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Stoneman tops afternoon running on day one of Jerez FR3.5 test

by Peter Allen
Dean Stoneman

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service

GP3 star Dean Stoneman posted the fastest time in the afternoon session of the first day of Formula Renault 3.5 post-season testing at Jerez.

Testing for Arden, Stoneman led much of the session with a time of 1m28.710s. That was eight tenths of a second away from Pietro Fantin‘s morning benchmark.

0.256s adrift of Stoneman in second was Oscar Tunjo, who is signed with Pons into 2015. Stoneman will line-up alongside the Colombian at Pons on Wednesday.

Luca Ghiotto was third in the Fortec car that won Sunday’s season finale in the hands of Oliver Rowland. Lotus driver Alex Fontana continued his impressive pace on his first day in an FR3.5 car with fourth.

Jordan King was fifth in the second Arden entry ahead of Formula Renault 2.0 graduates Dennis Olsen and Nyck de Vries of Strakka and DAMS respectively.

Sunday P2 finisher Nicholas Latifi was eighth for Strakka, followed by Fortec’s Egor Orudzhev and ISR tester Andrea Pizzitola.

In an addition to the entry list for Wednesday, Strakka will test Jake Hughes alongside Olsen. Hughes has raced for the team’s new FR2.0 operation in recent weeks, and tested the FR2.0 test on Monday for ART. He replaces Latifi, who is due to take Fontana’s place at Lotus. Orudzhev takes over from Stoneman at Arden, and is replcaed at Fortec by Jazeman Jaafar.

Afternoon session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Dean Stoneman Arden International 1:28.710 30
2 Oscar Tunjo Pons Racing 1:28.966 0.256 27
3 Luca Ghiotto Fortec Motorsports 1:29.135 0.425 34
4 Alex Fontana Lotus 1:29.181 0.471 14
5 Jordan King Arden International 1:29.263 0.553 27
6 Dennis Olsen Strakka Racing 1:29.368 0.658 32
7 Nyck de Vries DAMS 1:29.449 0.739 30
8 Nicholas Latifi Strakka Racing 1:29.537 0.827 41
9 Egor Orudzhev Fortec Motorsports 1:29.776 1.066 31
10 Andrea Pizzitola ISR 1:29.854 1.144 23
11 Pietro Fantin International Draco Racing 1:29.919 1.209 14
12 Robert Visoiu Pons Racing 1:30.028 1.318 28
13 Jimmy Eriksson DAMS 1:30.047 1.337 30
14 Gustav Malja ISR 1:30.146 1.436 23
15 Beitske Visser AVF 1:30.154 1.444 36
16 Steijn Schothorst Comtec Racing 1:30.156 1.446 28
17 Bruno Bonifacio International Draco Racing 1:30.676 1.966 25
18 Richard Gonda Tech 1 Racing 1:31.169 2.459 13
19 Matthieu Vaxiviere Lotus 1:33.177 4.467 3