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Zhou tops Asian F3’s pre-season test at Dubai

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema’s Guanyu Zhou was fastest in the pre-season Asian Formula 3 test at Dubai Autodrome on Wednesday.

The three-session test took place on the circuit’s International layout, with Formula 2 regular Zhou setting the pace in the first two sessions.

It was his best lap from the morning that stood as the benchmark of the day, heading Mumbai Falcons’ Kush Maini by 0.382 seconds.

Pinnacle Motorsport’s Pierre-Louis Chovet was third, 0.685s back, and the trio were the pacesetters most of the time.

In session two, Zhou bettered Chovet by just 0.059s to go fastest, while Formula Regional European Championship race-winner Chovet set a last-minute lap in the final session to beat Maini to first place by 0.049s after Zhou led the early running.

Esports star Cem Bolukbasi was fourth fastest overall for BlackArts Racing, just pipping Zhou’s Ferrari-backed team-mate Dino Beganovic.

After starting the day 1.667s off the pace in 14th, Williams’ F2 junior Roy Nissany gradually rose up the order. In session two he improved to 12th in the overall classification, then with a set of late laps in the final session ended up briefly on top of the times before being shuffled down by Chovet and Maini and ending up sixth overall.

His Hitech GP team-mate Roman Stanek was 0.001s behind in seventh, with Ayumu Iwasa eighth in the third of the team’s cars.

Iwasa’s fellow Red Bull junior Jehan Daruvala started the day in sixth, but the F2 driver didn’t improve in his Mumbai Falcons-run car and ended up ninth in the times, just ahead of Motorscape’s Roberto Faria.

Amna Al Qubaisi and Isack Hadjar failed to record a representative laptime in the first session, but picked up pace once they were racking up the laps later on.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Guanyu Zhou Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema 1m34.391s 60
2 Kush Maini Mumbai Falcons 1m34.773s +0.382s 60
3 Pierre-Louis Chovet Pinnacle Motorsport 1m35.076s +0.685s 65
4 Cem Bolukbasi BlackArts Racing 1m35.318s +0.927s 57
5 Dino Beganovic Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema 1m35.332s +0.931s 62
6 Roy Nissany Hitech GP 1m35.386s +0.995s 61
7 Roman Stanek Hitech GP 1m35.387s +0.996s 63
8 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP 1m35.408s +1.017s 63
9 Jehan Daruvala Mumbai Falcons 1m35.432s +1.041s 63
10 Roberto Faria Motorscape 1m35.485s +1.094s 54
11 Lorenzo Fluxa BlackArts Racing 1m35.587s +1.196s 68
12 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m35.673s +1.282s 60
13 Patrik Pasma Evans GP 1m35.741s +1.350s 49
14 Alexandre Bardinon Pinnacle Motorsport 1m35.837s +1.446s 63
15 Casper Stevenson Evans GP 1m35.875s +1.484s 36
16 Rafael Villagomez BlackArts Racing 1m35.953s +1.562s 55
17 Alessio Deledda Pinnacle Motorsport 1m36.064s +1.673s 57
18 Nicola Marinangeli Motorscape 1m36.293s +1.902s 56
19 Isack Hadjar Evans GP 1m36.331s +1.940s 29
20 Matthias Luethen Pinnacle Motorsport 1m36.331s +1.940s 58
21 Zdenek Chovanec BlackArts Racing 1m36.743s +2.352s 43
22 Amna Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema 1m37.690s +3.299s 40
23 Irina Sidorkova Evans GP 1m38.491s +4.100s 41