Manor MP’s 2014 recruit Andrea Pizzitola posted the quickest lap of the afternoon session on day two of pre-season testing at Motorland Aragon.
Pizzitola prominently figured at the front for much of the three-and-a-half-hour session, taking over at the top as the drivers came into the final hour of testing.
Both he and nearest rival Kevin Jorg posted a number of fast laps over the course of the remaining sixty minutes, and, while Pizzitola had his sole under 1:56 effort deleted due to his car being underweight, he managed to retain first until the closing minutes of the session.
With ten minutes to go, the test was already over for many of the frontrunners, but there was a sudden brief surge from the Prema trio, led by Estonian Hans Villemi, who took over at the top of the session and held the best time until the checkered flag. However, Villemi would be demoted out of the top ten due to a weight infringement and the benchmark for the session returned to Pizzitola.
As Jorg remained in second, Prema’s rookie Dennis Olsen got very close to the Swiss racer’s time in third, finishing the session just 0.002s off. Morning pacesetter Alex Albon was fourth, while yesterday running’s rookie star Matevos Isaakyan ended a strong test in fifth.
Levin Amweg took sixth, ahead of Fortec’s Matt Parry and Prema Powerteam’s Bruno Bonifacio. Ryan Tveter and Nyck de Vries rounded out the top ten.
The overall best lap of the two days of running wound up going to KTR’s Albon.
|1||Andrea Pizzitola||Manor MP Motorsport||1:56.021||29|
|2||Kevin Jorg||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1:56.070||0.049||28|
|3||Dennis Olsen||Prema Powerteam||1:56.072||0.051||46|
|6||Levin Amweg||ART Junior Team||1:56.294||0.273||33|
|7||Matt Parry||Fortec Motorsports||1:56.303||0.282||30|
|8||Bruno Bonifacio||Prema Powerteam||1:56.390||0.369||29|
|9||Ryan Tveter||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1:56.434||0.413||27|
|10||Nyck de Vries||Koiranen GP||1:56.438||0.417||37|
|11||Anthoine Hubert||Tech 1 Racing||1:56.470||0.449||40|
|12||Callan O’Keeffe||ART Junior Team||1:56.511||0.490||38|
|13||Louis Deletraz||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1:56.552||0.531||34|
|14||Darius Oskoui||ARTA Engineering||1:56.555||0.534||31|
|15||Matthew Graham||Manor MP Motorsport||1:56.581||0.560||31|
|16||Aurelien Panis||ART Junior Team||1:56.599||0.578||45|
|19||Hans Villemi||Prema Powerteam||1:56.773||0.752||39|
|20||Akash Nandy||Tech 1 Racing||1:56.867||0.846||46|
|22||Luke Chudleigh||Tech 1 Racing||1:56.981||0.960||48|
|23||Egor Orudzhev||Tech 1 Racing||1:57.255||1.234||34|
|24||Ignazio D’Agosto||Koiranen GP||1:57.375||1.354||30|
|25||Christof von Grunigen||China BRT by JCS||1:57.432||1.411||35|
|26||Vasily Romanov||Tech 1 Racing||1:57.435||1.414||40|
|27||Matheo Tuscher||China BRT by JCS||1:57.652||1.631||32|
|28||James Allen||ARTA Engineering||1:57.680||1.659||32|
|29||Simon Gachet||ARTA Engineering||1:57.977||1.956||23|
|30||Nicholas Surguladze||Koiranen GP||1:58.634||2.613||41|
|31||Martin Rump||Fortec Motorsports||2:07.431||11.410||3|