Peter Allen
Nirei Fukuzumi

Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service

GP3 points leader Nirei Fukuzumi ended the two-day in-season test at the Hungaroring with the best time.

The Honda protege became the first and only driver to go below the 1m32s mark in the test just over an hour into the morning session with a 1m31.943s.

His ART Grand Prix team-mates Jack Aitken and George Russell completed the top three, 60 and 75 thousandths of a second behind the Japanese driver respectively in the morning.

All three went underneath Russell’s benchmark time of 1m32.159s from Tuesday, together with fourth-placed Raoul Hyman.

Campos Racing driver Hyman came close to matching his effort in the afternoon session, which he topped with a time of 1m32.191s.

Arden drivers Leonardo Pulcini and Niko Kari completed the top six in the morning, with Red Bull Junior Kari going on to be the closest driver to Hyman in the afternoon, albeit nearly four tenths adrift.

French Trident pairing Giuliano Alesi and Dorian Boccolacci rounded out the top eight, in front of DAMS driver Santino Ferrucci and Jenzer’s Alessio Lorandi, who took third in the afternoon.

Russell was the best-placed of the ART drivers in the later session in 11th.

Combined day two times

Pos? Driver Team Morning Afternoon
1 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:31.943 1:34.184
2 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:32.003 1:33.897
3 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:32.018 1:33.890
4 Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:32.128 1:32.191
5 Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1:32.204 1:32.787
6 Niko Kari Arden International 1:32.223 1:32.583
7 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:32.269 1:33.660
8 Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1:32.294 1:32.894
9 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:32.310 1:35.051
10 Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.418 1:32.643
11 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.472 1:32.748
12 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1:32.503 1:34.275
13 Bruno Baptista DAMS 1:32.561 1:34.993
14 Ryan Tveter Trident 1:32.581 1:35.226
15 Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1:32.598 1:33.463
16 Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1:32.691 1:33.122
17 Kevin Jorg Trident 1:32.730 1:35.697
18 Tatiana Calderon Arden International 1:32.733 1:33.856
19 Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1:32.976 1:33.919