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Leonardo Pulcini breaks ART stranglehold on GP3 testing at Jerez

by Peter Allen

Photo: Joe Portlock/GP3 Series Media Service

Campos driver Leonardo Pulcini brought ART Grand Prix’s dominance of GP3 pre-season testing to an end by topping the second and final day of running at Jerez.

Pulcini had been fourth fastest in a damp morning session behind a trio of ART drivers, with Callum Ilott leading Anthoine Hubert and Nikita Mazepin.

In the afternoon, both Ilott and Jake Hughes would take turns on top – the latter recovering after his ART car stopped on track during the morning – but Pulcini ended up quickest with a time of 1m30.408s.

That was 41 thousandths of a second faster than the benchmark set by Hubert on Wednesday.

Pedro Piquet took second place late on for Trident, 0.208s down on Pulcini, with Hughes and Hubert rounding out the top four.

Jenzer’s Tatiana Calderon beat Ilott to fifth, with Giuliano Alesi leading Niko Kari, Dorian Boccolacci and Simo Laaksonen at the foot of the top 10.

Day two times

Pos? Driver Team Morning Afternoon
1 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 1:32.363 1:30.255
2 Pedro Piquet Trident 1:32.997 1:30.463
3 Jake Hughes ART Grand Prix 1:37.780 1:30.500
4 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1:32.080 1:30.530
5 Tatiana Calderon Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.781 1:30.531
6 Callum Ilott ART Grand Prix 1:31.998 1:30.597
7 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:32.621 1:30.621
8 Niko Kari MP Motorsport 1:32.690 1:30.630
9 Dorian Boccolacci MP Motorsport 1:32.372 1:30.642
10 Simo Laaksonen Campos Racing 1:32.632 1:30.713
11 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1:32.217 1:30.744
12 Diego Menchaca Campos Racing 1:33.315 1:30.844
13 Juan Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport 1:33.232 1:30.848
14 Alessio Lorandi Trident 1:39.262 1:30.911
15 Gabriel Aubry Arden International 1:33.391 1:30.936
16 David Beckmann Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.531 1:30.989
17 Ryan Tveter Trident 1:32.960 1:31.122
18 Joey Mawson Arden International 1:32.957 1:31.279
19 Julien Falchero Arden International 1:32.993 1:31.500