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Albon fastest on maiden FR3.5 run as Aragon test begins

by Peter Allen
Alex Albon

Photo: Alvaro Villa

Alex Albon set the pace on his first morning in a Formula Renault 3.5 car as the three-day post-season test at Motorland Aragon got underway.

The Lotus F1 junior driver was one of 12 rookies taking part during the morning by invite from Renault Sport Technologies.

Driving for the Lotus-branded Charouz team, Albon set a time of 1m41.629s to put him nearly two tenths ahead of second-placed Draco regular Pietro Fantin.

Beitske Visser was third as she continues with her 2014 team AVF ahead of the second-best rookie, Formula Renault 2.0 Alps runner-up Charles Leclerc.

With the rookie invites only officially valid for the morning session, Leclerc will hand his Arden car over to Egor Orudzhev for the rest of the day, but the others are set to continue for the afternoon.

Andrea Pizzitola was fifth in the second Lotus car ahead of the third- and fourth-best invitees, FR2.0 NEC runner-up Louis Deletraz for Zeta Corse and Dennis Olsen for Strakka Racing.

Tio Ellinas was eighth in the other Strakka car ahead of Nicholas Latifi at Arden and Jazeman Jaafar at DAMS.

Other invitees included third-placed Alps driver Matevos Isaakyan, who was 11th fastest for AVF, and Eurocup and Alps champion Nyck de Vries, who continued his preparations for the 2015 season with DAMS with the 12th best time.

Fortec FR2.0 NEC graduates Seb Morris and Ben Barnicoat were 13th and 15th, separated by Euroformula Open champion Sandy Stuvik (Pons).

Nissan protege Jann Mardenborough received an invite to Tech 1 and was 16th fastest, with the invitees completed by Bruno Bonifacio (17th for Draco) and Indy Dontje (19th for Comtec).

Morning session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Alex Albon Lotus 1:41.629 43
2 Pietro Fantin International Draco Racing 1:41.827 0.198 50
3 Beitske Visser AVF 1:42.019 0.390 42
4 Charles Leclerc Arden Motorsport 1:42.046 0.417 44
5 Andrea Pizzitola Lotus 1:42.048 0.419 47
6 Louis Deletraz Zeta Corse 1:42.067 0.438 42
7 Dennis Olsen Strakka Racing 1:42.128 0.499 41
8 Tio Ellinas Strakka Racing 1:42.274 0.645 43
9 Nicholas Latifi Arden Motorsport 1:42.288 0.659 52
10 Jazeman Jaafar DAMS 1:42.379 0.750 41
11 Matevos Isaakyan AVF 1:42.442 0.813 34
12 Nyck de Vries DAMS 1:42.467 0.838 39
13 Seb Morris Fortec Motorsports 1:42.481 0.852 46
14 Sandy Stuvik Pons Racing 1:42.556 0.927 45
15 Ben Barnicoat Fortec Motorsports 1:42.689 1.060 35
16 Jann Mardenborough Tech 1 Racing 1:42.865 1.236 47
17 Bruno Bonifacio International Draco Racing 1:43.012 1.383 40
18 Gustav Malja Zeta Corse 1:43.081 1.452 41
19 Indy Dontje Comtec Racing 1:43.324 1.695 48
20 Luis Sa Silva Pons Racing 1:43.796 2.167 45