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Marciello tops Thursday collective testing at Vallelunga

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

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European F3’s championship leader Raffaele Marciello has gone quickest over the two sessions of collective testing at Vallelunga ahead of the penultimate racing weekend of the series’ season.

However, while the Italian would wind up with the fastest lap of the day, he did not manage to top the timesheets in the first session, narrowly losing out to Carlin man Daniil Kvyat.

Another driver from the British squad – Nicholas Latifi – was third, closely edging out Lucas Auer. Van Amersfoort’s recent signing Sven Muller was fifth, ahead of yet another Carlin driver Harry Tincknell and his Prema compatriot Lynn.

Jordan King and Jann Mardenborough made it five Carlin machines out of five in the top ten in eighth and ninth respectively, while T-Sport’s Alexander Sims completed the top ten.

In the afternoon run, Marciello rather comfortably claimed the top spot, with 1:29.220 being the best lap of the day. Sims, who led the opening stages of the session, settled for second, with Carlin duo of Kvyat and King taking third and fourth.

Lynn closed out the top five, placing one spot ahead of his teammate Auer. Pipo Derani was the quickest Fortec driver in seventh, while Muller took eighth, almost exactly repeating his laptime from the previous session. Championship hopeful Felix Rosenqvist settled for ninth, whilst Mardenborough rounded out the top ten.

Session results
Pos. Driver Team Session 1 Session 2
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam 1:29.565 1:29.220
2 Alexander Sims ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:30.009 1:29.379
3 Daniil Kvyat Carlin 1:29.502 1:29.454
4 Jordan King Carlin 1:29.992 1:29.524
5 Alex Lynn Prema Powerteam 1:29.987 1:29.545
6 Nicholas Latifi Carlin 1:29.660 1:30.566
7 Lucas Auer Prema Powerteam 1:29.686 1:29.748
8 Pipo Derani Fortec 1:30.061 1:29.790
9 Sven Muller Van Amersfoort 1:29.801 1:29.800
10 Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Motorsport 1:30.363 1:29.823
11 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 1:29.998 1:29.843
12 Harry Tincknell Carlin 1:29.979 1:29.906
13 Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort 1:30.335 1:29.923
14 Andre Rudersdorf ma-con 1:30.493 1:29.939
15 Spike Goddard ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:31.179 1:29.996
16 Felix Serralles Fortec 1:30.572 1:30.073
17 Eddie Cheever Prema Powerteam 1:30.180 1:30.089
18 Michael Lewis Mucke Motorsport 1:31.013 1:30.190
19 Tom Blomqvist EuroInternational 1:30.686 1:30.213
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Racing 1:30.379 1:30.237
21 John Bryant-Meisner Fortec 1:31.218 1:30.436
22 Roy Nissany Mucke Motorsport 1:30.662 1:30.591
23 Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Motorsport 1:30.610 1:30.849
24 Lucas Wolf URD Rennsport 1:31.096 1:30.807
25 Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Racing 1:31.730 1:31.116
26 Tatiana Calderon Double R Racing 1:31.119 1:31.133
27 Sean Gelael Double R Racing 1:31.712 1:31.399

Quickest personal time in bold
Quickest time of session in italics